NIGERIAN PEOPLE AND CULTURE:
Welcome to Nigeria.
Nigeria is a country where Nigerians live, while Naija is where more than 250 ethnic groups strive to form a collective. There are few countries that can be identified by a universally accepted nickname like 9ja, this is possible due to the existence of a sub-society within the country known as Nigeria.
Nigeria was created in 1914 through the amalgamation of the northern and southern protectorates to form a British administered colony, this makes everyone irrespective of your tribe a Nigerian.
But what does it mean to be a Nigerian? this concept is strange to most indigenes as they have never experienced the joy or pride of a country that puts their interest first.
On the other hand, most Nigerians see themselves as part of the 6 geopolitical zones of the country. This phenomenon was started when Nigeria was divided into three by the colonial administration of McPherson and sadly people born before 1985 identify primarily from one of this region.
This has continued to fragment the society and now into six regions no longer three and this regions have peculiar tribes which dominate the way of life and other characterise that make each region unique. The people known as naija (9ja) are from a combination of the 6 regions.
The uniqueness of these individual ethnic groups is another topic on its own but what cannot be overemphasized is the fact that the existence of this sub-society or country cannot be denied, evidence that act as a reminder that this society exist is the use and application of Nigerian English to bridge the gap in communication.
Nigerian English popularly called pidgin English is a language formed through the combination of British English, borrowed words from some Nigerian tribes and to a certain extent words made up by Nigerians that can only be understood in context.
The ability of any citizen to speak and understand pidgin English proves that the individual lives in both federal republic Nigeria and the peoples republic of naija, there are those individual who speak and understand only English and thus sometimes find communication with a vast amount of Nigerians difficult.
This are people that for whatever reason didn’t interact which their immediate society enough to be able to pick up the language. There are still those who cannot speak or hear the English language or even Nigerian pidgin English such people live in a tribal society where they only interact with people within their tribe.
In the country the six geo-political regions continue to be the fulcrum for politics, religion. linguistic affiliations, tribal marks, mode of dressing intonations, mannerisms culture and language mix are used in the identification of persons in private and public places. You are therefore welcome to our fatherland Nigeria.