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!