Requests for new languages/Wikipedia Nigerian Pidgin

main page Request for a new language edition: Wikipedia Nigerian Pidgin
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The language is eligible for a project, which means that the subdomain can be created once there is an active community and a localized interface, as described in the language proposal policy. You can discuss the creation of this language project on this page.

Once the criteria are met, the language committee can proceed with the approval and will verify the test project content with a reliable neutral source, such as a professor or expert.

If you think the criteria are met, but the project is still waiting for approval, feel free to notify the committee and ask them to consider its approval.

A committee member provided the following comment:

Project is eligible. Please contribute to the test project at incubator:Wp/pcm. You can request activation of the language at here. For LangCom: StevenJ81 (talk) 14:34, 16 January 2018 (UTC)
  • The community needs to develop an active test project; it must remain active until approval (automated statistics, recent changes). It is generally considered active if the analysis lists at least three active, not-grayed-out editors listed in the sections for the previous few months.
  • The community needs to complete required MediaWiki interface translations in that language (about localization, translatewiki, check completion).
  • The community needs to discuss and complete the settings table below:
What Value Example / Explanation
Language code pcm (SILGlottolog) A valid ISO 639-1 or 639-3 language code, like "fr", "de", "nso", ...
Language name Nigerian Pidgin Language name in English
Language name Naija Language name in your language. This will appear in the language list on Special:Preferences, in the interwiki sidebar on other wikis, ...
Language Wikidata item Q33655 - item has currently the following values:
  • en label = Nigerian Pidgin
  • native label (P1705) = pidgin
  • instance/subclass (P31/P279) = pidgin, language, modern language / English-based creole languages
  • Wikimedia language code (P424) =
  • writing system (P282) = Latin script
  • number of speakers (P1098) = 47,500,000
Item about the language at Wikidata. It would normally include the Wikimedia language code, name of the language, etc. Please complete at Wikidata if needed.
Directionality LTR Is the language written from left to right (LTR) or from right to left (RTL)?
Links Nigerian Dictionary, Naija Pidgin, A Basic Description and Analytic Treatment of Noun Clauses in Nigerian Pidgin Links to previous requests, or references to external websites or documents.
Project name Wikipedia "Wikipedia" in your language
Project namespace usually the same as the project name
Project talk namespace "Wikipedia talk" (the discussion namespace of the project namespace)
Enable uploads yes Default is "no". Preferably, files should be uploaded to Commons.
If you want, you can enable local file uploading, either by any user ("yes") or by administrators only ("admin").
Notes: (1) This setting can be changed afterwards. The setting can only be "yes" or "admin" at approval if the test creates an Exemption Doctrine Policy (EDP) first. (2) Files on Commons can be used on all Wikis. (3) Uploading fair-use images is not allowed on Commons (more info). (4) Localisation to your language may be insufficient on Commons.
Optional settings
Project logo This needs to be an SVG image (instructions for logo creation).
Default project timezone Africa/Lagos "Continent/City", e.g. "Europe/Brussels" or "America/Mexico City" (see list of valid timezones)
Additional namespaces For example, a Wikisource would need "Page", "Page talk", "Index", "Index talk", "Author", "Author talk".
Additional settings Anything else that should be set
submit phabricator task (includes everything automatically, except additional namespaces/settings)


Number of Speakers: 3 to 5 Million native, 75 Million as second language

Spoken in: Nigeria, United Kingdom (immigrant community), United States (immigrant community)

Related languages: Jamaican Patois, English, Igbo, Portuguese, Spanish

Nigerian Pidgin is a English based Pidgin spoken in Nigeria. It is commonly known as Naija. Also known as "Broken" or "Brokin" due to the use of slang words. There is a large internet community in Nigeria and this would make this Wikipedia grow.


Votes in FavorEdit

  • Support Nigerian Pidgin is a large language. It would be a growing wiki.--Kanzler31 04:24, 13 July 2010 (UTC)
  • Support: I'll go for it, even though I'm not from Nigeria. --TrooperAnimalLover
  • Support. The BBC News website recently added a Nigerian Pidgin language translation. Also, there are already Haitian and Jamaican pidgin Wikipedias. KATMAKROFAN (talk) 03:56, 5 September 2017 (UTC)
  • Support. The language is spoken by 30 million people in Nigeria, not all of whom speak standard English. Adsci8 (talk) 03:31, 15 September 2017 (UTC)
  • Very Strong Support. This is the most widely used language in the most populous country in Africa. It is used all over social media and even has a BBC edition. I'm surprised that there isn't already a Nigerian Pidgin Wikipedia. Sabon Harshe (talk) 16:49, 24 December 2019 (UTC)

Votes againstEdit

  • Oppose: where are the native speakers? 14:21, 2 June 2012 (UTC)
    • Comment: Nearly 200 million speakers in Africa, more than what most Wikipedia language editions have. Sabon Harshe (talk) 16:52, 24 December 2019 (UTC)
  • Oppose: It's a spoken English dialect and there is no orthography for -- 19:24, 30 July 2018 (UTC)
    • Comment: Very wrong. There is an orthography. There are Nigerian Pidgin Bibles and standardised ways of writing Nigerian Pidgin. And have you seen BBC Pidgin? Sabon Harshe (talk) 16:52, 24 December 2019 (UTC)

Localisation updateEdit

  • There is currently no localisation in progress. GerardM 18:02, 28 August 2010 (UTC)