Side Line: Pidgin English
IT may share many of its words and basic grammar with English, but a perplexed look descends across the face of most newcomers to Nigeria the first time they are addressed in Pidgin.
"How you dey?" comes the question, or "How body?" (both meaning "how are you?")
"I dey fine" is the correct response, or, if you're in a less upbeat mood, "country hard", meaning "things are tough".