Nigeria and the Oxford English Dictionary 'rub minds'

LAGOS/ABUJA (Reuters) – Ask a Nigerian what corrupt politicians do with general public funds and he or she could say, “They chop it.” The Oxford English Dictionary agrees.

A scrabble board, pouch and creating elements are found on a desk for the duration of a scrabble competitors in Abuja, Nigeria, January 25, 2020. Picture taken January 25, 2020. REUTERS/Afolabi Sotunde

Hailing from the streets of Nigeria, “to chop” – this means to illicitly make cash, and “rub minds” – a synonym for “confer”, are amongst 29 distinct aspects of Nigerian English to obtain delight of area in the august dictionary.

“By taking ownership of English and utilizing it as their very own medium of expression, Nigerians have manufactured, and are continuing to make, a exceptional and unique contribution to English as a world-wide language,” the dictionary said in notes accompanying its latest update this month.

One particular of the main motorists of Nigerian cultural influence overseas has been its Afropop new music which now dominates swathes of property continent Africa and affected the function of abroad artists as massive as Drake.

Getting Nigerian English identified for inclusion has not been quick, however, according to Nigerian creator TJ Benson, who reported his beloved of the new Nigerian terms generating it into the dictionary was “severally”, indicating “repeatedly”.

“When it (Nigerian English) is becoming suppressed or we are currently being advised that there is a greater way (of expressing a thing), or this is what is appropriate and then this is what is not correct, I assume it has an effect on us and it also demeans us,” he told Reuters.

“I assume this (recognition) is empowering for lots of us writers and for each day people today, due to the fact at the conclusion of the working day it ties again to id and how we perceive ourselves and how we express ourselves.”

Yet another of the exclusive Nigerian references now in the dictionary is “okada”, which stems from the huge website traffic jams for which megacity Lagos is internationally infamous.

Okada are motorcycle taxis that weave by way of motionless cars and are named after the defunct Okada Air airline because they are normally the only way to “fly” through the town.

But okada are the bane of day by day commuters these as baker Dambo Godfrey. “There is no working day I go out that I never see okada in my path,” mentioned Godfrey. “It ought to not be quite hard (now) for me to make clear to a white guy when he is inquiring what is an okada – I will say: ‘Go and check out your English dictionary’.”

Godfrey extra that the Oxford English Dictionary’s embrace of phrases from Nigeria, with the world’s major black populace in a person nation – was only right. “If in excess of 190 million persons are indicating a single matter, it is a thing that ought to be well known.”

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Reporting by Angela Ukomadu in Lagos and Paul Carsten in Abuja Editing by Mark Heinrich

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