Why no East African Pidgin?

<!–[if !mso]> st1\:*{behavior:url(#ieooui) } <![endif]–> So, Onyinye is another banging P-Square song ain’t it? Even the fake Rick Ross doesn’t manage to ruin it!

Anyway, if you listen to Afro Beats or hang around West Africans from Ghana, Nigeria, etc., you will be familiar with Pidgin English. As I understand it, pidgin it’s a kind of patois, sort of a broken English, or better still, Africanised English.

How come we don’t really have Pidgin English in East Africa? I mean, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Botswana, etc were all lumbered with the same burden of British colonialism. And part of that experience has involved taking on the English language. But for some reason, unless I’m missing something, we didn’t develop a Pidgin English.
There must be a logical reason for this. But I just can’t think of it. Wetin Dey?

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