BBC To Launch Its Pidgin Service!

BBC To Launch Its Pidgin Service!

The British Broadcasting Corporation will on Monday launch its Pidgin service.

An announcement yesterday evening by the highly revered broadcaster said it is one of the biggest expansions by the BBC since the 1940s. The programme will emanate from Nigeria.

According to the announcement, there are over 75 million Nigerians who speak Pidgin in Nigeria.

The announcement said: “We don land gidigba! Dis na di message from us, the new team wey dey behind the BBC’s Pidgin service; we launch on Monday 21 August, as part of the biggest expansion wey di BBC World Service don do since the 1940s.

“Na up to 75mn people inside only Nigeria na im dey speak Pidgin; with more speakers across West and Central Africa.”

Nigerian Pidgin is an English-based pidgin and creole language spoken as a lingua franca across Nigeria. The language is commonly referred to as “Pidgin” or Broken (pronounced “Brokin”).

It is distinguished from other creole languages since most speakers are not true native speakers although many children learn it at an early age. It can be spoken as a pidgin, a creole, or a decreolised acrolect by different speakers, who may switch between these forms depending on the social setting.[3]
Variations of Pidgin are also spoken across West and Central Africa, in countries such as Equatorial Guinea, Ghana and Cameroon. Pidgin English, despite its common use throughout the country, has no official status.

Also, Nigeria’s Pidgin English is becoming more popular in South Africa amongst the locals and other people in the Rainbow Nation.

It is not uncommon for a police man to see you and say “How you dey. How far? Wetin dey happen?”.

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