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Every year, new words or slangs with various meanings are coined on the internet.

They have been picked up by many Nigerians regardless of Age, status and gender. Eventually, they turn into a phenomenal internet statement that carries on over to real life conversations.

This year, we had several slangs break the Nigerian crowd on social media networks. Some of these slangs were derived from music lyrics, words uttered by celebrities or random funny videos.

These slangs have been used by people to express themselves in a more amusing manner.

Predictably, these slangs trended for months and some are still actively used in conversations -online and offline.

Below is a list of the most popular and trendy slangs that were introduced in 2018.

  • Lazy Nigerian Youths

This came to the limelight when the current president of Nigeria -Mohammadu Buhari- gave a speech at a conference this year and tagged Nigerian youths as lazy. The words have been used for humor ever since by most Nigerians.

  • Assurance

The title of one of Davido’s hit songs of 2018 which was dedicated to his girlfriend, Chioma. It actually became popular when he gave her a car as an assurance of his love for her. The slang ‘assurance’ trended for a while as the word and the ensuing story was on everyone’s lips.

  • Sho mo age mi

Sho mo age mi which translates to “Do you know my age?” is a Yoruba phrase.

It was introduced through an instagram clip before quickly becoming popular on social media and it has since been used to put younger people in order -also as a comical reference between friends.

  • Na dem dey rush us

Introduced to our screens and social media pages by the Nollywood actor, Charles Inojie, this phrase was cut from one of his scenes in a movie.

The entire sentence goes, ‘fine boys like us, we no too dey rush dem, na dem dey rush us’ which basically means he doesn’t need to go after girls, they are the ones coming after him.

This phrase has been orchestrated to fit into several amusing situations and we have to admit, it still cracks us up!

  • Accolades

Gotten from a popular comedy skit made by Nollywood actor , Charles Okocha, accolades which was coined from the complete phrase “I deserve some accolades” is used when talking about getting your due reward for work done.

  • Everywhere stew

Introduced by popular musician , Wizkid, as a tweet. It became a popular slang after he captioned a picture of him and Tiwa Savage with the phrase “everywhere stew”. This was following the release of his music video ‘Fever’ with Tiwa savage as the video vixen. The slang took the internet hard with every Nigerian using the phrase to describe anything too ‘hot’ to handle.

Other slangs and phrases that also trended include;



-Omo shepeteri/Oshaprapra/Ji masun

-They didn’t caught me

-Oya hit me


-Wetin we gain

-Spell buhari

-Stay woke

Which of these were your most and least favorites? Share your opinions with us in the comment section!

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