Video/Audio: U.S. Ambassador Speaks Pidgin English During an Interview_Wazobia..

Date: 17-03-2014 5:57 pm (10 years ago) | Author: Tony Ladipo
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James F. Entwistle, the U.S. ambassador to Nigeria,
speaks Pidgin English during an interview with Wazobia FM in Nigeria.



NPR (National Public Radio)

March 15, 2014


It's not often that a broadcast interview by a diplomat wows listeners, but a recent conversation involving the American ambassador to Nigeria, James F. Entwistle, is causing a buzz – and winning applause.

The praise is not so much for the content of the interview or the pressing issues the ambassador discusses. It's more for the language in which he chose to express himself: pidgin English.

Pidgin, or broken English, is the popular lingua franca spoken throughout West Africa. The patois cuts across Nigeria, the continent's most populous nation, which is home to hundreds of local languages, making it easier for millions of Nigerians from different parts of the country to communicate.

Entwistle was recently interviewed by Nigeria's Wazobia FM, the first radio station in Nigeria to broadcast in pidgin English. He was asked about Nigeria's controversial new anti-gay legislation and whether the U.S. might impose sanctions.
"The U.S. government no say sanction go dey for Nigeria, because of same-sex palava-o," Entwistle said.

In other words, the U.S. is not going to impose sanctions on Nigeria for passing a law criminalizing same-sex marriages.


Video & Audio clips are two different versions
Audio Interview

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A Surprise Call From The Embassy

It's not often that Westerners learn to speak, and master, pidgin.

So Onimisi "OJ" Adaba, the coordinating manager of Wazobia FM, says he was surprised when he received a call from the American Embassy suggesting the live studio interview in pidgin with the new ambassador.
"I'm like, 'Wait a minute, Wazobia? I mean, we're talking about the U.S. ambassador! Does he speak pidgin in the first place?'" Adaba said.
Adaba was told the ambassador was practicing, trying to pick up things from here and there. "And I'm like, 'OK, it's worth giving a shot,'" he said.

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“ He sold himself into the hearts of many Nigerians. That's quite a plus for the American Embassy.
-..Lolo David, radio host....
Omotunde "Lolo" David, the host, was delighted to converse in pidgin with the American diplomat live on the air. She's a self-confessed aficionado of pidgin and says, though it may not be the language of diplomacy, it reaches people at the grassroots level.

Wazobia FM callers asked the American ambassador a range of questions – including one about next year's much-anticipated elections in Nigeria. Incumbent President Goodluck Jonathan's party is expected to be pushed hard by the opposition, and they wanted to know the U.S. position on the vote.

His answer?

"Make I tell you say U.S. no get any candidate for mind. The only ting wey go sweet us be say make the election dey transparent, credible and concluded," Entwistle said in Pidgin. "Make Nigerians pick candidates wey go sweet their belle, wey go do well well for them."

Did you get that? Here's a translation: "Washington does not have a preferred presidential candidate. Just let Nigeria's elections be




Posted: at 17-03-2014 05:57 PM (10 years ago) | Gistmaniac
- osamabinladin at 17-03-2014 07:04 PM (10 years ago)
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 Grin
Posted: at 17-03-2014 07:04 PM (10 years ago) | Hero
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- paulohking at 17-03-2014 07:14 PM (10 years ago)
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 Cheesy Cheesy Cheesy Cheesy Cheesy
Posted: at 17-03-2014 07:14 PM (10 years ago) | Hero
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- RECORDS at 17-03-2014 07:35 PM (10 years ago)
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Posted: at 17-03-2014 07:35 PM (10 years ago) | Newbie
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- angesco at 17-03-2014 07:38 PM (10 years ago)
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This happened ages ago 12thFebruary 2014 if I am correct! But good on him.

Now he has shown if you put in the effort you can try another language - a particular high ranking lady in Nigeria can improve her use of the English language!
Posted: at 17-03-2014 07:38 PM (10 years ago) | Gistmaniac
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- ObyWBabaK at 17-03-2014 10:04 PM (10 years ago)
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 Cool Wink Wink
Posted: at 17-03-2014 10:04 PM (10 years ago) | Gistmaniac
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- Mikexp at 17-03-2014 11:42 PM (10 years ago)
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I gv am water 4 water i gv am geskia 4 geskia
Posted: at 17-03-2014 11:42 PM (10 years ago) | Gistmaniac
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- beneno at 18-03-2014 12:37 AM (10 years ago)
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he only understands pidgin but he didnt speak  pidgin   Roll Eyes  Roll Eyes  Roll Eyes  Roll Eyes
Posted: at 18-03-2014 12:37 AM (10 years ago) | Addicted Hero
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- papadip at 18-03-2014 01:00 AM (10 years ago)
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Quote from: beneno on 18-03-2014 12:37 AM
he only understands pidgin but he didnt speak  pidgin   Roll Eyes  Roll Eyes  Roll Eyes  Roll Eyes
…..Actually he did if you listened to the audio clip…!!!
He did very well….

Posted: at 18-03-2014 01:00 AM (10 years ago) | Gistmaniac
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- papadip at 18-03-2014 01:11 AM (10 years ago)
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Quote from: angesco on 17-03-2014 07:38 PM
This happened ages ago 12thFebruary 2014 if I am correct! But good on him.

Now he has shown if you put in the effort you can try another language - a particular high ranking lady in Nigeria can improve her use of the English language!

Truly it did happen at that time which I read online but these clips (Video & Audio) were not available until March 15, 2014 and I thought it would be a good idea to post these clips.

Good luck to the high ranking lady in Nigeria I am sure there will be an improvement as far as English language is concerned.
Whoever she is I’ll say keep trying…. ..no bi Naija language.
Posted: at 18-03-2014 01:11 AM (10 years ago) | Gistmaniac
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- un9ja-9ja at 18-03-2014 01:31 AM (10 years ago)
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bia poster, u no try at all cos dis no be news! u never see one america girl dey speak yoruba fluently? she be dey give proverbs self for deep yoruba!
Posted: at 18-03-2014 01:31 AM (10 years ago) | Upcoming
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- papadip at 18-03-2014 05:58 AM (10 years ago)
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Quote from: un9ja-9ja on 18-03-2014 01:31 AM
bia poster, u no try at all cos dis no be news! u never see one america girl dey speak yoruba fluently? she be dey give proverbs self for deep yoruba!

Yes  I did and few others.....I was carried away……
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Posted: at 18-03-2014 05:58 AM (10 years ago) | Gistmaniac
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- glorykay at 18-03-2014 08:07 AM (10 years ago)
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So wetin dat one give us @ poster
Posted: at 18-03-2014 08:07 AM (10 years ago) | Upcoming
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- dareper at 18-03-2014 09:12 AM (10 years ago)
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Not my business, he fit speak biafra language? Up biafra!!
Posted: at 18-03-2014 09:12 AM (10 years ago) | Hero
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- kodos at 18-03-2014 10:48 AM (10 years ago)
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Abeg meke na givern one bottles ,he try well well,it go make since to makem naija man
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- kingcalors at 18-03-2014 11:36 AM (10 years ago)
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Dis man has a naija blood running in his vains. Infact, i am quite sure that he'll naturaliz as a Nigerian after his tenure.
Posted: at 18-03-2014 11:36 AM (10 years ago) | Gistmaniac
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- cocoeni at 18-03-2014 12:55 PM (10 years ago)
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 Cool Cool
Posted: at 18-03-2014 12:55 PM (10 years ago) | Hero
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- dickman2 at 18-03-2014 01:39 PM (10 years ago)
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he try..if he no speak am na be say he no live for naija..
Posted: at 18-03-2014 01:39 PM (10 years ago) | Addicted Hero
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- yettyness at 18-03-2014 03:14 PM (10 years ago)
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the american girl in video try oh
Posted: at 18-03-2014 03:14 PM (10 years ago) | Gistmaniac
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- dlimelite at 18-03-2014 04:35 PM (10 years ago)
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That is a distraction to make we Africans/Nigerians think that they are our friends. The white man isnt your friend. (Do your research) He's only there to steal our resources/money. I bet the missing $20 billion is in the hands of the white man now. Ivory Coast president & first lady have been arrested for refusing to give them their country's money/resources.
Posted: at 18-03-2014 04:35 PM (10 years ago) | Hero
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