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5 World Famous Words That Originated In Africa

It wouldn’t be out of place if we say Africa is one of the most popular continents in the world. The continent is always in the international media headline.

Outside the normal saga of corrupt leaders, dictatorship, insurgency, and poverty, there are several other good things coming from the continent. 

So, in this article, you will learn about some of the world famous words that originated in Africa. As weird as some of these phrases sound, they are gaining worldwide acceptability.

7 World Famous words That Originated In Africa 

#1. Kwashiorkor

Kwashiorkor is one of the world famous phrases that originated in Africa. It is actually a Ghanaian word that means malnutrition in infants and children

The word kwashiorkor is usually used to describe severely malnourished children in impoverished regions that is due to poverty.

Most dictionaries have the word/phrase in it. So, the next time you see kwashiorkor in any dictionary, know that it is a word that originated from Ghana.

#2. Juju 

Juju is also among the world famous words that originated in Africa. In fact, you must have used the word once or twice in your lifetime. 

Should I blow your mind now? The word juju comes from Nigeria and it is now a popularly used word around the world.

Also, it is now in most dictionaries. And it means being fetish, the act of using magic to charm someone etc.


#3. Lamba Lolo

Lamba Lolo is a popular Africa phrase that has become a global slang. It actually Swahili slang and it means “suck a d*ck”. The slang originated from Kenya and most foreigners use it in their everyday slang.

#4. Buckra 

Buckra is another popular word that originated from Nigerian Efik and Ibibio languages. 

It actually means a white person or a person with a predominantly white ancestor. This word is in Urban and Merriam Webster dictionaries.

#5. Mumbo Jumbo 

Mumbo Jumbo is also among the world famous words that originated in Africa. It is actually a West African term and it refers to a ritual causing or intending to cause confusion.

#6. Safari 

Safari is a Swahili terminology that originated from East Africa. It is often used to describe animal watching expedition.

#7. Hakuna Matata 

Hakuna Matata is obviously one of the most phrases that originated in Africa. Hakuna Matata is actually a phrase in the Swahili language. 

The phrase was popularized by the famous Disney animated film “the lion king”. In the film, Hakuna Matata means “no worries”.

Disney film production team claims that they picked up the term on a tour guide while on safari in Kenya. 

So, the next time you think about Africa, remember these world-famous words that originated in Africa.


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