Jápa Meaning- The Popular Yorùbá Expression

Jápa is a very common expression and slang in Yorùbá language. It is very commonly used in the average South Westerner’s vocabulary in Nigeria. I said, “South Westerner”, because they are the region of Nigeria that speak Yorùbá natively. 


Jápa means, “To run away” or, “To leave quickly”. 


Jápa is a slang that lots of street folks in Lagos and other Yoruba states say on the regular. They use it to tell another person to run away from a particular situation or to indicate to another person how they ran away from a particular situation. Not only street gangs use the term, but Yoruba People in general. 


Example in a sentence;

1. Bí awọn olè yẹn ṣe yìnbọn bayìí, ni mo ṣe kó bàtà mi ti mo jápa! 


Meaning: As soon as those thieves shot the gun, I picked up my sandals and ran away! 

Moyinoluwa Olawoye

I am Moyinoluwa. A young Nigerian adult. Trying to make Yoruba more understandable and relatable. And of course, I am the founder of this beautiful website you are reading. 😍 Follow me on Facebook and Twitter! Don't forget to subscribe to the blog below too!

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