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Babawilly's Dictionary of
Pidgin English Words and Phrases.

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O!: Placed at the end of sentences for emphasis and effect E.g. I go broke bottle for yua head O!
Oba:
Traditional ruler. Also Olu, Ovie and Sultan.
Obey the wind:
Skinny, Very underweight individual.
Obioma:
See Mobile tailor.
Obito:
1. All night wake.
Objectiv:
Multiple choice examination.
Obobo canda:
Light skinned person.(Derogatory).
Obodo:
Homestead.
Obokun:
1. Cat fish 2. Mercedes Benz limousine
Obrokotor:
Obese person.
October rush:
Frantic chasing of female freshmen (Jambitoes) in Nigerian universities by senior male students.
Oda:
Other.
Odeku:
Large bottle of Guinness stout.
Odu:
Shady business.
Odudoof:
(Derisory) Overweight individual.
Ofofo:
Yoruba word for Gossip.
Oga:
Person in charge. Also Oga pata pata.
Ogbele o!:
Goodness gracious! See Ye pa!
Ogboju:
Bluff your way through. See Bold face.
Ogbologbo:
Old hand
Ogbono:
Soup made from ground Ogbono seeds, crayfish, beef, dried fish, okra, spinach and pepper.
Ogi:
Pap made from corn. Also Akamu.
Ogogoro:
See Apketeshi.
Ojare:
Said at the end of sentences for emphasis. E.g Comot for road Ojare!
Oje marina:
Big lie.
Ojoro:
Cheating.
Ojuju:
Masquerade.
Okada:
1. Name of Nigerian Airline. 2. Motor cycle taxi. See By air.
Okirikpotor:
1. Eczema. 2. Dermatitis.
Okpetu:
1. Trouble 2.It has happened!
Okporoko:
Stork fish.
Okrika wake up:
Second hand clothes. Also Gorgio Amadi.
Ol'boy:
Yo my man.
Ole:
Theif. Also Teif.
Olodo:
Dunce.
Olofofo:
Gossip ( Yoruba word). Also Tatafo and Amebo
Olopa:
Police officer.
Omi ni polish:
Patent leather shoes.
Omo:
1. Child 2. My friend 3. Popular detergent powder.
Omo ale trousa:
Literally means Prisoner's trousers i.e. Trousers that barely reach the ankles. See Jump up pee. Also called Michael Jaskin.
Omolanke:
Labourer for hire who carries goods in a large custom made wooden wheelbarrow.
Omoge:
Fine girl. Also Chinani, Chickito, Gboyen, Si si and Babi.
Omota:
Ruffian or rude boy.
One day one day:
One of these days. Used as a warning for those involved in dodgy acts e.g One day one day monkey go go market e no go come back meaning everyday foe the thief one day for the owner.
One kain:
Odd E.g Dat guy dress one kain.
One thousand and four:
Popular block of flats in Lagos Island.
Onioburu:
Night soil man. Also Agbepo.
Opaks:
Worthless.
Opari:
It is finished.
Opeke:
Good looking girl. See Omoge.
Open eye:
1. Wise up. 2. Become sexually active.
Open mouth:
1. Talk e.g Abeg no open mouth laik dat.2. Astonishment e.g Ol' boy, the way dem spray money nyanfu nyanfu for dat party, Omo na so I open mouth.
Open ya sense:
Use your intelligence.
Operation:
Armed robbery.
Operation sweep:
( Defunct) Special police anti-crime task force.
Opkor:
Juju.
Opon:
Yoruba word for prominent forehead. Also Crash helmet.
Oppressor!:
Owner of big car.
Orenj:
Orange.
Osa straight:
Molue. Literally means Straight into the lagoon. Called so because of accidents involving Molue Buses plunging into the lagoon in Lagos.
Otopiapia:
Rat poison.
Over-graduate:
Postgraduate student. (As opposed to undergraduate).
Overs:
Overseas.
Over stone:
Disallowed goal when stones are used for goal posts and the ball goes directly above the stone.
Ovie:
King.
Owambe:
Yoruba word meaning it is there, denoting a lavish party with live music.
Owo:
Urhobo soup made from palm oil, dried meat and fish, crayfish, potash, pepper, cassava starch and Egidije. Also called Oil soup.
Oyinbo:
1. Caucasian 2. English 3. Big English words.
Oyoyo:
1. Good times 2. Jollification.. See Ariya.

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