The Changing Face and Forms of Nigerian English in a Global World
12 Grammar of Titles and Naming in British, American, and Nigerian English
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Grammar of Titles and Naming in British, American, and Nigerian English
I’ve lost count of the number of times Americans have asked me why Nigeria's immediate past president has a common Western first name (Jonathan) as his last name. These queries remind me of the question the late Afenifere leader Chief Abraham Adesanya asked a former ThisDay editor by the name of Bolaji Abdullahi when the latter introduced himself to the former on the phone. “Bolaji what?” the late Yoruba leader asked. “Why not Abdullahi Bolaji?” He was calling attention to the incongruity of bearing an Arabic last name and a Yoruba first name, which is a reversal of the norm in western Nigeria.
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