How would you feel reading a bible written in pidgin; Weird, excited or surprised? Whichever feeling you derive is acceptable. Taking up a new challenge can sometimes be difficult but it’s rewarding and gives a long term satisfaction. Wouldn’t you rather learn to take up a challenging project just like the Nigerian man who translated the Bible from English to pidgin?
The benefit gotten from taking up new challenges is not just for you alone but also for others who will find the outcome of the challenge interesting and of course spur emotions in them. Some persons, for reasons best known to them shy away from taking up new challenges.
They desire to do something different but cannot because they are probably scared of failing, they fear that if they take up something new, it may not turn out well or they are probably thinking of what people would say and the reactions from their friends.
Salem Egoh, the Nigerian man who translated the Bible from English to pidgin never considered those obstacles. According to him, he never allowed his friends to know the project he was executing because he feared they may discourage him.
He told BBC Pidgin about the inspiration behind the project and its expected benefit to the public.
Salem Egoh, who took three years to complete the translation, said by reading the Pidgin version of the Bible, people would be able to relate and benefit more from it.
“What I want to achieve with the translation is that many of us in Nigeria and Africa don’t understand English very well. So, by translating the Bible to Pidgin, many will be able to read it and once they understand that, the good message inside the Bible will impact their lives positively”, Salem said.
There are times you get tired of the daily routines, these times are the seasons where you decide to take up a new challenge. For this man, he had to keep in pending his other responsibilities as a musician, painter and producer to avoid any form of distractions.
“Normally, I am a musician, painter and producer, but I had to pause all that to focus on the translation and I have no regret doing that. When I started the whole thing, I didn’t really inform people about it because some might doubt you or even say you are not alright by taking up the initiative.”
The fact remains that one can discover new hobby and it comes when you choose to do something new and exciting.
Salem explained that the project initially proved challenging, but now he enjoys the euphoria that comes from the public as a result of the progress made.
“A lot of people love the fact that I translated the Bible to Pidgin because it is our own language. Some were also shocked because they didn’t believe one could get the needed diction to translate the Bible from English to Pidgin”, he added.
“Most pastors that have had the opportunity to read the Pidgin Bible are impressed because they now understand it better than other versions such as King James and others.”
The Pidgin Bible contains the entire translations of the new testament as well as Psalms and Proverbs from the old testament.
Africa has various versions of Pidgin English. Egoh’s version of the Pidgin is mostly Nigerian from Warri in Delta State.
Now that You have learned from this man, what is that new challenge that you have struggled with and indecisive about starting? You had better get started!