English is the most widely spoken language in West Africa. In a
region characterized by cultural and ethnic diversity, Pidgin English
is both the bridge and the glue that unites and binds West Africans.
Pidgin English developed out of the need for the Africans to trade
with European merchants in the pre-slave trade era. This hybrid
language became more widely spread and institutionalized with the
return of freed slaves from America. The African slaves that had
been in America developed a type of coded English; a language which
their slave overseers could not understand. (For example, "Go
yonder" meant "go under or escape".) Today throughout
West Africa, there are many variations of Pidgin English. The Pidgin
English used in this Study Bible is commonly spoken in Benin, Cameroon,
Nigeria, and Togo with a total population of over 100 million.
This Study Bible on the book of John is the first in the series
of the Synoptic Gospels to be printed. It is intended that the other
books will follow. The goal is to get the Bible in the hands and
hearts of the people of West Africa, and in the language they can
understand more completely.
Pioneer work such as this endeavor can face numerous challenges;
however, anyone who fears to make mistakes never learns. Now let
us join and praise God's name together.
Dedicated to my wife, Lynette A. Molindo and the people of Cameroon.
Printed in Omdha Nebraska, USA June 30, 1996. All rights reserved.
No part of this publication may be reproduced or distributed in
any form or by any means, or stored in a data base or retrieval
system, without the prior written permission by the author.
Rev. Ekoka A. Molindo 125 N. 39th Street #3 OmahaNE 68131 USA
Christian Missionary Work in Cameroon
Bible Translation into Local African Languages.
Africa for Jesus Initiantive