Party Comedians as Facilitators of Language Development for Developing Nigeria

By Mabel Osakwe.

Published by The Social Sciences Collection

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This paper examines recreation as a fun generating, attractive, and potentially productive aspects of socio-political life in Nigeria. It argues that the rapid growth of the Nigerian Pidgin (NP Naijá), enhanced by its vitality and visibility through party comedians, shows how productive recreation can be in the socio-political life of a nation. The evolution of NP as a possible solution to Nigeria’s national language problem is anchored and explicated on psychosociolinguistic and ethnolinguistic theories of language function and language planning. Evidences from the public and private work force showing the status of partying as both formal and informal recreation; are provided; while tracing and showing how both indigenous Nigerian languages and Naijá in particular, are being developed in the course of their being used as vehicle of social inter-ethnic communication; for jokes and anecdotes by party comedians. An analysis of the extent of productivity and creativity is undertaken to show how Naijá is being developed. It argues that partying can be harnessed to develop Nigeria beyond job creation for comedians and health therapy for stress-related medical conditions; it can develop the acceptable lingua franca needed for Nigeria’s unity, national identity, and pride.

Keywords: Partying, Comedian, Fun-generating, Socio-political Life, Indigenous Nigerian Languages, Naija, Developing Human Capital, Socio-interethnic Communication, Psycholinguistic, Lingua Franca, Complex Multilingual State, Nigeria’s Unity

International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, Volume 5, Issue 7, pp.109-124. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 767.754KB).

Prof. Mabel Osakwe

Professor of English Language, Department of English and Literary Studies, Faculty of Arts, Delta State University, Abraka, Delta State, Nigeria

Mabel Osakwe is a professor of English Language, Department of English and Literary Studies, Delta State University, Abraka – Nigeria. She was pioneer Head of her Department and served both in the University Senate and Council. Born on 5th November 1951, she qualified to study English at Ibadan with an advanced level certificate from the University of London. In addition to a B.A. Hons degree from the University of Ibadan, she holds M.A. degrees in English Language. An addition M.Ed degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Temple University U.S.A. further equipped her for a stable academic career. She teaches courses in syntax, semantics, phonology, stylistics, psycholinguistics, sociolinguistics and other applied linguistics. She has published nationally and internationally in those areas of interest. Arising from recent interest in women studies and the millennium development goals papers on the use of communication as tool for wealth creation and activating language policies for women empowerment have been authored by her. Her publications in linguostylistics, have demonstrated multidisciplinary aspects of English Linguistics in exploring meaning in Nobel Laureate Wole Soyinka’s poetry of English expression: ‘A Linguistic Guide to Soyinka’s Idanre…’ ‘The Language of A Shuttle…’ and ‘Poetrymate’ are authored by her.

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