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A creole English is well-used in Nigeria. Roughly 3% of the population there speak it as a first language.

This data and map are a collection of different languages, all of which are English-based creoles. These languages developed during the period of the slave trade and British colonization. Many would have begun as a pidgin; a simplified version of English used for communication between groups without a common language. When a pidgin develops through generations and becomes a first language for some of its speakers, it is then defined as a creole.

Many English-based creoles are spoken in the Caribbean, notably Jamaica. Nigerian Pidgin is used by many millions of speakers in Nigeria, both as a pidgin and, as it is passed down through generations, increasingly as a creole.

Territory size shows the proportion of all people who speak a creole English as a first language that live in that territory.

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