Pidgin as a National Language: Yes or No

Before we initiate a debate on whether or not the Nigerian Pidgin is standard for selection to become one of Nigeria’s National language, we need to at least understand what ‘pidgin’ means. Pidgin is a hybrid version of a particular language that came into use basically for simple communication between a speakers of two distinct languages as a result of an urgent contact (mostly business). In this case, the pidgin is picked up by the indegenes to communicate with the foreigners or their colonialists.

How Yoruba Has Grown to Be The Most Preferred Language of Socialisation In Nigeria II.

According to Dell Hymes, the sociology of language X-rays the relationship between language and the society. This connotes a thorough analysis of the various social factors and variables that could play roles in determining such status.

Such variables vary in culture, social class and interactions. His principle, ethnography of SPEAKING, has been a common model for studying and analyzing. SPEAKING in stands for unique factors such as Settings, Participants, Ends, Act sequence, Key, Instrument, Norms and Genre that should be carefully observed before reaching scientific conclusion about the status of languages in a Speech community.

Speech community, according to Olaoye (2007), is...

Ethics and Conduct: The Youth Vs The Elders in the 21st Century

The society has changed and old things passed away. It is the modern century of technological beef up. The engagements of today seems to be far more productive than then. We now have our information saved on clouds; We don't need to bother our brains any longer. Indeed, the advancement in technology has made our … Continue reading Ethics and Conduct: The Youth Vs The Elders in the 21st Century

Independence Day Specials: Full Text of the President’s Speech.

Broadcast by President Muhammadu Buhari on October 1st, 2017 My dear Nigerians, October 1st remains a special date for all Nigerians as this marks the day when we attained one of the most precious of human desires — freedom. Over the years the country has gone through trials and tribulations, but October 1 st is … Continue reading Independence Day Specials: Full Text of the President’s Speech.

Independence Day Specials: The Chronicles of British Expeditions in Nigeria. (III)

The Northern Expedition: How the North Fell. Regularly, the British expeditions often starts from a water based area. The North wasn't an exception. Lokoja (in the present day Kogi) was the start point in 1867. As usual, a consulate was established. The British interest in the trade of along the Niger, the United African Company … Continue reading Independence Day Specials: The Chronicles of British Expeditions in Nigeria. (III)

Independence Day Specials: The Chronicles of British Expeditions in Nigeria (II).

The Niger-Delta/Biafra Expedition and How the Rest of the South was Conquered Although Lagos was the first place the British conquered, it appeared that there was also a concomitant push going on in the South South of what is today called 'Nigeria' as at the same time when Lagos was been bombarded. The interference also … Continue reading Independence Day Specials: The Chronicles of British Expeditions in Nigeria (II).

Independence Day Specials: The Chronicles of the British Expeditions in Nigeria [I]

In 1862, shortly after the abolition of slave trade off the Atlantic coast of Lagos and after gaining full dominance, in the order that they wade off potential hijackers (French  1862, shortly after the abolition of slave trade off the Atlantic coast of Lagos and after gaining full dominance, in the order that they wade off potential hijackers (French and Portuguese Government), the British administration employed the use of force and guns on the Lagoon. This move eventually compelled the then King of Lagos: Oba Dosunmu to ceding his kingdom to the British.\nand Portuguese Government), the British administration employed the use of force and guns on the Lagoon. This move eventually compelled the then King of Lagos: Oba Dosunmu to ceding his kingdom to the British.