The British High Commissioner to Nigeria Paul Arkwright granted a BBC interview where he spoke in Nigerian Pidgin.
In the interview, Arkwright told the BBC’s Pidgin service what he enjoyed about being in Nigeria, his best Nigerian food and also his favorite footballer in the world – all in Pidgin.
Watch the interview below
Following a government funding boost announced in 2016, the British Broadcasting Corporation on Monday, August 21, launched BBC Pidgin for West and central Africa. This is part of the biggest expansion of the World Service since the 1940s.
With the introduction of the new service, the BBC said it hopes to contribute to the development of the language.
The service will provide news, current affairs and analysis of Nigeria, West and Central Africa – as well as international news from the BBC’s global network of correspondents.
The new service is also aimed at providing the BBC’s global audience with a better understanding of the region. The new digital service which is also aimed at younger and female audiences – will also feature BBC Minute, broadcasting six times a day, with a round up of the world in 60 seconds available online and social.
New programming will also feature a specially commissioned drama which will illustrate the beauty of the language and the fun people have in following the language.
In addition to Pidgin, the Nigerian audience have assured of access to Yoruba and Igbo services soon to complement the current Hausa service and
Pidgin is one of the most widely-spoken languages in Africa, even though it is not officially recognised, it is spoken by 75 million people in Nigeria alone, with additional speakers in Cameroon, Ghana, and Equatorial Guinea.