Slang ‘Pon the Tongue

IMAGE CREDIT: FREEPIK

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ACROSS AFRICA WE HAVE SEEN A PLETHORA OF SLANGS ENTER OUR VOCABULARY AND THIS TREND SEEMS TO BE VERY EVIDENT IN AFRICA’S MOST POPULOUS NATION, NIGERIA.

The Nigeria music industry is known to always introduce new slangs. These popular slangs are embraced by individuals in different parts of the world. The popular Nigerian performer and song writer, Olamide also known as “Baddo” has been recognized as the king of slangs. This is because, he introduces new slangs in nearly all of his hit singles that find their way into our vocabulary.

Consider this article a sneak peek into an unspoken trend in the Nigerian music industry.

In 2018, an avalanche of slangs (new buzzwords) enveloped the industry. Some of which include “stew” by Wizkid in his song “Fever,” “Ji Masun,” “Saint Sami – Ganja” slangs made famous by the Otunba Lamba, etc. The songs upon which these slangs are buoyed allows listeners explore their youth by bursting new dance moves and allowing them showcase their skills on social media as they join in on the trend. As such curator develop hashtags on social media which allows for visibility and trend hopping.

Currently, one slang burning up the Nigerian airwaves is “Gbe Body E”. You can’t simply walk the street without hearing it. It’s in conversations, tantrums, songs, movies, and everything else you can hear. The other day, my colleague used this same slang on me and then I knew I had to join the bandwagon.

The 'Gbe Body E' slang is a contemporary Yoruba slang for "move away or lift your body." This slang which was first introduced in 2018 by indigenous rapper Zlatan Ibile as a call for everyone to get off of their feet and hit the dancefloor has refused to die down. The slang came accompanied by a dance move that has been embraced by Nigerians – Zanku dance – and has created fame for same artist.

As it looks, Nigerian artists are ready to birth new slangs.

Stay woke and gbe body eh.