How to Greet in Nigeria with different languages


Learn Nigeria greetings. It is quite interesting to know that the word hello is one of the most used words in the day to day activity of Man although it is usually disregarded or Considered less important in discussions.

But think for a moment, as a typical Nigerian, when your mobile phone rings and you pick up, what is the very first thing you say? Hello.

Even when you are meeting someone for the very first time, in order to start up a conversation, you will most likely use the word “hello”. You see how relevant this word is to human especially Nigerians.

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Do you know that this same word ” hello” is used in communicating in several Nigerian local languages?

In this article, I will be introducing to you different ways of saying hello and greeting in several Nigerian local languages.

Ibo way of greeting: Kedu

In Ibo language, this is a simple way of saying hello though it literally means how are you, this greeting is mostly used amongst the Ibo ethnic groups. As an informal way of greeting, it can be used to greet at any time of the day and in whatever circumstance.

Yoruba way of greeting: Bawo ni!

If you have been opportune to live or visit in any area where the Yoruba language is largely spoken, then you must have heard the Yoruba people greeting with this phrase regularly. It can be used at any time of the day as it simply means “how is it” or “how are you”. It can be used in the family setting and amongst friends and relatives.

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Efik way of greeting: Mesiere

In Efik/Ibibio communities, this is a way of greeting, although others prefer to use the phrases “ Idem mfo? “ or “ Abadie” but of all Mesiere is the most common form of greeting used amongst families and groups of people.


Hausa way of greeting: Sannu!

In the Northern part of Nigeria, this is a widely known phrase used in greeting. It simply means hello.
Sannu is considered a very respectful way of greeting amongst the Hausa speaking communities.

Idoma way of greeting: Abole

The greeting Abole literally means “How are you?” or just “Hello”. It’s a greeting phrase commonly used amongst the Idoma people in Benue State.

Urhobo way of greeting: Greeting: Mavo

This form of greeting belongs to the Urhobo people, it literally means how are you, it is often used in both formal and informal settings.

Pidgin way of greeting: How Far?

This is one of the various methods of greeting in pidgin language. sometimes pronounces as “har fa”, it is mostly used in the family setting and amongst friends too and though it sounds like a question, it is usually not meant to be answered.

Nigerian Teenagers Greeting: Hey

This is a very common way of greeting or calling the attention of someone you don’t know, although it is often regarded as a rude way of greeting, several teenagers and millennials still use this method in greeting friends, meanwhile, note that this greeting style can be very confusing at times.

Greeting in Broken English: I Hail

This is a form of salutation which is very common in broken English. In Warri, the phrase “I hail” is a way of saying hello. They also make use of other phrases such as “how your side?”, “wetin be the level”


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