The rise of pidgin: Bill Gates tries understanding Pidgin English

Back in the days Pidgin English was considered as a language for the illiterate. It was used mostly to transmit

the word of God to the local population in west and some parts of central Africa as well as for business transaction even after the era of decolonization.

Pidgin English took a solid stand when slaves were freed in Sierra Leon (Freetown), when they found themselves in Freetown and having no other language to speak than the English they know, and also considering the fact that most of them have lost their mother tongue as a result of slavery
it was then, they started broking the white man’s language (English) into smaller segments in order to understand the message of one another, otherwise known as pidgin / broken English.

Recent trends in entertainment, business, media, and communication have moved Pidgin from an inferior and forbidden language to a sub classic lingua franca not only in west and central Africa. No one is ashamed to speak a language BBC has created a special service for, no one is ashamed of speaking a language their super stars such as Don Jazzy, D’banj, Jovi, Stanley Enow, wizkid, Epule Jeffrey, Charles Inojie, Sarkodie and others proudly speak with swag.

More interestingly, Microsoft founder and philanthropist Bill Gates took the time to answer questions put directly to him by some of BBC Pidgin’s audience. He even gamely had a go at speaking Pidgin.

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