If you do not speak English well, or do so with an accent and you are Nigerian, don’t be surprised if your fellow Nigerians heap insults/abuses on you. Indeed, it is no wonder that broadcasters chosen and other television personalities in Nigeria that I have heard all have one thing in common: a British or American accent. I actually find Nigerian local accents sexy, especially the Cosmopolitan non-American, non-British Lagosian accent.
Even “pesin wey never touch Yankee get accent sef.” (Persons who have never even left Nigeria have British and American accents). I don’t get this.
Hip TV takes this issue on. (Note: I address accents. The video addresses “mother tongue.”)
Watch and let me know what you think. Are Nigerians losing their mother tongue?