What is the importance of the English language in Nigeria?


As the country's official language, English is very important in Nigeria. Many varieties of English are spoken in the country from Standard English to Nigerian Pidgin English, a more simplified form of English used to communicate across language barriers.

Nigerian English has developed through a wide variety of influences, including African mother tongues, Indian and British-style English and West African Pidgin English. Although Nigerian English bears significant resemblance to Standard English, variations in syntax make the language appear awkward or grammatically incorrect to speakers of American or British English. For example, the phrase "Say me well to him" is a commonly used expression of friendliness in Nigerian English, though it would appear quite unusual to American English speakers.

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