It’s no secret that I love Nigerian movies. The question though is Why. That is what I intend to uncover in the next few posts on this topic. And like a good Nollywood movie, this series will extend well beyond Parts 1 and 2. Join me, will you?
1: To Learn New Vocabulary
To anyone who will listen, I am constantly ranting about how my Yoruba vocabulary has expanded since I started watching Yoruba movies. The same is true for the English movies. Let me give you an example.
Once upon a time, I had no idea what pon-pon (pronounced “kpon-kpon”) was. That is, until I watched a Nigerian movie, starring Ramsey Noah. *fans self*
In this movie, whose title I simply cannot remember, Ramsey played the role of an unemployed university graduate. The only job available to him was that of a day laborer working on a construction site.
During the course of the movie, Ramsey repeated the phrase “cement and pon-pon” so often that it got stuck in my head, and I still remember it today. Of course, I had no idea what pon-pon was, but after hearing it in that context, I deduced that it was a local slang for gravel.
So, thanks to Nollywood, I learnt a new word, even though I have no idea why I would ever need to use the word pon-pon in my daily conversations.
What similar strange words or terms have you learnt from watching Nigerian movies?
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