There are certain phrases and words that are uniquely Nigerian and I wanted to give you some examples...
- I am coming - I wrote a whole blog post about this previously, but basically it means, "at some point in the future, I will be back"
- Off de [light, a/c, etc.] - This phrase is used instead of saying "Can you turn off the [whatever]"
- Dash or dash you - If someone is going to dash you something, it basically means they are giving you something, so "Please, dash me 1000 Naira" means "Please can you give me 1000 Naira?"
- Ahbeg - Literally "I beg." It can be used in two different ways. The first is with genuine sincerity, like "Please loan me 1000 Naira, ahbeg." The other is used in a sarcastic way, like "Please! Leave me alone, ahbeg!"
- The boot - This means a trunk of a car. If you say "Driver, open the trunk," they'll look at you and have no idea what you are asking. But if you say "Please, open the boot," they'll totally know what you are asking. This is a leftover British saying as the British call the trunk the boot to this day.