Category Archives: English in Nigeria

Naijá (Nigerian Pidgin)

Nigeria has a population of more than 162 million people (July 2011 United Nations estimate) scattered across its 923,768 square kilometers of swamps, forests and savannahs. The country is an amalgamation of ethnically diverse groups of people speaking well over … Continue reading

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Languages of Nigeria

The number of languages currently estimated and catalogued in Nigeria is 520. This number includes 510 living languages, two second languages without native speakers and 9 extinct languages. In some areas of Nigeria, ethnic groups speak more than one language. The official language of Nigeria, English, … Continue reading

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Beginner’s guide to Nigerian pidgin English

I’ll admit. Whenever a foreigner spews a few words of Yòrubá to me, regardless of delivery quality, I instantly warm up, throwing them a cheesy grin of approval. This gesture shows they’ve made an effort to learn my tribal tongue, one of … Continue reading

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Language Education in Nigeria

Natural language has many unique properties among which is that it plays dual role in most known formal educational systems. Thus it features, on the one hand, as a subject on the school curriculum, and accordingly permits one to talk … Continue reading

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Nigeria’s twist on English worries some

In Nigeria, people felicitate the successful, police open cans of worms on cutlass-brandishing miscreants, and the criminal rascals meet their Waterloo. Touts, urchins and heaps of calumny: Nigerian English melds Victorian-era vocabulary inherited from long-gone British colonialists with the grammatical structures … Continue reading

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Nigerian Standard English

Nigerian Standard English, or simply Nigerian English, is a form of English spoken in Nigeria. It is most commonly spoken in urban areas, particularly in Lagos. It is based on British English, but in recent years, because of increasing contact with the United States, some … Continue reading

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Nigeria counts cost of saving English

In a country of more than 250 ethnic groups, English is both a lingua franca and the official language of government and increasingly used in business and middle class homes. But it is widely believed that standards in English, as well … Continue reading

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