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