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Oyibo

noun;
Caucasian Oyibo is an extremely popular word used not only in Nigeria, but in other West African countries like Ghana, Sierra Leone, Togo and Benin Republic. It is one of the few words that can be found in different versions of West African Pidgin languages. Oyibo can be used as either an adjective or noun to describe a white person or Caucasian. It could also mean foreign and can be used to describe an unusually light skinned black person. For example, one can say “I was so surprised to meet so many nice oyibo people in South Africa!” or use it as a noun, “Ask the oyibo to please sign the card.”
 
“Oyibo people don wound Nigeria finish!”
Etymology : Derived from the Yoruba language, spoken in Western Nigeria.
Source : Guardian Nigerian Newspapers
Last modified: 10 June 2008


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