Nigerian Pidgin

Nigerian Pidgin is the product of contact between English and Nigerian languages. However, the first European visitors to the coast of Nigeria were not the English but the Portuguese. A kind of pidgin Portuguese probably developed between the Portuguese and their Nigerian hosts, later to be replaced by an English-based Nigerian Pidgin which is widely used nowadays. Today, several sub-varieties of Nigerian Pidgin can be recognised. Nigerian Pidgin has no official status even though the Government and its agents now use it as a means of reaching a wider audience.

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