12 Slangs Nigerian Music Has Taught Us


This photo post is a memes collection of some widely used slangs originated by some top a-list acts in our Nigerian music industry today that have gone on to form a major part of our conversational vocabulary especially in vernacular communication.

Enjoy watching, and do well to comment any other popular slangs culled from Nigerian music that you might have knowledge of.


Slang credit: Olamide
Baddo would be the term used to connote the act of lauding someone’s reputation at a particular art, one who is especially willed at the doing of it.

Jonzing world

Slang credit: D’Prince
Jonzing can otherwise be related to an excessive feeling of one’s self.

Fi le!

Fi le… Don Touch It!
Slang credit: D’Banj
This is synonymous especially to broadcasting stations when they require you to stay tuned and not touch that dial.

Awon smellos

Slang credit: Olamide
As at the time when “frosh” was the in-thing for n*ggaz, smellos became the exact opposite in response.

No Shaking

No Shaking
Slang credit: 2face Idibia
This term expresses one’s state of being/a temporary state of affairs.


Slang credit: Phyno
Alobam would be an alternative term for addressing ‘your brother from another mother’ aka ur padi. This is especially common to the South Eastern folk.

Shoro niyen

Shoro Niyen
Slang credit: Olamide
If you must express astonishment at some kin yarns, shoro niyen is the perfect reply to such.

De koko

Slang credit: D’Banj
Saying the koko is like intensifying one’s expression on a subject matter.

Notin de happen

Notin De Happen
Slang credit: 2face Idibia
This ascertains a state of chill.


Slang credit: Lynxxx
Wassup has become a generally accepted style of greeting, popular with the youthful folk. It is also a basic conversational starter.

No long tin

No Long Tin
Slang credit: D’Banj
This is synonymous to another popular local parlance, no wahala also expressing a state of being.

Turn up

Turn Up
Slang credit: Olamide
When you show up for a hangout, party, club or any form of celebratory gig with loud music and booze.

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