“Aunt Akwe”, who was bemused at her appearance in my last post, just sent me a highly comprehensive dictionary of Nigerian pidgin. It’s very helpful if you want to decipher Emmanuel Oluwatosin’s translation of the 23rd psalm, which begins:
The Lord na my shephard, I dey kampe.
E make me sidon for where betta dey flow and come put me next to stream make mai bodi thermacool.
Or translate the lyrics of “I Go Chop Your Dollar”, for that matter.
(By the way, “Aunt Akwe” doesn’t live in Lagos, I don’t send money to her, and she tells me she’d buy the beer for herself, not for Uncle Pat.)
While we’re on the subject of the burgeoning Nigerian blogosphere, Imnakoya of Grandiose Parlor mentions that mainstream Nigerian newspapers seem to be catching on to the phenomenal growth of Naija blogs. An article in the Daily Champion features the Nigerian Blog Aggregator, which now features 130 blogs from Nigerians inside and outside the country.
If you read just one Nigerian blog this week (and who can stop with just one?), read “Teju Cole”, the lyrical chronicle of a journey home by a Nigerian living in the US. It’s hard to say whether his photography or writing is more beautiful, but they both demand your time and attention.