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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Obaranda is Giving Life to Every Day Nigerian Moments

Obaranda is Giving Life to Every Day Nigerian Moments

One young Nigerian Illustrationist/Cartoonist, Justin Irabor is drawing Organic attention to himself through his weekly comic series on Obaranda. Heavily clothed in Humour and delivered with the most unpredictable satire, in less than one year, Justin has kept a fast growing number of his fans and followers coming back to his Obaranda yard. With characteristic bright pop colours, Justin is telling everyday relatable Nigerian stories in the most amazing way.

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Okada 2.0: Max Go is Bringing Back Okada Rides but in Ultra Grand Style

Okada 2.0: Max Go is Bringing Back Okada Rides but in Ultra Grand Style

Have you ever dreamt of wrapping your arms around a speed power bike rider? Missed the liberating feel of hitching and riding an Okada? Well, Max Go, a new ride hailing venture in Lagos is introducing an app that lets you hail a Bike and beat the city’s infamous traffics. Public motorcycle transportation gained popularity in Nigeria in the early 2000s, many states embraced this transportation means but eventually dropped it due to safety concerns and frequency of accidents.

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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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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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