That Nigerian Pidgin (NP). the language of widest outreach within the Nigerian nation (Gani Ikilama 1993) has no decided of orthography should engage the attention of linguists in general and promoters of reading in particular. The practice. over the years (even by literacy giants) of putting NP in print has been chaotic — a mixture of various spelling systems.
This paper examines the various practices. and recommends. as a matter of urgency. an independent and standard orthography. which will not only reveal the status of NP as a language in its own right. but will also aid the literacy programme for multilingual Nigeria.