Well its about time this happened. Pidgin English has been Nigeria’s lingua franca for decades, but it appears that plans are afoot to turn it into an official language – not just slang.
Nigerian academics have created a “Naija Languej Akademi” to create a Pidgin reference guide including a Pidgin alphabet, dictionary, a standard guide for orthography, and a history of the language.
Pidgin evolved from a contact language developed in the 1400s to trade with the Portuguese and the British in the southern Niger Delta. Pidgin uses borrow words from indigenous Nigerian languages such as Edo, Itsekiri and Yoruba.
I look forward to the day when I see Professors of Pidgin, and students getting Masters Degrees in Pidgin! :-)