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Nigeria @60: Heritage Bank Rewards Nigerians For “National Pledge” Pidgin Recitation

As part of plans to commemorate Nigeria’s independence by rejigging the patriotic spirit in the citizens, Heritage Bank Plc came up with an online competition for customers to do video recitations of themselves presenting Nigeria’s “National Pledge” in Pidgin English.

The bank says that the four best videos will be rewarded with total cash prize of N1million as the bank’s staff were not left out in the competition.

The contestants are expected to recite the pledge in all their different units and Experience Centres, doing it in front of the national flag, whilst they wear clothes with touch of green to office for certain period of time.

In a statement explaining the significance of reciting the competition the bank’s Divisional Head, Corporate Communications, Fela Ibidapo said as a bank that places much importance and value on national heritage, “we want to remind Nigerians of their loyalty and commitment to the nation; thereby imbibe the patriotic spirit in citizens that despite the challenges, it has been 60years of dignity and pride as individuals, who together, make up this great country called Nigeria.”

Divisional Head, Corporate Communications, Fela Ibidapo

According to him, ‘‘reciting the National Pledge in pidgin language will help invoke in every individual their national pride of love, devotion and sense of attachment to our fathers’ land and alliance with every citizen who share same sentiment. This attachment could be combination of different feelings relating to the country in terms of socio-cultural, ethnic, political and historical interests.’’

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