Only a month ago Nigeria and the rest of West Africa were delighted by the news of BBC launching a Pidgin English digital service for millions of viewers. This week the wealthiest man in the world, Bill Gates himself, was seen speaking Pidgin on BBC. Check out this memorable video right now!
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Last week Bill Gates was invited to do an interview on BBC. In this interview, he was expected to speak to Nigerians on a number of important topics, including what the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, which is a charity organization founded by Bill Gates and his wife Melinda, is planning to do for Nigeria.
Among the topics discussed were the foundation’s efforts to fight poverty, improve education, and establish better healthcare. Bill Gates also mentioned his cooperation with Nigeria’s wealthiest man, Aliko Dangote, in the fight against poverty. However, the topics mentioned above weren’t the most surprising thing about the interview, as Mr. Gates started his speech by addressing Nigerians in Pidgin English.
Bill Gates said: “My people for Africa! How una dey? My name na Bill Gates. Make una dey follow BBC Pidgin”, which translates as: “Good people of Africa! How are you? My name is Bill Gates. Please follow BBC Pidgin.” See the rest of his historically significant speech below.
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