Hospitality 9ja - - Table Of Contents -

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:

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