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;
na= it is, it’s, i,
him= he, she, it
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