Prince Charles Speaks Pidgin English to Lagos Crowd


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Prince Charles is known for his Queen’s English which is normal but the British Monarch in waiting however wowed his Nigerian Crowd during a visit to the former British Colony’s commercial capital of Lagos.

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How you dey? (How are you?)” He asked assembled dignitaries, including former heads of state, presidential candidates, leading politicians, and stars from the world of fashion, music and the arts.

Prince Charles who turns 70 this month was on the last leg of his tour of Former British Colonies in West Africa; The Gambia, Nigeria and Ghana.

The Prince who hopes to succeed his mother, Queen Elizabeth as the British Monarch had said he was pleased to be back in Lasgidi (the pidgin parlance for Lagos). He then continued;

“I find it hard to believe that nearly 30 years have passed since I first came to this city,” he added in a speech at the British deputy high commissioner’s residence.

As they say, ‘God don butta my bread’ (God has blessed me),” he said, as he praised the city for its dynamism and energy.

Charles, whose Prince’s Trust charity has helped launch the careers of hundreds of thousands of young entrepreneurs, said both shared the same spirit of imagination and ingenuity.

“If life dey show you pepper, make pepper soup,” he said, which roughly translates to life is what you make it

Pidgin English is regarded as the unifying language of much of West and Central Africa, notably Nigeria, Ghana, The Gambia, Sierra Leone, Cameroon and Liberia having originated as a language of trade between Europeans and Africans in the 17th and 18th century.

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