Jos means “Jesus our Saviour?”

Here’s an interesting cultural tidbit.

A popular folklore in the Plateau State environs is that the city of Jos means “Jesus our Saviour.” However this myth is not well known amongst the vast majority of Nigerians.

As the folklore goes, Jos, which was originally known as “Gwosh” was not easily pronounceable by the Christian missionairies and was renamed J.O.S. “Jesus Our Saviour.”

It is not clear whether this is fact or a myth passed down across generations but this story has been passed around since the very inception of the city popularly known as J-Town.

Such a story will ordinarily be dismissed with a wave of hand, but given its symbolism given the present crisis in Nigeria, this cultural etymology whether fact or myth deserves more study.

Please share with us in the comment section if you have more insights on the origins of Jos or your general comments overall.

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2 thoughts on “Jos means “Jesus our Saviour?”

  • Suunto Watches

    (January 23, 2012 - 3:49 am)

    I can’t believe this.I have never been to JOS before but i thought it was actually an Islamic colony.

  • Emuejevoke

    (January 23, 2012 - 10:06 pm)

    I was born at lantan south LGA(kuka) most of us are christians.the real indigenes of Platea state are christian,the muslims are immigrat that want to take the state by force.because of the problems of muslim fighting christian that is while we left Platea to Delta state.we shall not give up Jesus our saviour and Jos for christ.

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