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Street slangs you must know when you in Lagos

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Lagos is the heartbeat of Nigeria-economically, socially and otherwise. From the comical to the puzzling and the most shocking, it all happens in this city of over 15 million people. It is a fascinating place to be.

Due to the complexities that make Lagos unique, people have evolved different ways to communicate, interact and pass along messages which can only be understood by people who are familiar with these slangs.

As a first time visitor in Lagos, you need to keep these slangs at your finger-tips as they may come handy at any time. Jovago.com, Africa’s No 1 hotel booking portal shares 5 street parlance you must know if you are resident in the centre of excellence.

Johnny Just Come

Also known as JJC, it is an argot used to describe someone who is naive because they are visiting an unfamiliar terrain for the first time. If people find this to be your status, they may want to take advantage of you. So, do not act like a JJC especially when you are inside a public bus or transacting business.


Amongst traders of Igbo extraction, Akube refers to goods or products that have little quality or have been previously used. Interestingly, many people have come to associate themselves with Akube products as its affordability attracts higher purchase.

Shine Your Eyes

Shine your eyes simply admonish you to be very vigilant. This is because Lagos is a crowded city and nearly everyone is in a hurry. You should be vigilant and conscious. By the you do not need to worry too much because Lagos is safe but ensure that you shine your eyes always.

On You Own

OYO is a state in South-west Nigeria. However, when ear catches that word, they are not referring to Oyo state, rather it simply means you are On Your Own. For example, if you want to borrow money from a friend, he uses the acronym OYO, it means it is not possible. It is often used to express negation.


Even though Owambe is a Yoruba slang, it is now a universal expression for partying. So, when next you hear Owambe, get your traditional wear ready, you are going for a christening, birthday or wedding and ensure that you enjoy yourself.

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