location where used: Edo State


Right away. Given the predominant usage in Nigeria, it is likely of Yoruba origin meaning “right away”. Usage in parts of Accra have use it in the sentiment of the local Ga language where “O ya” would mean, you go.

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Boss. Of Yoruba origin with the same meaning or similarly, big. Can be used both respectfully or informally.

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A gossiper, gossipmonger… From Urhobo language, “Avwebo”/”Aʋɛbo”, meaning the favourite amongst multiple wives in a polygamy; mother of house or senior wife. De facto in charge of the compound, having the ears of the husband and privy to all his affairs, Aʋɛbo would often serve as the goody-two-shoes conduit for gossip in order to win favour with her audience.

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