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wahala

noun;
Affliction, trouble or tribulation Wahala is a word that has been used in both the Yoruba and Hausa language for a very long period of time. These two languages are very distinct and are spoken in completely different regions of Nigeria. There has been speculation that it has been derived from Arabic, and due to the Arabic influence in both the north and west, (regions where hausa and Yoruba is spoken) the word was adopted and became part of the two languages centuries ago. Wahala has a negative connotation and refers to an affliction, grave trouble or tribulation.
 
“I don’t want any wahala, just listen and do what daddy says!”
Etymology : A word common in both the Yoruba and Hausa Language of Nigeria.
Source : My dad
Last modified: 10 June 2008


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