The Honorable Minister of Information and Communication Professor Dora Akunyili recently ordered that henceforth, no one should use the name Naija in place of Nigeria. She threatened that all corporate bodies using it would be communicated to desist from doing so forthwith. Her comments and manner of delivery, reminded me of the days of the Military when orders were handed in the “top down” military fashion without full consultation between and amongst members of the Military team. As long as oga hed of stet don tok, na so i go bi. Nobodi fit tok. Then, the culture of obey bifo komplen and all manner of gra gra were commonplace. We were encouraged to du eviritin wit militri alakriti weda gud oo bad.
bai Edwin Eriata Oribhabor
If you are a first time visitor to the Warri & Sapele areas of South South Nigeria, you will no doubt be attracted to the unique flavour of Naija Langwej formerly addressed as Nigerian Pidgin. Chances are that while you savour the Wafi yans an lingo, you may not immediately catch up or “flow” with the style of speaking there. However, like a memento, you are sure of going home with the word shuo, a trademark of the people of this area. It’s the only place in Nigeria where the word is superfluously used. Put differently, Na fo Wafi na im dem de yuz shuo yangan yangan.