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It takes one thing to happen for a particular person or thing to get recognized, it was the disqualification of “Lionheart” from the Oscars foreign feature category that the distinctiveness of Nigerian English made it into the mainstream.

Folks debated on Twitter about how exactly Nigerian English differs from the British or American one, how it carries the peculiar cadence of Nigerians.

And now, the Oxford English Dictionary has recognised Nigerians’ ownership of the English language, and several of our words have made it into the dictionary for the first time.

In a statement released on the dictionary’s website, they wrote that “Nigerians have made, and are continuing to make, a unique and distinctive contribution to English as a global language,” and shared the 29 Nigerian-English words that are now “official.”

They are:

agric
barbing salon
buka
bukateria
chop
chop-chop
danfo
to eat money
ember months
flag-off
to flag off
gist (noun)
gist (verb)
guber
Kannywood
K-leg
mama put
next tomorrow
non-indigene
okada
to put to bed
qualitative
to rub minds
sef
send-forth
severally
tokunbo
zone (verb)
zoning (noun)

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