LMAO!! 14 Funny Lagos Traffic And Auto Slangs With Their Meanings (Add Yours)
Nigerians would always be peculiar people. Thats what makes the country fun and distracts us from all the wahala .
If you are coming to Nigeria or Lagos for the first time, this would be very helpful .
Here are some slangs we won’t stop saying anytime soon.
This is the way we say “traffic jam” in Naija. I dey inside go slow.
This has two meanings, it means hailing a taxi and riding in it alone to your destination. It also means alighting from a bus or taxi.
Well, nothing much to say here, its Vulcanizer people.
“Rewire” is actually an action, the person doing the rewiring should be called an electrician, not a rewire, my country pipo!.
Its “bumper” folks, haha.
Men In Black
This refers to the police, the popo, the Nigerian Police Force.
This word doesnt really mean something abusive, it can be translated as “Carrier of people /carrier of crowd”. But the madness of the agberos has made the word abusive. So it means conductors, tax collectors, infact any tout and their species.
From my little understanding of Yoruba, alaye means “the living” “alive” “lively”,but the way its used is similar to the way Americans call their friends “nigga” or “brah” or “bro”.
It means “move” or “move fast” or “drive”.
Danfo slang for 500 Naira.I am still confused how they coined this name.
Danfo slang for 20 Naira. Muri=> Muritala Mohammed on the note
Danfo slang for 50 Naira. Coined from two out of the three major ethnic group’s intepretation of “come”.
Danfo slang for 10 Naira
Cut Your Hand
This one cracks me up every time.It means “turn the steering wheel”.
Now, incase you’re coming to Lagos anytime from now, just get familiar with these Traffic And Auto Slangs, so they won’t call you ‘Omo Ase (You should still be breastfed)’ or ‘JJC (Johhny just come)’.
If you know some slangs and its not listed above.