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Moving to Lagos? Get the Lowdown on the Lingo. (Part II)

As promised, here is Part II of my A-Z of Lagos Lingo.  If you haven’t read Part I yet, click here.

N-Z of Lagos Lingo

N is for

NEPA plc

The Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHC or PHCN) used to be called the National Electric Power Authority (NEPA plc).  Due to the frequent power outages, it was more commonly referred to as:  Never Ever Power Available, please light candle

N is also for Naira

Nigeria’s currency

Naija

A slang name for Nigeria

Nollywood

I’ll let you work that one out for yourself.

O is for

Oyinbo (I’ve also seen this spelled oyibo)

Literally it means peeled skin.  If you are a white person, you will probably hear this often, usually to get your attention (yes, you are the peeled skin person) or as an informal greeting. Continue reading