Commonly used Nigerian English words and expressions has been recognised by the international community as the Oxford English Dictionary has included them in the recent update to the dictionary.

Announcing the inclusion of 29 Nigerian words in their January's update, Oxford noted on their website blog post that some of the words were borrowed while others are coinages

Their post read:

The majority of these new additions are either borrowings from Nigerian languages, or unique Nigerian coinages that have only begun to be used in English in the second half of the twentieth century, mostly in the 1970s and 1980s. 

Below are the Nigerian words that was added to the updated Oxford Dictionary;


  • Agric, adj. & n.
  • Barbing salon, n.
  • Buka, n.
  • Bukateria, n.
  • Chop, v./6
  • Chop-chop, n./2
  • Danfo, n.
  • To eat money, in eat, v.
  • Ember months, n.
  • Flag-off, n.
  • To flag off in flag, v.
  • Gist, n./3
  • Gist, v./2
  • Guber, adj.
  • Kannywood, n.
  • K-leg, n.
  • Mama put, n.
  • Next tomorrow, n. & adv.
  • Non-indigene, adj. & n.
  • Okada, n.
  • To put to bed, in put, v.
  • Qualitative, adj.
  • To rub minds (together) in rub, v./1
  • Sef, adv.
  • Send-forth, n.
  • Severally, adv.
  • Tokunbo, adj.
  • Zone, v.
  • Zoning, n.




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