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What Does “Just Dey Play” Mean? The Story Behind The New Trend In Nigeria

What Does “Just Dey Play” Mean? The Story Behind The New Trend In Nigeria



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Nigerian social media users are busy making videos and using the phrase “just dey play,” but what does it stand for and why are people saying it? Find out here.

If you are frequently on Facebook, Twitter, and Tiktok, you may have recently noticed that these social media platforms are flooded with expressive videos of all types that include the phrase “just dey play.”

The algorithm on social media sites can be confounding at times because trends seem to catch on in a matter of hours, but this one has caused some users to truly expand their muscles.

Just dey play” is featured as a hashtag, and it also appears in the videos themselves, and young boys can be seen making different videos saying “Just dey play,” but what is the meaning of “Just dey play”? What does “just dey play” stand for, and why on earth are people saying it in the first place?

Below, you’ll discover answers to this and other questions.

What Does Just Dey Play Mean?

The phrase “just dey play” means to continue to have fun, which can also mean to continue wasting your time, and it has become a viral TikTok and Twitter trend at the moment. Users are required to create videos showcasing their successes or new possessions, such as houses or cars.

The trend began in Edo State, a state in Nigeria’s south-south geopolitical zone, after a young boy built himself a house and bought a car. He then asked his followers on social media to keep playing, which was ironic because he had accomplished something while they were merely playing online games.

As usual, Nigerian social media users are showcasing their success by inserting “just dey play” into as many aspects of their posts as they can, including the promotion of their businesses and rants about other topics.

Who Started Just Dey Play?

The phrase is frequently used in Edo to criticize those who don’t want to work hard or take life seriously, but it gained popularity on social media after a young boy whose name is Destiny FX, whose photo is below, recorded a video in front of his home and posted it on Tiktok.

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It made its online first in 2022, and as it gained popularity, many celebrities and internet scammers began to use it to jeer anyone who criticize their field of work.

Just dey play is increasingly being utilized by comedians and skit makers, including women who sell their bodies for cash and others who seek to make mockery of their enemies.

Thousands of users have used the sound on Tiktok, while hundreds of thousands of have used the phrase in a tweet on Twitter.

Stop Playing Vs Just Dey Play

In the US, rappers like Soulja Boy would tell you to stop playing, but young Destiny, whose real name is Eddy, is telling you to continue playing since you don’t want to get serious with life. 

I’ll suggest that you choose the American version and ignore Destiny FX.

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