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New slangs from the Nigerian music industry in 2018

The New Year is more than one week old but the memories of a fun-filled 2018 as experienced in the Nigerian Music industry continues to thrill our minds.

Aside award winning records, unforgettable moments and major talking points that the past year offered us, one area that also enjoyed a major boost was our street dictionary as it was frequently updated with the introduction of new slangs or buzz words from some of our favorite celebrities.

While we wait for the new ones that will definitely take center-stage in 2019, here is a summary of some of the exciting ones that stuck in the past year.

At the close of 2018, the word ‘stew’ had a different meaning from its original definition, who is to blame? Wizkid and Tiwa Savage!

In the build-up to the release of some of his singles, Wizkid had first replaced the word, ‘Song/music’ for ‘Stew’, so instead of saying something like ‘New music coming out’, he used ‘New stew coming out’ and this was further heightened with the release of the visuals to his hit song, ‘Fever’ starring Tiwa Savage.


‘Stew’ became the new viral word used by his fans to describe anything from the stables of the Starboy that was considered good or beautiful. It is also being used to generally describe anything at all that is beautiful, elegant, or sexy.

One word that has birthed several new ones over the years is the word ‘money’. In 2018, we discovered yet another one, this time from the DMW stables.
Often used by Davido during his numerous online giveaways, the slang was later developed into an anthem with the release of the titled song featuring DMW’s pair of Davido and Peruzzi not forgetting Duncan Mighty with the much hyped video shot on the streets of Port-Harcourt.

Gbe Body E’
With the surge of the new pop culture dance move, ‘Zanku’, came a command that goes ahead of the song. ‘Gbe Body E’ which literally translates to ‘lift/move your body’ was crafted by indigenous rapper, Zlatan as a call for everyone to get off their feet and storm the dance floor.

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