Ashawo (slang, dirty) (noun)
Nigerian pidgin for someone who exchanges sexual services for money (synonyms: sex worker, prostitute, olosho).
“I actually want to scream here. Have you tried looking for an apartment in Lagos? Hay lord! That is when you will hear things like caution fee, maintenance fee, agent fee and you’ll be required to pay these for two years. To even see a landlord that’ll agree to accept one year rent is like looking for needle in a hay stack.”
Lagosians do not just greet, they’ve made an art out of greeting, which can seem strange to a foreigner. But is there more to the Lagos and Yoruba elaborate rituals of respect?
It doesn’t matter how you approach Lagos, by road or air, when you enter the city as a stranger, it has its own way of welcoming you.