August 23, 2006

I Go Chop Your Dollar

During my recent stay in Nigeria, one of my friends was driving through a market and yelled out the window to some trailing children, "I go take your money and disappear." That seemed a bit out of place, but I found out that it was was of the words to a popular Nigerian song: I Go Chop Your Dollar by Ukwa. Anyway, it's sung in Pigeon English, like most English spoken in Nigeria. It's a parody of situation involving the 419 scams.

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I done suffer no be small
Upon say I get sense
Poverty no good at all, no
Na im make I join this business

419 no be thief, it's just a game
Everybody dey play em
if anybody fall mugu,
ha! my brother I go chop em

Chorus:
National Airport na me get em
National Stadium na me build em
President na my sister brother
You be the mugu, I be the master

Oyinbo man I go chop your dollar,
I go take your money and disappear
419 is just a game, you are the loser I am the winner

The refinery na me get em,
The contract, na you I go give em
But you go pay me small money make I bring em
you be the mugu, I be the master…
na me be the master ooo!!!!

When Oyinbo play wayo,
dey go say na new style
When country man do him own,
them go dey shout: bring em, kill em, die!

That Oyinbo people greedy, I say them greedy
I don't see them tire
That's why when they fall into my trap o!
I dey show them fire
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