Meet Kolatu Tubosun and Kingsley Ugwuanyi, the Nigerians who facilitated the addition of Danfo, Okada and 27 other Nigerian words into Oxford English Dictionary


On January 21, Nigeria recorded a landmark feat when Oxford English Dictionary announced the addition of 29 Nigerian words and expressions in the January updates to the dictionary.

OED’s World English Editor, Danica Salazar in statement said: “The majority of these new additions are either borrowings from Nigerian languages, or unique Nigerian coinages that have only begun to be used in English in the second half of the twentieth century, mostly in the 1970s and 1980s”.

The two Nigerian men who facilitated the addition of popular Nigerian words into the dictionary are Kolatu Tubosun and Kingsley Oluchi Ugwuanyi.

Kola Tubosun is a Nigerian linguist, writer, translator, scholar, and cultural activist. His work and influence span the fields of education, technology, literature, journalism, and linguistics. Kolatu Tubosun He is the recipient of the 2016 Premio Ostana “Special Prize” for Writings in the Mother Tongue. (Ostana Premio Scritture in Lingua Madre) for his work in language advocacy.

Kingsley Oluchi Ugwuanyi teaches English linguistics in the Department of English and Literary Studies, University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Nigeria. He is currently completing his doctoral research as a University of Northumbria Northumbria University Doctoral Fellow.

Kingsley Ugwuanyi Kingsley’s current research interests lie in the broad areas of world Englishes, sociolinguistics and applied linguistics, and more specifically Nigerian English.

These two men were very instrumental to the addition to the addition of words like Danfo, Okada, Mama Put, Ember months amongs others into the Oxford English Dictionaries.