I applaud Nigerians ingenuity in the renaming of cars. They are peculiar and easily find names that suit things. This our legendary ingenuity in more pronounced in the automobile industry where practically all cars have a local name given to it.
In overseas, cars are identified by their model and brand names, but it is quite a different case here in Nigeria.
In Nigeria, most cars are known by their localized name and very few identify these cars by their real brand and model name.
Cars are amazing technological feats that litter our roads round the world today. Every passing year witnesses the debut of a new model or some incredible modification on an existing model. But I’m not here to examine car models or talk about which is the newest innovation.
It’s amazing how some cars that have become popular end up getting nicknames which are usually as a result of situations surrounding them or their looks.
I took some time to gather as much as I could on the famous car models that were notorious for one thing or the other way back then and presently today.
Below are some popular cars on Naija roads and what Naija people call them…
|1998 Honda Accord – Baby Boy|
Baby Boy: The circumstances surrounding this car’s nickname is quite funny. The car sort of became popular after it was spotted in John Singleton’s film titled ‘Baby boy’ which starred Tyrese Gibson in the lead role. Tyrese is seen cruising this Honda with cute alloys in many scenes in the movie.
|1992 Honda Accord – Honda Hala|
Hala: This was another favorite that continued where the 86’ model had left off. It was a heavy amongst the Hausas of northern Nigeria who were obsessed with it. This is how it came to be nicknamed ‘Alla’ because its supposedly said that when a Hausa man boasted about his Honda, he would go; ‘Na my Honda, Allah!’
|1995 Honda Accord – Bulldog|
Bulldog: This ride gained its nickname because of the way its back was shaped and the way it sat on the ground – like a bulldog.
|1984 E Class – V Boot|
V-Boot: As you can see from the lining of the boot, it has a V shape, and Naija people started calling it V-Boot.
|2015 Lexus LX570 – End Of Ocholi|
End Of Ocholi: This is a new one, I heard it recently and although it wasn’t funny, I laughed. This beast got the nick name because a certain Nigerian Minister, his wife and son lost their lives riding in it, the Ministers name was Ocholi.
|2012 Honda Accord- Evil Spirit or Anaconda|
Evil Spirit: When this Honda came out, people were alarmed because it had one heck of a scary look when you first came across it, and it was BIG compared to its past models. It got its nickname from the look of its headamps which look as menacing as the notorious Anaconda snake of the amazon jungle. The evil look of the headlamps also gained it a second nickname of ‘Evil Spirit’.
|1990 Mercedes S Class – Beast|
The Beast: The looks say it all, its big, beautiful and UNBELIEVABLY powerful.
|2004 Toyota Camry – Big For Nothing|
Big For Nothing: The name probably came as a disdain registered by Nigerians at Toyota’s sudden decision to ‘fatten’ up the Camry again. This time it was so big and bogus that it was nobody seemed to see any use for its bigness.
|2007 Toyota Camry – Musle or Voltron|
Muscle: This car turned out to be a correction over the ‘Big for nothing’ because now all the bigness was put to good use; the car had curves that accentuated its beauty and gave it a distinct look; curves people referred to as ‘muscles’. Nigerians couldn’t resist calling this beauty the ‘Toyota Muscle’.
|2003 Honda Accord – End Of Discussion|
End Of Discussion: It was the tagline of its Ad that made this car popular as well as its Iv-Tec engine. The Ad simply said – ‘The New Honda Accord. End of Discussion.’ People loved this ride and it caught on like wildfire. However, the nickname ‘Iv-Tech’ later took over the former.
|2007 Honda Accord – Discussion Continued or Honda Bentley|
Discussion Continued: It came out few years after the EOD and since it had same headlamps but different tail lights, Naija people just called it Discussion Continued, I named it Honda Bentley, lol people wey sabi me go know why.
These names have actually come to stay and some people don’t even know theses cars real names, I’m still waiting for the names Naija people will give the newer Supercars we see on Naija roads nowadays, the likes or the Rolls Royce, Ferraris, Bentleys, Lamborghinis etc as theyre just called by their original names.