Pidgin 101

pigdin 101


Pidgin is a language popularly and widely spoken and accepted in Nigeria.

It facilitates acceptance, respect and also unity amongst Nigerians.

Even in disagreements, pidgin soothes the mind, although it could aggravate the situation as fastly as it also calms.

Whatever you want to convey is fastly translated,

 Confusion is never evident.


Ehen: This could fit virtually into any conversation.

 This could convey awe, reintroduction of a topic, disbelief, continuation of a topic, affirmation, satisfaction,etc

EG; Ehen so you don marry? – wow y.ou are married?

Ehen my sister – as i was saying my sister

Ehen so he die yesterday – he died yesterday !!!

Note: pronounciation is key.


Na wa oh: This is used to express the novelty of the situation.

This is often expressed by a Nigerian who is getting irrational or Impatient.


Abeg : This means please but don’t be fooled, it could also convey disrespect.

Eg; Abeg no vex: this means please dont be angry

 Abeg make i hear word; please shut up

 The reaction of the person spoken to will be different in these two Situation.                        Use  wisely!!!


Wetin: This basically means ‘what’


Shey ; Listen attentively; its a tricky one.

 The rules of concord applies here.

 In the formation of a question, this means’ was’, ‘were’ as well as ‘did’.

 ‘Was’ is used in the first person singular (i) and third person singular   

   (he, she, it), and ‘were’ is used in the second person singular and plural (you,

   your, yours) and first and third person plural(they ,we).

   For the purpose of explaining further;

      me= i

      na= it is, it’s, i,

      him= he, she, it

      you= you

      them= they

      we= we

      no= *negative

      Am = her,him

  Eg; shey na me thief am? – was i the one that stole it

  Shey na him marry yesterday? _ wasn’t he the one that got married


   Shey no be them break am?- weren’t they the ones that broke* it

   *pigdin language rarely recognises the forms of a verb

     Shey na you kill am? – did you kill him ?

     ‘Shey na’ could also depict sarcasm or rhetorical questions.


JARE – This basically lays emphasis on the sentence its stated in.

Eg; carry your bag jare – carry your bag

dey go jare – go

he is my friend jare – he is my friend.


Mumu – This means a stupid person.

Mostly used in fights or disagreements.

……to be continued


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