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In northern Nigeria many people who are not ethnic Hausas speak both Hausa and their own tribal language.
Hausa is the oldest known written language in West Africa, dating back to before 1000 The dominant indigenous languages of the south are Yoruba and Igbo.
However, since the coming of the British and the introduction of mission schools in southern Nigeria, English has become the language common to most people in the area.
The dry, open grasslands of the savanna make cereal farming and herding a way of life for the Hausa and the Fulani.
The wet tropical forests to the south are good for farming fruits and vegetables—main income producers for the Yoruba, Igbo, and others in this area.
It basically uses English words mixed into Yoruban or Igbo grammar structures.
Pidgin originally evolved from the need for British sailors to find a way to communicate with local merchants.