It was a cocktail in honour of visiting President ,Open Society Foundations,Professor Christopher Stone at Transcorp Hilton Abuja,Friday Night.But not everyone expected the way the visitor expressed his appreciation to the audience.
Just as M.r Udo Jude Ilo of OSIWA thought he was opening the ‘floor’ for the usual ‘item 7’ ( as eating at gatherings in Nigeria is known) to begin, Stone exhibited his unique show of gratitude:
“I greet una ,my people well well” ,Stone said in pidgin English much to the admiration of audience which applauded the touch of Nigerianness he exhibited.
Pidgin English is very popular among Nigerians and it is the easiest way to communicate across the country.Even most of those who do not have formal education speak pidgin quite admirably.
The cocktail was also marked by presentation of a book :500 Remarkable Events About Nigeria.It was presented to him by Peter Nkanga,West Africa Consultant,Committee To Protect Journalists,CPJ.
Dignitaries at the event organized by OSIWA included Madeline Johnson ,High Commission of Canada,Oliver Blake ,team leader,governance and social development,DFID as well as officials from the Swiss Embassy among others.
Professor Chidi Anselm Odinkau,chair,National Human Rights Commision,Clement Nwankwo,PLAC ,Tracy Keshi,Say No Campaign ,Hauwa Yerima, McArthur Foundation , several other civil society activists and journalists were also present.
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