'God don butter my bread': Prince Charles speaks Pidgin in Nigeria

Silvia Maresca

Prince Charles tried out some new phrases in Pidgin when he visited Nigeria's largest city, Lagos. 

The Prince of Wales said it was particularly special to be there after nearly 30 years, and that the only words to describe it were 'God don butter my bread,' a term in Pidgin meaning 'God has blessed me.' 

'How you dey?' ('How are you?') he asked assembled dignitaries and leading politicians, as well as stars from the world of fashion, music and the arts.

The Pidgin language is the widely spoken 'lingua franca' of much of west and central Africa, a way of communicating meant to overcome the barriers of Africa's many different dialects that first began in the late 17th and 18th centuries.

The language is a cultural force, used in everything from Afrobeat music to movies emerging from Nigeria's Nollywood, now the world's second-largest film industry. 

The prince also spoke about his commitment to Lagos through The Prince's Trust initiative, which sees money invested in return for social value.

The visit in Lagos was Charles' final stop of his eight-day trip to west Africa.