The Thread: “Pesin wey don die no dey fear knife” | Twitter NG shares their fave Nigerian expressions

It’s a thing of wonder, isn’t it, how Nigerians can take the English language and do “unheard-of things with it” (The Economist did a whole piece on that). We took Queen’s English and made it our own- hello, Pidgin. We have fantastic coinages (e.g stomach infrastructure; wailing wailers) and deep, interesting proverbs, which we’ll get to in a minute.

In celebration of our creativity, Tola Sarumi of “international exposure” immortality asked Twitter NG to share their favourite “Nigerianisms”.

They were too willing to please:


Abeg, I can’t shout.

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