- “I no want katakata for Lagos when I de for dya.”
Confusion or chaos Katakata is derived from the word “scatter” in the English language and it maintains a similar connotation. It doesn’t exactly mean to scatter, but refers to confusion, disaster or chaos. Similar to “wakawaka” (see # 4) the word “kata,” (scatter) just as in “waka” (walk) is repeated for emphasis thus slightly changing the meaning to extremely scattered which in this case is confusion or disaster. The changes in pronunciation i.e. from scatter to kata and then to katakata are a result of dialect and with time this pronunciation was adopted and became a norm in Nigerian English.
Etymology : Katakata is derived from scatter in the English Language.
Source : My sister
Last modified: 10 June 2008