The Nigerian Pidgin: A Tool for Societal Peace

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Abstract 


Language is an essential tool that fosters peaceful coexistence in any society. The Nigerian Pidgin is one of the unifying tools and a panacea for societal peace in a nation  like  Nigeria,  with  diverse  languages,  ethnic  groups  and  cultures.  This multilingual nature of the Nigerian society is a barrier to its societal peace, effective communication, and the implementation of the national language policy. In order to resolve the language problem and ensure societal peace, there is need to adopt a lingua  franca  that  is  neutral,  common  and  easy-  the  Nigerian  Pidgin  is  such language because it serves a common medium of communication among Nigerians. 

This  paper  is  descriptive  and  highlights  the  relevance  and  roles  of  the  Nigerian Pidgin in promoting societal peace in Nigeria. The paper has its theoretical thrust on the sociology of language by Fishman  (1972). It is revealed that the Nigerian 

Pidgin is not a substandard language; rather it is a linguistic asset that holds the hope of Nigeria nationhood and promises sustainable peace and development. The paper concludes that the Nigerian Pidgin should be promoted and recognised as an official language in Nigeria. 


Keywords:  multilingual  situation,  pidgin  &  pidginisation,  Nigerian  pidgin  and societal peace

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APA

Ukpe, Q. (2021). The Nigerian Pidgin: A Tool for Societal Peace. Afribary. Retrieved from https://afribary.com/works/the-nigerian-pidgin-a-tool-for-societal-peace-pdf

MLA 8th

Ukpe, Queen "The Nigerian Pidgin: A Tool for Societal Peace" Afribary. Afribary, 07 Jul. 2021, https://afribary.com/works/the-nigerian-pidgin-a-tool-for-societal-peace-pdf. Accessed 28 Oct. 2021.

MLA7

Ukpe, Queen . "The Nigerian Pidgin: A Tool for Societal Peace". Afribary, Afribary, 07 Jul. 2021. Web. 28 Oct. 2021. < https://afribary.com/works/the-nigerian-pidgin-a-tool-for-societal-peace-pdf >.

Chicago

Ukpe, Queen . "The Nigerian Pidgin: A Tool for Societal Peace" Afribary (2021). Accessed October 28, 2021. https://afribary.com/works/the-nigerian-pidgin-a-tool-for-societal-peace-pdf