Different Ways Nigerians Say Hello

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    Saying hello has such a huge significance in our lives and how meaningful they turn out to be. When you say hello to someone with sincerity, you have the opportunity to make that person’s day. To engage, start a conversation, and be friendly.

    Nigeria is a country with diverse tribes and languages and as such there are different ways we say hello.

    Kedu:
    This is the way of saying hello in Ibo language. It translates literally as “ how are you” and is really common among the various Ibo ethnicities. Another variation of Kedu is “ How are you?” – “Kedu ka I mere?”

    Bawo ni:
    This is the standard Yoruba way of saying “how are you”. It could be a formal or informal greeting that is used at any time of the day. Bawo ni also has a lot of variations one of which is “ Bawo ni alaafia re” meaning how is your health.

    Sannu:
    This is the formal way to greet and say hello in Hausa. It’s the most common language in the Northern parts of Nigeria.

    Kóyo
    This is used in Benin and neighboring communities. It is a way of saying “hello” or “how are you”. It’s an informal greeting that can be used any time of day in any kind of situation. When you are not sure how to greet somebody, it is always appropriate to say “Kóyo ”.
    I hail
    This is commonly used in Warri pidgin. It is a very popular way of saying “hello” in the region. Other forms of hello in Warri pidgin include: “I greet your ministry”, “what’s the level?”, “how your side?”

    Mesiere:
    This is very common amongst the Efik/Ibibio people. Although there have been arguments that the phrases “Idem mfo?” and “Abadie” are better interpretations, Mesiere has been adopted by a lot of people as a complementary way of greeting..

    Ìláá:
    When you want to say hello in the morning in Ija-Zuba language, you say Ìláá. Due to how difficult it is to track Nigerian languages, there is no consensus on where the Ija-Zuba language is being spoken. But it has been said to be spoken by the indigenous people from Abuja.

    Ado:
    “Ado” means “hello” in Ijo(Ijaw) language. However, there are many variations to the greeting. You could say “Tobaroa”, “Nua”, “Ibotei”, or “Ibasa”. The Ijo language is spoken in Bayelsa state Nigeria.

    Ere Owuro:
    This is how to say “good morning” in the Itsekiri language. To say “how are you”, you say “ Dele unu di?” Itsekiri is spoken in the Delta State.

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