Of ‘japa’ and Nigeria’s economy


THE local slang japa has gained a momentum among Nigerians. It has not only dominated the tongue of young frustrated Nigerians but has successfully colonised every dispirited Nigerian adult’s mouth. There is a Japa People Society of Nigeria (JPSN) with people of common ideology. ‘Leaving is a Must,’ says their motto. Penetratingly, it found its way into Nigeria’s entertainment industry. From there, it got unpaid promotion, infiltrating households across the nation. The word japa connotes a strong desire to emigrate from the country without a future plan of returning. The youth see this permanent relocation as a progressive exit to break away from the shackles of man-made poverty,…

Source: Nigerian Tribune