1. ‘Pssst’

When they’re too tired/stressed to say your name.

2. ‘This one’

When looking at you is just annoying them.

3. ‘That one’

When they’re eyeing you as you’re walking out.

4. ‘Em, what’s your name’

When they’re concentrating on something else but need your help.

5. ‘Mr man’

When they’re about to tell you how unserious you are.

6. ‘My dear’

Used when they’re warning you in a public place.

7. ‘Alan poser’

When they’re hailing you for your outfit.

8. ‘Eysss’ (Ace)

Closely related to ‘this one’, used when they’re about to say you’re stupid.


Zikoko amplifies African youth culture by curating and creating smart and joyful content for young Africans and the world.