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.