PIDGIN LANGUAGE: A STRATEGY FOR ENHANCING NATIONAL UNITY, PEACE AND SECURITY IN NIGERIA

PIDGIN LANGUAGE: A STRATEGY FOR ENHANCING NATIONAL UNITY, PEACE AND SECURITY IN NIGERIA

  • Ngozi Patience Dominic General Studies Department, Federal College of Education (Technical), Asaba, Delta State, Nigeria
Keywords: Pidgin, Language, National Unity, Peace and Security

Abstract

Pidgin language in Nigeria is an important language that has achieved wide recognition and has become a language of contact among people from different groups and languages. Over the years it has been very challenging for Nigerians to cohabit in peace and unity because of the multiplicity of language. The inborn tendency to claim that one’s tribe and tongue is better than others continues to cause disunity, absence of peace and security. Sadly though, Pidgin continues to suffer outright neglect, absolute disregard, viewed as a jargon or “auxiliary situational language, broken, basterdized tongues, haphazard Inferior, and consequently, not accepted as a standard means of communication.  It is on this note, that the author examines the role of Pidgin language in the achievement of national unity, peace and security in Nigerian. It also examines the impact of the recognition of Pidgin as well as the functions of Pidgin in a multilingual nation, as Nigeria. Consequently, the author recommends that pidgin should be approved as a national language in Nigeria, and incorporated into the Nigerian school curriculum to be used as another means of communication, taught in schools so as to improve learners’ knowledge exposing them to the distinctive peculiarities existing between the English and the Pidgin language respectively.

Author Biography

Ngozi Patience Dominic, General Studies Department, Federal College of Education (Technical), Asaba, Delta State, Nigeria

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Published
2020-07-03