As a tradition here at MBU to always give you a round-up of some of the events that have taken the year by storm, this time around we have compiled a list of the hottest Ugandan slangs that dominated the internet.
This year, after some discussion about where so many of these terms come from, we’re sharing some context about the origin of these slangs.
Many of the words and phrases that blew up our social media platforms particularly came from our own celebrities and below are some of the slangs that we have been using in our daily lives:
Twebereremu – As we have witnessed before, Bobi Wine comes up with a catchy and trendy slang each and every year. This year the term Twebereremu was most trending. Almost everyone used it, in different contexts. The is used in urging someone to be ‘Self Conscious’.
Omu Bwati – This term came from nowhere and before we knew it, Fik Fameica had made a song titled ‘Omu Bwati’ on which he featured Nigerian singer Patoranking. The slang is commonly used between lovers and to back up statement. It literally means ‘My One and Only’.
Buuza Manager – For this slang, the credit will directly go to Fresh Kid, the 8-year-old rapper who hit the music industry like a storm this year. His surprise rise to fame saw his family members and manager Francis became a hot topic in the country.
‘Buuza Manager’, loosely translated to ‘Ask My Manager’, became popular because whenever Fresh Kid failed to answer a question during an interview, he would ask the interviewer to refer to his manager and somehow it became everyone’s bail out to the hard questions.
Aya Bass – A big thanks goes to John Blaq who many tip as the artist of the year 2019. He has indeed kept the music industry alive with the constant release of hit after hit the entire year even when many thought that he was to disappear after a good 2018. His common phrase Aya Bass is often used as confirmation after a statement. It’s more of a ‘Let’s Do That‘ or ‘So Be It‘ kinda phrase.
Semyekozo/Love Nigga/Weyayu – The Eddy Kenzo and Rema break-up served us with non-stop series of drama and several slangs came up following Rema’s introduction ceremony where Sheikh Nuhu Muzaata stirred huge trouble that sprung suicidal thoughts for Kenzo.
The other slangs that got us moving included Parte After Parte from Big Tril, Ebango Waliwanika by Rickman, Sikyo by Kapa Cat, Noonya Mazike by Fresh Daddy among many others. We look forward to what 2020 has to offer.