Patrick Obahiagbon is widely popular in Nigeria because of his expert use of head-turning English words to confuse and amuse people, and he displayed his language skills during a recent interview.
The lawyer/political figure, who is a member of the country’s House of Representatives, appeared on Channels TV ‘s morning talk show Sunrise and was asked about his opinion about the ongoing crisis in the Rivers State legislation house plus other matters affecting the nation … and that was when he opened his floodgate of head-twisting English vocabulary. The anchors can be seen in the video trying desperately to understand what he was saying, while at the same time trying hard to resist the urge to laugh.
First he began with the word ‘Crinkum-Crankum’ (meaning ‘A fanciful name for any object that is full of twists and turns’) to describe the political situation in Rivers State, and later he introduced ‘kakistomoboplutocracy’ – which is a combination of ‘kakistocracy’ (government ruled by the worst of men), ‘mobocracy’ (government ruled by mobs) and ‘plutocracy’ (government ruled by the rich).
Even our proof-reading dictionary could not recognize the words.
And there’s more … make sure you watch the video below. The jargon begins from the first few seconds.
Tip: Keep a dictionary by your side!