Over the years, we’ve witnessed the music world influence pop culture, through fashion statements, via lifestyle, and even in everyday lingo as lyrics from our favourite songs become slang on the internet and off the screen. Other times, slangs get adapted into songs serving to further popularise them. Every 90s baby will have memories of using slangs like ‘jonze’ after D’Prince’s Jonzing World hit which has now grown into a franchise we love to see with his imprint label under Mavins Record. We’ll also not forget how Olamide had us calling anyone that irked us ‘smellos’ while reserving a distinction for ourselves by being ‘Frosh smellos.’ There was also that one time where Phyno’s Alobam hit had us in a chokehold so we called our friends alobam. Some fans went as far as dedicating themselves to the tag with jerseys that had the word for a day one friend printed on. In more recent times, we were able to remain unfazed by life’s many twists and turns thanks to Naira Marley’s ‘inside life’ phrase and we also witnessed Rexxie and Mohbad solidify the internet slang ‘ko por ke’ on their KPK hit. For a while now, Davido has had us all breathless with his ‘Who dey breathe?’ rhetorical hype question that tends to come before or after mentally felt asphyxiation, noted by stating ‘E choke!’
An undisputed pop culture icon with the highest follower count for any African personality on Instagram, Davido’s influence on pop culture cannot be overstated and has demonstrated that once again in his song with Adekunle Gold, High, where he repeatedly said, ‘Watimagbo, watimagbo, the sky is falling.’ An instant hit, lines off the song have implanted themselves upon our consciousness like a seamless inception programme with Davido’s declaration of ‘watimagbo’ taking the top shelf. Confused about the meaning and origin, the phrase has sparked curiosity among several listeners and lovers of the song. If you’re one of such, here’s all we know about the meaning and origin of the watimagbo slang.
What is the origin and meaning of ‘watimagbo‘?
The Nigerian entertainment scene is upheld by blogs and websites run by passion-filled young people who are keen to bridge the gap between the day-to-day incidences within the different industries of the show business world. Operating with different styles of reportage, publication and niches, many of them have come to make a name for themselves among news-hungry and internet-savvy Nigerians. One of such blogs is Biesloaded and within it lies the origin of the watimagbo slang.