Do you remember the ALS ice bucket challenge that took the internet by storm in 2014? Some big names and celebrities such as the United State president, Barack Obama, WWE and Hollywood star Dwayne Johnson aka “the Rock”, Microsoft billionaire, Bill Gates, talk show host Oprah Winfrey just to name a few also took the challenge on. All in a bid to promote awareness of the disease amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS, also known as motor neuron disease and in the US as Lou Gehrig’s disease) and encourage donations to research.
Have you recently noticed people hopping out of their cars and dancing along to a tune as the vehicles move along with them? This is known as the #InMyFeelingsChallenge or #KiKiChallenge and the song is hit from Drake “In My Feelings”.
Have you also seen the weird finger thing called the Dele Alli Challenge (…sign), give it a try and see if you can do it.
Now, these challenges are far too in between. In Lagos, you have to rethink challenges and see our lifestyle as a constantly evolving set of challenges in dance moves, #hashtags and popular sayings that pop up from nowhere.
So the next time you are in Lagos, look out for these types of popular sayings and trends on the internet. Find below the 3 trends as at the time of writing this post
- #Japa (japaa)
Loosely translated as “run-away” and can be used to describe any situation where you have to run away quickly!
- Na dem dey rush us
Well, this largely speaks for itself. It gives a sense of superiority. So if you want to stand out and show how important you are, just chip in “Na dem dey rush us” into the conversation.
- Shaku shaku
And finally, Lagos and Nigeria as a whole never run out of dance moves. And if you think you got some dance steps in you … Try and see if you can do the shaku shaku. I am not going to attempt defining it (LOL).
finally, I’d leave you with a fusion of #japa and shaku shaku
What is trending in and around at the time you are reading this post?