Sunday, February 5, 2023

5 Common Slangs Nigerians Relate To Traveling Abroad

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Traveling abroad is something that has become spoken about recently with more vehemence and determination because of the continuous deteriorating state of the economy and other sectors of the country. traveling abroad

Research shows that 7 out of every 10 Nigerians will opt for leaving the country for a better life. How long does this want to continue! The amazing thing about Nigerians is how they manage to bring in humour into any and everything. Now there are some slangs that they have coined which they use to speak about traveling abroad. Just the mention of these words give that Naija feel and consciousness. So here are 5 common slangs Nigerians relate to traveling abroad;
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Japa is a Nigerian slang derived from yoruba language. It simply means to run swiftly out of a dangerous situation. Japa originates from two yoruba words Ja which means to run and Pa which means to make something seem larger, better, worse or more important than it really is or needs to be. Most of the time Nigerians would say ‘I wan japa out of this country‘, which means I want to travel out of this country. Japa has become a term that most people use especially when they speak about moving from grass to grace.
The full word here is I don port, which means I have left a bad situation, place, person, environment to a better place.
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The trenches is a slang popularized by Nigerians to refer to the rural areas like the ghetto, the streets, or a tough situation. The slang is often used by youths to express how they grew up from a poor or dangerous background. Trenches is a word that has gained ground recently as a lot of youths use it to speak about moving to greener pastures. When some Nigerians travel, they say omo I don leave trenches, which means I have traveled abroad.
Most Nigerian youths today will say I don move commot for naija which means I have traveled abroad. Just the way the word in English means to change position or go in a particular direction, it typically means traveling abroad in Nigerian slangs. 

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