Idan Is Trending, It's a Yoruba Word: 4 Things You Need to Know about Viral Slang

Idan Is Trending, It's a Yoruba Word: 4 Things You Need to Know about Viral Slang

Idan is a now-viral word among Nigerians which has gradually become a way of addressing influential and wealthy individuals.

While some people are aware of the underlying meaning of Idan while using it in daily conversations, others have yet to learn what the word stands for., in this article, informs readers about everything they need to know about the word Idan.

Black man smiling, IDAN viral slang
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Idan emanates from the Yoruba language

The word Idan comes from the popular Yoruba language, one of Nigeria's three most spoken languages.

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While the word directly means magic, it could also have different meanings depending on its usage and context. People fond of using the slang 'Idan' on the street could tweak their statements to mean something entirely different.

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However, for the most part, Idan has come to mean “Boss” on the streets and all over social media.

Idan symbolises power

It is now widely used by netizens to describe someone very important or someone who holds power.

In this context, 'Idans' refers to people who hold power, money, and influence and could easily get away with things due to their authority.

Examples of Idan

There are several sentences on the internet made by people who find the word 'Idan' very captivating.

Funny examples of sentences with the word Idan include:

  • Idan doesn’t send money to women.
  • Idan no dey do transfer.
  • Idan no dey queue.
  • Idan no dey fear.
  • Idan no dey trek.

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Popular slangs and their meanings

Meanwhile, previously reported that if you live in Nigeria, you would be familiar with some trending Nigerian slang. These slangs are some of the things that make the country interesting.

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One of the latest slangs in town is 'Gbera', which means to move. Conductors often say it to bus drivers while they are working. But when used in some areas with no danfo in view, you should become conscious as thieves who pickpocket use it to signal each other.

It is also a way of showing respect to people. Many guys who live on the streets use this slang to pay respect to those who belong to a hierarchy higher than theirs. When this slang is used, the two hands are raised above the head as a sign of total submission.


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