Finally, Pidgin English Goes Digital!

Finally, Pidgin English Goes Digital!

British media powerhouse, BBC yesterday launched an online portal that will deliver its expressions in Pidgin English. The new media expression will disperse content through text news, features and podcasts. This is an exciting news for many across Africa and this is why.

Pidgin English, the now popular informal lingua franca of Nigeria has grown into a strong and highly accepted medium of communication across Nigeria into west and central Africa. The language originated from Portuguese speakers who came into West Africa during the colonial era.  Since its birth, Pidgin English has evolved, from being a medium of communication for uneducated, impoverished and lower class communicators who were not literate enough to express themselves in proper English Language to a popular and accepted language. Though still informal, Pidgin English cuts across class, age, tribe, borders and cultures.

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Power to the People! You Can Now Rate Your State.

Power to the People! You Can Now Rate Your State.

The Internet today is playing a major role in governance as far as Citizens engagement is concerned. A group of developers have designed a performance index for states in Nigeria citizens and residents of these states can review the state leadership's performance in various areas like healthcare and education.

On their platform, statescore.com.ng they have carefully listed out all 36 states and the FCT, visitors can login via facebook and twitter, rate their state, view their scorecard (which contains score breakdowns and some historical analysis) and also share their scores with friends via social media. States are ranked based on crowdsourced ratings from signed up reviewers.

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Bino and Fino are Rewriting the African Narrative, One Funny Episode at a Time.

Bino and Fino are Rewriting the African Narrative, One Funny Episode at a Time.

Children entertainment is one part of the Nigerian buzzing entertainment sector struggling to exist. There are very little to very few available local kids entertainment. Many kids are left with Disney, Nickelodeon, Cartoon Network or none.

To change this, Adamu Waziri a young Nigerian Content Creator birthed Bino and Fino, a cartoon series focused on the everyday life of two Nigerian living with their grandparents in a local Nigerian Community. The Cartoon highlights everyday life and times in the life of every other Nigerian Child. Being rich in culture and laced in humorous storytelling, Bino and Fino aim promotes Nigerian and African culture while keeping viewers entertained. The show currently runs on multiple language options; English, Igbo, Hausa, Yourba, Swahili and French. This covers Anglophone, franchophone and indigenous Africa. In an era when many African Languages are threatened, this show not only entertains but preserves African Culture.

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Twiplomancy: Nigeria Wants to Communicate with the World Now Via Twitter

Twiplomancy: Nigeria Wants to Communicate with the World Now Via Twitter

Last weekend, Nigeria as an entity like many other countries around the world adopted Twiplomancy; the use of social network and microblogging website Twitter, by heads of state, leaders of intergovernmental organizations (IGOs), and their diplomats to conduct diplomatic outreach and public diplomacy. Prior to these times, government interacted with citizens solely via radio, television and print media. Internet and technologies around it is reshaping government-citizen relationships around the world.

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Nathaniel Bassey is Reshaping Church Culture Through a Digital Revival

Nathaniel Bassey is Reshaping Church Culture Through a Digital Revival

If You do not know What #Hallelujahchallenge is then we are going to imagine You live under a rock. Nathaniel Bassey is leading a digital revolution like we've never seen before and we are Impressed!

Popular Nigerian Inspirational and Gospel Artiste, Nathaniel Bassey recently started a trend changing worship culture in a way the Nigerian Christian community has never seen before. Mr Bassey, who is known for his soothing voice and his skillful mix of jazz and classical soul in his art, blew a trumpet on social media last month announcing a new trend – A thirty days, one hour #TonguesChallenge which rolled out every day at midnight. The call invited and called on Christians all over the world, beginning from his local region, Nigeria to Join in a Live Instagram prayer session. Subscribers who joined sent their prayers via Instagram Live comments, praying together as one and praying for one another via the comment feature. Each prayer session gathered up testimonies of new miracles; day by the day the numbers grew and by the 30th day, a massive cult following had engulfed the 30 days #TonguesChallenge. Totally unorthodox and nontraditional, this bold move got more acceptance than expected. 

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