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What is the meaning of 'Ayoba'?

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June 20, 2010 10:45AM

"Ayoba" is a slang term used by South Africans to express amazement.

It is derived from other slang terms, like "Ayeye" or "Ayoyoyo." It was originally meant as an approval/appreciation of good dancing, although the exact origins of the phrase are unknown. It is thought to have roots in Johannesburg township culture. It is however, uniquely South African and expresses delight, excitement, agreement and approval. It is also used as a greeting.