Confederation of African Football tweets in local Nigerian languages, delights Nigerian X users + photos

The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has tweeted in Yoruba, Igbo, and Pidgin languages, delighting Nigerian X users. 

The football governing body's tweets were in celebration of a Nigerian trio, and the move was well-received by netizens.

As it were, CAF joined a host of other people across the world in celebrating Nigerian trio Victor Osimhen, Asisat Oshoala and Chiamaka Nnadozie after they were recognised as the best players and goalkeeper in Africa on Monday night while also celebrating the Super Falcons team that emerged as the best Women’s team on the continent.

Osimhen was named African Footballer of The Year after beating Morocco’s Achraf Hakimi and Egypt’s Mohamed Salah to the award at a ceremony in Marrakech on Monday, with compatriot Oshoala winning the top prize in the women's category.

Nnadozie beat fellow goalkeepers in the form of Moroccan shot-stopper Khadija El-Rmichi and South Africa’s Andile Olaminii to claim the CAF Women’s Goalkeeper of The Year for 2023.

The achievement means Osimhen became the first Nigeria to win the men’s best player award for the first time since 1999 after Kanu Nwankwo claimed the honour. But for Oshoala, it was a record-extending sixth award and the first for Nnadozie.

In celebrating the Nigerians and the women’s team, CAF in a series of posts on their official X handle has been tweeting in Yoruba, Igbo and, pidgin languages.

One of the tweets in Yoruba read, “Mo so fun yin o #CAFAwards2023” 

Another tweet in pidgin read, “Naija full ground, Naija gather dey, Naija no dey carry last!” 

Tweeting in Igbo, CAF wrote, “Osi na nwata buru ogaranya 1! Inspiring the next generation with greatness.”

Reacting to the tweets, an X user, JosephOnuorah wrote, "This guy na one of us - Nothing anyone can tell me! Proper naija boy behind the CAF handle 😂 We see you bro 😎"

Klinsdon commented, "Admin where are you from? You speak Yoruba and now Igbo! 😂. This admin must be a Nigerian. You spoke our languages including pidgin English! I twalle for you jor! 🙌"

Aisah Baby added, “Globally recognised. Yoruba too sweet.”

Basking in the euphoria, Otunba GCFRN wrote, “Thank you #CAF_Online. Yoruba to the world!”

Unjoerated Joe also commented, "Igbo to the world."

Nigerian X users are known for their love of local languages and culture, as evidenced by the popularity of social media accounts like Nigerian Dictionary, which promotes Nigerian culture and languages. 

The move by CAF to tweet in local languages is a positive step towards inclusivity and recognition of Nigeria's diverse linguistic landscape.

Credit: X| CAF_Online | via Punch
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