July 1, 2022 8:59 pm

RC Umuahia North D9142 Holds Pidgin English Fellowship


Rotary Club of Umuahia North District 9142, Wednesday, held Pidgin English Fellowship.

Members and guests of Rotary Club of Umuahia North during the pidgin english fellowship

The fellowship saw the Rotarians struggle with some degree of success to say the object of Rotary in pidgin english to the admiration of members and guests.

Speaking during the fellowship which took place in Umuahia, the capital city of Abia State, the Visionary President of the Club, Rtn. Emeka Sopuruchi pointed out that Nigerian Pidgin English and English are widespread linguae francae in Nigeria where more than 300 languages are spoken. 

He disclosed that the Club decided to celebrate the language to know how members can communicate fluently/ascertain the level of mastery of the language.

Rtn. Sopuruchi clearly observed that when people need to communicate but speak different native languages, they may combine their own languages to create a new ‘pidgin language’.

His words, “There’s diversity and Inclusion in Rotary

RC Umuahia North on Wednesday, conducted her regular weekly fellowship for pidgin English.

Naso people dey laugh as in members try to read object of Rotary for pidgin English.

Wetin I understand be say as we dey communicate with people, we just need to check to know if the person dey understand us abi we just dey yan dey go.

Language speaking and understanding ourselves are indeed two different things”.

The Visionary President informed that pidgin english is broken English like Patois and Creole, spoken along the coast of West Africa and it has extended to the diaspora, due to Nigerian migrants.

The highpoint of the event was the celebration of birthday for all Club members born in the months of December, January and February, who include the immediate past Chairman, Umuahia North Traditional Rulers Council and Traditional Ruler of Oriendu autonomous community Ohuhu clan, Eze Rtn. Philip Ajomiwe among others.

Recall that West African Pidgin English, also called Guinea Coast Creole English, was a language of commerce spoken along the coast during the Atlantic slave trade in the late 17th and 18th Centuries. This allowed British slave merchants and local African traders to conduct business.

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