wahala

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Nigerian Pidgin[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Perhaps of Hausa origin [1] Adulterated or pidgin English. Perhaps Of Niger-Delta (South-South Nigeria) origin. Perhaps of Arab origin (wahala, meaning a terrible mess) transmuted into Hausa, before dispersal into the Nigerian pidgin lexicon.

Noun[edit]

wahala

  1. trouble; suffering; problem; ill-fate