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Pidgin English & Thoughts from a Nigerian American

If you talk to a man [woman] in a language he [she] understands, that goes to his [her] head. If you talk to him [her] in his [her] language, that goes to his [her] heart. -Nelson Mandela

As a Nigerian American born in the U.S. and raised predominantly by a Black-American woman, I did not learn my tribal language of Igbo, let alone Pidgin English, and I still don’t have a mastery of either based on the predominantly white, American spaces I encounter. When my brother and I did spend time with our Nigerian father and Black American step-mother, we did not speak Igbo or Pidgin English. For us Africans that grow up in bi-continental homes, identity formation and the ac...

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