You Speak the Language, but You May Get Lost Without This Guide to Nigerian English

Nigeria is the giant of Africa. It has the largest population (over 200 million), a profitable film industry (Nollywood), and it’s currently enjoying global recognition as a culturally rich powerhouse—with hits on Billboard’s R&B/Hip-Hop chart to boot. The British colonized this West African nation and departed its shores in 1960 leaving behind a legacy that would establish English as the official language. Nigerian English, however, is an amalgamation of British “Queen’s English,” cool Americanisms, and local languages (of which there are some 500). The result is a creative melee of “broken English” and words that, hilariously, have grown eternally distant from their original definitions. Nothing is as it seems. October 2019

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