Hi There! Welcome to Je Gbese! Je Gbese is a word that I grew up with in Nigeria as well as with my parents while living in the Bronx. The literal translation means to “eat credit/debt”. But that’s too easy, right? It can mean “trouble” as well – since no one thinks having debt is a walk in a park – in fact, most Nigerians do not have debt – its common to pay a balance in full and if you’re unable to afford it – you keep saving. Debt is often provided by not banks – but friends or family (some who aren’t that patient). So we say gbese to mimic that financial woe.
“Mo ti je gbese” – “I’m in trouble”
“Gbeseeee!” – Troubleeeee!
“Ma jin je gbese” – Don’t stress me to fall for this
Je Gbese the blog is a way to reach people with information on how to go from 0-100 with their savings to get out of DEBT. We hear about debt almost daily, if not the daily reminder of your student loan or credit card bill is the government debt ceiling and how it continues to be extended. Though written in Yoruba – I want it to be a universal meaning to champion getting out of debt and into financial literacy and freedom.
So welcome to Je Gbese!