Prince Charles Speaks ‘Pidgin’ as He Hangs Out with Celebrities in Lagos


Duke of Cornwall and heir to the British throne, Prince Charles, arrived in Lagos on Wednesday, a day after arriving Abuja, the nation’s capital.


The Prince of Wales is the oldest and longest-serving heir apparent in British history.


While speaking when he was addressing assembled dignitaries including former heads of state, presidential candidates, leading politicians, and stars from the world of fashion, music and the arts, the Prince asked, “How you dey? (How are you?).


Queen Elizabeth II’s eldest son and heir, who turns 70 this month and winds up a tour of The Gambia, Ghana and Nigeria on Thursday, said he was pleased to be back in “Lasgidi” (Lagos).

“I find it hard to believe that nearly 30 years have passed since I first came to this city,” he added in a speech at the British Deputy High Commissioner’s residence.


“As they say, ‘God don butta my bread’ (God has blessed me),” he said, praising the city for its dynamism and energy. Lagos is reported to be home to more than 20 million people as well as the driver of the economy of Africa’s most populous nation.


Charles, whose Prince’s Trust has helped launch the careers of hundreds of thousands of young entrepreneurs, said both shared the same spirit of imagination and ingenuity.


“If life dey show you pepper, make pepper soup,” he said, which roughly translates to “life is what you make it.”


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