From Trabaye to Zazu – Check out the popular Nigerian slangs and their meanings


With about 43% making up the young people of the most populous country in the world, you are bound to get one or two trending slangs every other week.

With her teeming young population, Nigeria boasts of having one of the youngest populations in the world, and these young minds have to stay engaged and bubbly.

Have they been engaged properly or optimized to hit their potential? That’s a discussion for some other time.

For now, we focus on popular slangs that have become some sort of informal communication means amongst Netizens.

The use of slangs and social lingua by Nigerians mostly emanate from the Entertainment industry where artistes adopt or introduce slangs that go on to saturate the airwaves.


Popular Twitter user, @Jollz casually asked what Trabaye Means and we are sure she was never ready for the comments that trailed her tweet.

Trabaye is a street slang that became popularised in Portable’s meteoric hit song, Zazu. According to Urban Dictionary, Trabaye simply means ‘to misbehave as a result of intoxication caused by taking hard drugs.

Trabaye can also be interchanged with ‘Gbemi Debe’ which means get me from a low end to a high end.



Portable on this one again!

The street singer became a sensation last Christmas when his Zazu track hit the airwaves. Olamide’s feature on the song gave it the perfect ingredients to stay afloat on music charts late last year and early 2022.

The term Zazuu is a Nigerian gland for when something is good or unexpected.

For example, when a person receives a credit alert of a huge amount of money, they can say “o tun ti zeh” to express their happiness for the gift of money they have received even before they say what happened, if at all they do.



Nigerian Slangs
Kudirat Soremi AKA No Network

Enipe became a popular slang on social media alongside Pastor remote’s meme. The term itself dates back as far as 2010 in Nollywood movies.

The Yoruba slang word is translated as “you said what?” in the English Language. ‘Enipe’ is the name given to when a question is being evaded. It was made prominent by Yoruba Nollywood actress Kudirat Soremi popularly known as ‘Madam No Network’, who mostly acts partially deaf in movies.




The name Oxlade is the first social lingua for Nigerians in 2022. Following the leakage of Singer, Oxlade’s sex tape, Nigerians have likened Oxlade to sexual prowess.


Breakfast Na National Cake (BNNC)


Word on the street has it that this is not an organic trend. BNNC for shorts is a song recently released by budding Nigerian singer Tomii. The song reiterates that a breakup is not meant for a set of people but anyone can go through it.

An independent check by Burbles Media while it trended on Twitter shows that influencers might have been paid to make the slang go viral ahead of the release of the song. This makes it seem as though the track was recorded on popular demand.

A smart one that is.

Nigerian youth, especially those who aren’t in any romantic relationship now tease their friends who are in one by singing that line of the song to tell them that in their relationship they stand the risk of getting heartbroken.

E Choke

This slang simply means when something is massive and unexpected. It all started with Davido and it became a movement at some point.

Clipping your hand around your neck and acting like you are being smothered is the gesture communication for the slang.

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