Datapoint Nigerian Pidgin/Domains of use: school

While Nigerian Pidgin is not one of the official languages of Nigeria, its use is so widespread that there are many instances where it must be used in the classroom in order ensure that effective communication takes place. This phenomenon would, however, probably not be readily admitted to by teachers and other school officials. Among students from primary level to university level, Nigerian Pidgin is often the language of choice, not only because it is the most useful language for communication, but because it is also a marker of student identity. University students have traditionally been some of the most prolific and innovative speakers of Nigerian Pidgin.