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Nigerian Pidgin is an English-based creole that formed with many Nigerian languages. It is spoken across Nigeria. Related to Caribbean creoles like Jamaican Patois and African creoles like Krio in Sierra Leone. Yemi speaks Nigerian Pidgin, an English-based pidgin and creole language spoken throughout Nigeria. It is most commonly heard in the Niger Delta, where it is a first language for many. Although unrecognized as an official language, more than 30 million people speak variations of this language and it is used as a lingua franca across Nigeria. Because of the diverse linguistic and ethnic demographics in Nigeria, with over 250 ethnic groups and over 500 languages present within the country, a common language is necessary for communication between the different groups; Nigerian Pidgin serves this purpose. Nigerian Pidgin is comparable to the creoles of the Caribbean, particularly Jamaican Patois. Although pronunciation and some vocabulary differ, the West African languages such as Yoruba and Igbo that creolized with English are shared, so they are often mutually intelligible. This is especially true when these different pidgins are written, since the writing systems have evolved in similar ways concerning reduplication for emphasis and replacements for English conjugations of verbs.

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