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So, what’s Naijakana?

The guy who came up with the term back in 2013 surely knows what the word “Naijakana” means. It’s actually a portmanteau, formed by joining the word “Naija” and a derivation of the word “Americana.” “Naija” is the widely used nickname for Nigeria, especially among younger Nigerians. And “Americana” is the term that denotes U.S. history and culture. (This is not to be confused with “Americanah,” which is used for people who have adopted American mannerisms and values at the expense of their Nigerian heritage—and which is the name of a critically acclaimed novel that covers the concept. Well … kinda.)

But what’s Naijakana?

Well, it’s a media company of sorts, the personal creative outlet of the guy who came up with the aforementioned term in the first place. He happens to write. And draw and paint. And do a bunch of other things not really worth mentioning here (at the moment).

If you want to know more about him, follow his story here. And you can check out samples of his work here. Hopefully you are impressed—enough to buy a book or two!

If you are first-timer, welcome to Naijakana! And if you’ve been here before, welcome back!