It is only the first month of 2019, but it feels like we already have the trend of the year. “Turnioniown” has quickly become one of the most popular trends on Nigerian social media platforms this year.
With something as random as an egg making international news for acquiring the highest number of likes on Instagram, weird social media trends no longer come as a surprise to us. We’ve said it countless times that Nigerians on social media know how to make the best memes out of random trends. If you’ve been wondering why people are tweeting about ‘turnioniown’, we will attempt to explain the meaning of the trend in this post. Unlike previous trends like “Stew”, and “My Ye is different to your Ye” ‘Turnioniown’ does not make much sense at first glance. Yet, many social media users have taken to this trend like fish to water.
The origin of Turnioniown
— KANYEWESTAFRICA (@lacaBEARDS) January 20, 2019
The trend was coined from a hilarious viral video of a man who was amazed to see a car move in circles without a driver behind the wheels. In a hilarious attempt at explaining his excitement, he said, “The car is turnioniown”, meaning “the car is turning on its own”. He seems to be one of those Nigerians who suddenly develop an accent as soon as they sight any type of recording device.
How Nigerians snatched it up
If there’s any chance that any random thing will go viral, Nigerians will snatch it up and put it to very hilarious use. And this is how we got the first trend of 2019. ‘Turnioniown’ has been used to describe things you have no control over or situations out of the ordinary. A good example is, our unstable economy and in this case, we would say, “Nigeria is just turnioniown”.
If you don’t take our word for it, check out how Nigerians are using the term.
My account is just turnioniown. Please God oh.
— Abike (@Jollz) January 21, 2019
Me: Ah ah wetin happen?
Barber: the clipper was just turnioniown pic.twitter.com/KTFJThvNCb
— Rem_x (@Bluntmuhf) January 15, 2019
Are you single, taken or your heart is just turnioniown?😂😂😂
— ONLINE PASTOR😇 (@pastor_ahlex) January 17, 2019
Some days I'm all hyped and seem to have my life all figured out and know exactly what I want. Other days, my life just be turnioniown
— Ednagrayy (@ednagrayy) January 22, 2019
Have you tried explaining to your girlfriend why you saved another girl’s name with the 💚 emoji? I tried it yesterday and my relationship is now turnioniown
— DREYLO (@Drey_Lo) January 21, 2019
Rain in January
The rain beat me today ehn and now my phone is turnioniown. pic.twitter.com/VNqDbNPiV9
— Cat lover😍 (@bisolhar) January 20, 2019
Whenever is see this face, my stomach will be turnioniown 💀😤 pic.twitter.com/3pHvFIqjj4
— 𝐆𝐀𝐈𝐔𝐒™ (@RoyalGaius) January 20, 2019
Fela is just turnioniown,he has gone from wizkid to burna boy to falz in few months😂😂 pic.twitter.com/4RAHqfMWmE
— 🌹Motunrayo (@motunrayuh) January 15, 2019
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