List Of 5 Popular Nigerian Artists And Their Slangs


Nigerian music artists wield immense influence over the country’s vibrant pop culture scene. Their unique style, language, and perspectives resonate deeply with the youth, sculpting the very fabric of contemporary society.

Notably, this phenomenon isn’t confined to just the realm of music. Across diverse fields, Nigerian celebrities exert their gravitational pull on popular culture. Yet, when it comes to molding pop culture, it’s the musicians who hold an unparalleled sway. One striking example of their influence lies in how they’ve breathed life into slangs and catchphrases, igniting trends and captivating their fanbase.

Dive into the rich tapestry of Nigerian music, and you’ll discover a treasure trove of slangs that have surged to prominence, all thanks to the ingenuity of the artists behind them. Here, we uncover five of the trendiest slangs that have set the internet ablaze in recent years.

1. Burna Boy‘You go explain tire, no evidence’.

‘You go explain tire, no evidence’- Burna Boy
Burna Boy

This represents the latest addition to our slang collection. The origin traces back to August 2023 when Burna Boy, during an Instagram live session with his fans, emphasized the connection between success and hard work. The phrase gained immense popularity among fans, effectively meaning, “You’ll find yourself constantly explaining.”


2. Davido – “E choke”.

Davido – "E choke".

This widely-used slang, ‘E Choke,’ was originally termed by none other than Davido himself. In essence, ‘E Choke’ conveys a sense of being overwhelmed or astounded by something exceptionally impressive, remarkable, or delightful. For example, when observing the multitude of diamonds on Davido’s necklace, one might exclaim, “E choke!”

3. Mr Eazi – “Zagadat”

Mr Eazi
Mr Eazi

This Jamaican-influenced slang, revitalized by Ghanaian youth and popularized by Mr. Eazi, signifies ‘confirmed,’ ‘accurate,’ or ‘acknowledged.’

Example sentence: Could you hand me the salt, please?



4. Naira Marley – “Ma Fo”.

Naira Marley
Naira Marley

The newest ambassador for NDLEA, Naira Marley, gained fame for popularizing this phrase. “Ma Fo” is a Yoruba expression that translates to “don’t break” literally, but in context, it conveys “Don’t be intimidated” or “Stay strong.”

Example sentence: Don’t worry, your results will be fine, ma fo!


5. Rexxie – “KPK/OPP”.


This widely-used slang finds its roots in the track “OPP” by Rexxie featuring Mohbad. The initial lyrics of the song go, ‘Ta lo so pe ko po ke? OPP, o po pa. OPG, o po gan,’ which can be interpreted as “Who says it’s not plenty? It’s very plenty, it’s very plenty.” Nowadays, this phrase is employed to convey that something is abundant.

For example: “Look at all these gifts I received! OPG.”


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