Pidgin English: Nigeria’s unofficial lingua franca

by Toyosi Yusuff

Abeg, How far? How you dey? Na wa for you o! These are commonly used phrases, in pidgin English – a language most Nigerians are familiar with. In many parts of the country, Pidgin English already functions as the unofficial means of spoken correspondence. For instance, my friend walks up to me and says, “how you dey, hope you are fine, Abeg can you give me this pen?” (Do you notice the transition from Pidgin English to English?) Read more about Pidgin English: Nigeria’s unofficial lingua franca