It’s common knowledge that Nigerian parents don’t like tattoos, but what if we told you there are some Nigerian lyrics they’d actually want you to have as tattoos?

Let’s get into it. 

The chorus of Kizz Daniel’s Buga 

If there’s one thing we learnt in 2022, it’s that Nigerian mummies and aunties love Kizz Daniel’s Buga. It’s like Baby Shark, but for 40+ women who love WhatsApp. It’ll be hard for your mum to say “no” to a tattoo of her favourite song. Try “So far, so good. Ko ni baje” first and see. 

“Jesu Kristi loba wa” — Sability by Ayra Starr

A tattoo that shows your mum she raised a good child who stans Jesus and Ayra Starr? Come on, there’s no way a Nigerian mother will fight this tattoo. 

“Today Germany, tomorrow na London” — Loaded by Tiwa Savage and Asake

You’re basically prophesying into your life, and your mother has to be the weapon fashioned against you if she decides to hate on this tattoo. 

“I see darkness all around, but I know I’m the light” — Electricity by Pheelz and Davido 

This is the equivalent of getting the lyrics to Sinach’s I Know Who I Am tattooed on your left thigh or back. Your mother would be proud of you for recognising your purpose in life and writing it in ink. 

“Pay me my salary. I want to marry” — Anita by The Cavemen. 

A focused child who wants to make money and give their mother a wedding (and potentially, grandchildren)? Nigerian mothers are sending BCS right now to boast about you to their frenemies. 

“E kira fun mummy mi o” — Ojuelegba by Wizkid

You’re literally hailing her and asking everyone to celebrate her too. How can any mother be mad at that? Make it make sense. 

“Before dem use me, I go use my sense” — Peace Be Unto You by Asake

I doubt the woman who told you to “put it on her head” when you asked stupid questions about where to put stuff growing up will be mad at you for telling the world you’re ten steps ahead of them. Nigerian mothers like to talk about “common sense” a lot, so it’s just common sense to know they’d love this tattoo. 

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“I’ve never stopped in my life, so tell me, why would I stop now?” — Never Stopped by BNXN

A resilient icon. Even your mother will stan. 

“Wake up in the morning, Hallelujah. Chasing the money, chasing the bag” — Won Da Mo by The Mavins

A tattoo that says you’re a prayerful child of God and a hard worker who refuses to settle is the best way to get your mother to not only approve your tattoo, but pay for it too. Shoutout to Rema for the cheat code. 

“Dem never see me coming” — Bandana by Fireboy DML and Asake 

Inshallah, your enemies will never see you coming. 

“I stand strong (insert your name) no go minus” — Stand Strong by Davido and Sunday Service Choir 

A choir is involved. That’s all you need to defend a tattoo of this line from Davido’s hit. Your mother will switch to your side the moment she gets this info. 

“Moving with currency, I’m on a foreign p” — WO WO by Miz, BNXN and Blaqbonez

The only time this tattoo will backfire is if you’re poor, and its message doesn’t match your lifestyle. Who doesn’t love dollars and pounds here and there. 

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