The Need To Make Pidgin Nigeria's Lingual Franca

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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.

The need to make pidgin Nigeria's lingual franca - By Laju Adero - 2019-09-25 12:03:15

Pidgin is the language known in the whole Nigeria. And I agree it should be made Nigeria's lingual franca. This is a language you can speak comfortably anywhere in Nigeria and you'll be understood. Though some places modified theirs but that's the beauty of it. It is easy to speak and it's almost in line with the English language. 

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The need to make pidgin Nigeria's lingual franca - By Holly Okoro - 2019-09-25 12:57:16

In Nigeria we love to copy the whites almost in everything both good and bad. Pidgin as we know it today, can and should be the lingual franca in Nigeria. we may not know how far and wide Pidgin language has spread. There are many foreigners that are learning Pidgin, I even watch a documentary on BBC on Pidgin, how some schools abroad wants to start teaching it. Having said that, I think our local dialets (Igbo, Hausa, Yoruba, Efik, Urhobo, Ijaw, Bini, etc) should be accepted as lingua franca in the various regions and when it comes to National events and occations, pidgin should be used.

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The need to make pidgin Nigeria's lingual franca - By Odoh Ukamaka - 2019-09-25 13:28:44

One thing about Nigeria and Nigerians is that we do not like to promote what we have. We love to copy other people way of life and culture forgetting that ours is the best. Pidging should be made our general language and not English. 

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The need to make pidgin Nigeria's lingual franca - By MASAYI MAUTIN ROLAND - 2019-09-25 13:29:37

I don't know why we still don't like what make us happy or what we can do convinately,this pidgin language is what we can speak fluently so why do we refuse to make very good use of it than forcing ourself to speak the grammatical English that we don't even understand 

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The need to make pidgin Nigeria's lingual franca - By Aliyu Gana Aliyu - 2019-09-25 14:14:14

I do not agree with your motion of taking pidgin as national language. First of all, pidgin is not really a language, according to Oxford dictionary;  Pidgin is ana amalgamation of two disparate languages, used by two populations having no common language as a lingua franca to communicate with each other, lacking formalized grammar and having a small, utilitarian vocabulary and no native speakers. Since it has no rules of grammar or Lexis it can not be used for official purpise because it will be open to interpretations.

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The need to make pidgin Nigeria's lingual franca - By Austin Chinedu - 2019-09-25 14:23:57

Pidgin language is the most common language in nigeria and it is will understood by all and it gave joy when speaking it it the easiest means of communication in nigeria, so pidgin should be legalized by government.

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The need to make pidgin Nigeria's lingual franca - By Idi Grace - 2019-09-25 14:44:50

I don't agree with that cos I see pidgin as a street language it can't serve as the lingua Franca in Nigeria. English language has already found a good place to stay in Nigeria we should just go with it than bringing in pidgin to complicate things. 

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The need to make pidgin Nigeria's lingual franca - By Galion Ishaya James - 2019-09-25 15:31:07

I agreed with your explanations but I think it is not a welcome idea making our lingua franca why because the fact most people or section in the country are prone go such language does not mean it should be configure, going our advances is the area of language speaking I think we maintain the status quo.

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The need to make pidgin Nigeria's lingual franca - By Oguneletu Ayomide - 2019-09-25 16:29:06

I agree that it should be made Nigeria's lingual Franca because almost everyone in this country understand the language and there is no place in this Nigeria you speak this language that they won't understand easily

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The need to make pidgin Nigeria's lingual franca - By Boluwatife Fashina - 2019-09-25 16:45:35

Pidgin is the commonly spoken language in Nigeria, it's the first language a child speaks before been corrected in school, even with the whole correction it has become a part of us that cannot be removed. And it's also the acceptable language all over the country, when you move to the east, you don't have to go through the stress of first learning igbo, you speak pidgin and everyone understands,  go to north, its acceptable there, the same here in the west. So without the government making it a lingua franca,  the people have done that already, and I think it's high time pidgin is made official 

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The need to make pidgin Nigeria's lingual franca - By Amaikwu Chinelo - 2019-09-25 18:44:39

I believe a nation should elevate only what gives it pride of place and noble standing among other nations. Pidgin is a watered down version of the English language and is easily resorted to by the poorly educated. The world is now a global village and the English language is fast becoming the global language. If other African countries and places where English is not even their official language are making the effort to speak fluently in English, then I see no reason why Nigerians cannot do the same. Or are we suggesting that we're not as intelligent?

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The need to make pidgin Nigeria's lingual franca - By Favour Mercy - 2019-09-25 19:05:54

Yes, I believe that, because in universities Now adays student use pidgins to interact with one another and it's well understood .so I thing it should be established as a well structured language

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The need to make pidgin Nigeria's lingual franca - By Nwosu Vincent - 2019-09-25 19:49:00

Making or putting in pigeon English as our lingua Franca will be cool and will also not be cool in other aspects. It will be cool because it can help Nigerians who have different dialets to communicate easily.

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The need to make pidgin Nigeria's lingual franca - By Abdulganiy Idrees - 2019-09-25 19:59:44

I agreed with your explanations but I think it is not a welcome idea making our lingua franca why because the fact most people or section in the country are prone go such language does not mean it should be configure, going our advances is the area of language speaking I think we maintain the status quo.

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The need to make pidgin Nigeria's lingual franca - By Christabelle Obi-Wali - 2019-09-25 20:12:03

Lingual franca is not just something that originated from a nation but something you can use for communication between other countries. That's a lingual franca and is definitely not pidgin

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The need to make pidgin Nigeria's lingual franca - By Shalom Michael - 2019-09-25 20:22:34

Pidgin being our lingual franca wouldn't be so bad. This is the most understand Ianguage in Nigeria,easily communicable and you don't have to learn it its in our blood.

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The need to make pidgin Nigeria's lingual franca - By Victor Oladele - 2019-09-25 20:36:06

A lingua francs is the language of a country associated with it even by people from other countries. I think the official English language is still our lingua franca as a sizeable number of people cannot even speak pidgin

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The need to make pidgin Nigeria's lingual franca - By Onwa Matthew - 2019-09-25 21:04:56

Yeah. That's beautiful  It's important we take that into consideration. I think Nigeria government should pass into law for that. The national and state assemblies should look into it. I support the idea

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The need to make pidgin Nigeria's lingual franca - By Omosivwe Jonathan - 2019-09-25 21:13:48

Whether it’s been accepted generally or no pidgin English is Nigeria’s lingua franca because it’s something everyone knows how to communicate with. It’s a general language in Nigeria already; even the few who don’t really know how to speak it well understand it. 

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The need to make pidgin Nigeria's lingual franca - By Paul Raphael - 2019-09-25 21:37:27

Pidgin is the most popular language in Nigeria, to the point that if you are unable to speak Pidgin you may be regarded as an outcast. So whether Pidgin is placed as a lingual franca or not, it's already classified as a lingual franca.

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The need to make pidgin Nigeria's lingual franca - By Emmanuel Ejemegwa - 2019-09-25 23:41:20

I'll really love and enjoy pidgin if it was Nigeria's official language but the thing is that it can't be taught in schools and all that, it'll have it's own alphabet which sounds weird, but if it can be done I'll really enjoy it, I sometimes prefer talking in pidgin it's very fun and interesting, and one thing I love pidgin is that nothing u say is a mistake, you can just freestyle it and that is the joy of speaking pidgin.

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The need to make pidgin Nigeria's lingual franca - By Abdulmaleek Habib - 2019-09-26 02:59:04

​ Among all the African countries, Nigeria is one of the front liners of pidgin English so I will definitely agree with you on making it our lingual franca, its not a bad idea and I thing Nigeria as a whole should put that into consideration. 

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The need to make pidgin Nigeria's lingual franca - By Francisca Jay - 2019-09-26 06:11:20

I don't think we should. For a country that's developed and wants to get to a height greater than the one it attains each year, we need to improve and adapt more languages, not resorting to a language we had when we were struggling to understand English

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The need to make pidgin Nigeria's lingual franca - By Ebiloma Victoria - 2019-09-26 07:54:41

Yes pidgin should be made Nigerian general language,it is understood by almost everybody in the country both educated and non educated,its simple and makes one free to communicate with a fellow Nigerian,even when seen in other part of the world..in most cases it identify's us with one another anywhere anytime.

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The need to make pidgin Nigeria's lingual franca - By Ebiloma Victoria - 2019-09-26 07:56:13

Yes pidgin should be made Nigerian general language,it is understood by almost everybody in the country both educated and non educated,its simple and makes one free to communicate with a fellow Nigerian,even when seen in other part of the world..in most cases it identify's us with one another anywhere anytime.

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The need to make pidgin Nigeria's lingual franca - By Abdulrahman Mahmud - 2019-09-26 21:03:21

Pigin  language in Nigeria has gone viral. Every one speaks it. Be it students, old, young. It has become Nigerians second language apart from English language. So much as why we should make it our lingua franca. I agree a hundred percent with your opinion. It is an obvious fact that no one should dispute 

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The need to make pidgin Nigeria's lingual franca - By Trisma Ezekiel Yaki - 2019-09-27 06:00:47

I may tend to disagree with you on that one, come to think of this. Not everyone speaks pidgin as You said, come down to far North and You may think that Hausa is the Nigerian official language. Making Pidgin the official language will cause confusion in the Country because of our diversity. 

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The need to make pidgin Nigeria's lingual franca - By Temiloluwa Amurawaiye - 2019-09-27 23:32:39

Pidgin should be made the lingual franca in Nigeria.  I have personally been to different states in Nigeria and experienced a language barrier because I spoke a different language from them. Indeed pidgin should be made a lingual franca

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The need to make pidgin Nigeria's lingual franca - By Etini Mbosco - 2019-09-28 22:12:17

You have spoken my dream. I had a conversation with my friend concerning this. I told him that apart from pidgin English there is no other language that can be understood by all Nigerians both educated and uneducated. China do not speak English but they are doing well. So I think it will be better if our government will legalize pidgin as an official language in Nigeria and make it to be taught  in schools.

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The need to make pidgin Nigeria's lingual franca - By Ojetunde Adeoluwa Samuel - 2019-09-29 07:23:46

Pidgin should not be make Nigeria lingual franca because we ate not colonize by the Portuguese but the British, pidgin is a language in which the igbo and the Portuguese used to communicate to each other when they came to Nigeria 

So it shouldn't be make Nigeria language but english.

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The need to make pidgin Nigeria's lingual franca - By Oluwatobi John - 2019-09-29 14:49:21

I don't think it is advisable for Nigeria to do so, in a country where we have over 250 ethnic groups. The question you should be asking is do we have our own alphabet, no right? We make use of foreign alphabet, so how do you expect to derail another mans language and coin it to be yours. Its unethical.

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The need to make pidgin Nigeria's lingual franca - By Okafor Chigaemezu Ifeanyi - 2019-09-30 08:34:48

Pidgin English is a nice way to communicate with people from other tribes but I don't agree with you when you say we should make it our lingual franca. Lingua franca has to be a well known and respected language and not a transformed one. English is our lingual franca and should continue being our lingua franca. 

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The need to make pidgin Nigeria's lingual franca - By Ajao basit - 2019-09-30 09:58:28

Pidgin didn't originate from Nigeria so i don't understand y it should be made our lingua Franca. Firstly less than 40percent of the population understand pidgin so i don't think it is best to make pidgin our lingua Franca.

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The need to make pidgin Nigeria's lingual franca - By Adjekofori Faith - 2019-09-30 18:19:15

There's no point making pidgin our local language of communication. It is not a language that has it own origin and cannot be introduced due to the numerous local languages we have around already. It is best used as an Alternative mode of communication just as it us currently being used.

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The need to make pidgin Nigeria's lingual franca - By Obika Foster - 2019-09-30 20:34:52

It will be nice if Africa understand the value of what they have especially the people of West Africa. In eastern part of Africa the people of Uganda,Kenya, Tanzania speaks Swahili as a common language .so its possible to adopt pidgin English as second lingua Franca in Nigeria.

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The need to make pidgin Nigeria's lingual franca - By Isaac Williams - 2019-10-03 02:10:56

So true! We are celebrating 59 years o, we need to really be independent and speak pidgin. We envy the whites but we don't know how many if them want to speak what we speak (pidgin). Let's cherish what we have

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The need to make pidgin Nigeria's lingual franca - By Rashidat Okinbaloye - 2019-10-04 21:07:36

It is very okay if Pidgin becomes our official language. Pidgin is convenient and easy to learn and almost everyone in Nigeria speaks and understand the language unlike English language were people who can't speak and don't understand are considered illiterates.

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The need to make pidgin Nigeria's lingual franca - By John Olamide - 2019-10-04 21:21:09

You don talk am finish, make this our pidgin language dey official. the english wey  we dey speak no be our language at all, they foce am on top our mouth, so as per we be smart people, we come change am to the one we fit talk. Many people for we country sabi pidgin pass the normal english..... 

Pidgin has come to stay......

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The need to make pidgin Nigeria's lingual franca - By Chinwe Okeke - 2019-10-05 17:35:42

My dear to me pidgin can never be our leungua franca. Because the whole Nigeria don't even speak it the same each day some people or tribe will raise one jargon and add it to the already existing pidgin and everyone abides but language is not like that.

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The need to make pidgin Nigeria's lingual franca - By Anoke Richard O. - 2019-10-06 21:00:41

Now pigin English is now refined then before, the way we speak it now is very lovely. To our pigin English has gone far. You can see pingin English is used for AY show and nite of the thousands laugh. And we use it for Nigerian music. You can see some China speak pigin English, today pigin English is recognised fully and thabth for the sharing

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The need to make pidgin Nigeria's lingual franca - By Jimoh Abdul - 2019-10-12 18:48:14

We can't make pidgin our lingua franca because there will problem later either from one community or tribe and some Nigerians doesn't understand pidgin example like me I can't speak it

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The need to make pidgin Nigeria's lingual franca - By Ruskin Marvin - 2019-10-12 19:45:33

Making pidgin as our general language in Nigeria is good because in most part of this country the people understand the the pidgin English than the British English pidgin is more understanding in most part of the country language is what you use to communicate and been understand by all. So is good to make pidgin as our general language.

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The need to make pidgin Nigeria's lingual franca - By Tampriye Merlin - 2019-10-13 18:49:08

Pidgin is already spoken in all parts of the country especially in metropolitan states like Lagos between people from different ethnic groups and backgrounds; thus it is a no brainer that it should be adopted as Nigeria's lingua franca.

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