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The music sector of Nigeria’s entertainment industry has experienced significant growth over the years. As our artist blesses us with beautiful music spicing them up with musical terms that vibes with the Nigerian audience and also influence vocabulary usage by many. These slangs are countless but we would be touching only a few.

The dictionary meaning of Slang is a type of language consisting of words and phrases that are regarded as very informal, are more common in speech than writing and are typically restricted to a particular context or group of people. They are mainly called street words because it is usually used by people who understand its meaning in the context of the music they listen to.



The world TULE is a Yoruba term that means ‘Leave it’. this Slang was recently introduced by the DMW boss Davido Adeleke popularly known as Davido. It was introduced at the time he had a clash with Burna Boy and made a statement on his page about him quitting the music industry out of the negative energy he was getting from people around. Hours later he released a clip in his IG page with him screaming ‘TULE JOR’ he went further to set up a challenge for the slang.


There is no doubt that the slag KPK has overwhelmed our community and hardly would you pass by without hearing this slang especially in the street of Lagos. KPK was introduced by Mohbad who is a Nigerian rapper from the Malian records. ‘KPK’ meaning ‘ko kpo ke’, how do I translate this into English now? …actually, it’s a rhetorical question that can be interpreted to be ’not plenty?’ lol.


The slang BADOO was introduced by OLAMIDE ADEDEJI the YBNL general who is popularly known as Olamide and also calls himself BADOO. The Slang BADOO doesn’t necessarily mean that someone is bad but in his context, it means someone who is highly respected and skilled at what he does effortlessly. this slang was used in his song so much that it became a vocabulary amongst the youths.


Adewale Mayowa Emmanuel (born 23 March 1994), known professionally as Mayorkun, is a Nigerian singer, songwriter, and pianist popularly Called Mayor of Lagos by many. Gege/ This gbedu no be Agege is a tagline that tells you that you are about to listen to a song owned by him. However, fans turned it into “This bread no be Agege” a reference to the popular “Agege bread’ which most Lagosians prefer eating and has been a running gag on the internet.

[Video] Dremo – “E Be Tins” ft. Mayorkun


Just like ‘FEM’, E be tins was a common street slang though not popular until Demo decided to make a song with the same name which led to its popularity. ‘E be tins’ is used to express astonishment when one hears a crazy story.

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