Are you an Oyinbo (foreigner) coming into Nigeria for the first time and are amazed at the twist we give our locally spoken English? Or perhaps you are looking to learn a thing or two about the way we communicate informally in and around? Here is your resource point for learning our Pidgin… welcome to 9ja (welcome to Nigeria).
Wikipedia defines Pidgin as ‘…a grammatically simplified means of communication that develops between two or more groups that do not have a language in common.’ The Nigerian ‘Pidgin’ or ‘Brokin’ English is by far the most widely spoken of any form of communication in the country preceding the official lingua franca- English, although it remains unofficial. It gradually evolved as means of internal and external communication from pre-colonial times, some of its words resultant from the Portuguese arrival on Nigerian shores (for example, the word ‘sabi’ from the Portuguese word ‘saber’ both signifying ‘to know’). Below are some sentences and phrases from our beloved 9Ja Pidgin: