The Need To Make Pidgin Nigeria's Lingual Franca
Nigeria, being our nation belongs to us. We have all have the right to do what makes us happy and what elates us. I will start by telling us what lingual franca means. As a linguist, lingual franca can be said to be a language that originates from a nation and has its natives and local speakers. Most Nigerians with this definition will think English is our lingual franca but it obviously isn't. English language is our official language and not our lingual franca because it doesn't originate from here and it doesn't have it's native speakers here. The history of pidgin in Nigeria can be traced to when our colonial masters made English our official language and so it was the only language we could speak to them.
So because we couldn't speak English we started moulding up another language that had English words in it. What we were speaking then was broken English which was a Shame on English language. Later on when we were improving on our broken English we stated calling it Nigerian pidgin(because pidgin is not only spoken in Nigeria). As at this time, Nigerian pidgin was already having native speakers and we were already having having dialects of pidgin which is creole.
And as any language which has its dialect in a particular geographical area is a lingual franca of that community. So later on while other countries where pidgin is being spoken dint put their country in front of their pidgin we also decided to remove Nigeria from our own pidgin and call it pidgin So as pidgin already has become the local dialects of some places in Nigeria and it us mutually intelligible to all Nigerians, there is need for us to make it our lingual franca.
Drop your comments on what you think about making pidgin our lingual franca.