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Pidgin English Term Triggers Debate after Going Viral in New Year

A Nigerian slang term meaning not letting anyone bully or cheat you is sparking debate after police warned the slogan could be a message of rebellion. While not new, the pidgin English term “No gree for anybody”, and variations of it, has been going viral since the start of the year as a motto for self-reliance and resilience in the face of difficulties. With Africa’s most populous country struggling with rising living costs and security challenges from jihadists to kidnap gangs, the phrase has collectively become a slogan for getting through tough times in 2024. But the national police spokesperson, Olumuyiwa Adejobi, last week warned against using the phrase, triggering a debate on social media.