He is best known for speaking the queen's English but the Prince of Wales Wednesday turned to Pidgin when he visited the commercial capital of Nigeria.
"How are you doing? (How are you?), He asked the assembled dignitaries, including former heads of state, presidential candidates, political leaders and world stars of fashion, music and the arts.
Prince Carlos, who turns 70 this month and ends the tour of Gambia, Ghana and Nigeria, said he was delighted to return to "Lasgidi" (Lagos).
"I think it's hard to believe that it's been almost 30 years since I first saw this city," he added in a speech at the residence of the British High Commissioner.
"As they say," God did not slaughter my bread "(God blessed me)," he said, commending the city for its dynamism and energy.
Pidgin is the spoken language of much of Western and Central Africa. Language is a cultural force, boosting everything from Afrobeat music lyrics to movies that are born from Nollywood from Nigeria, now the second largest film industry in the world. Western African pidgin began in the late seventeenth and eighteenth centuries as a simple commercial language between Europeans and Africans.
Lagos – the home of more than 20 million people and promoter of the nation's most populous economy in Africa – is a center of innovation and industry.
Charles, whose trustworthy Prince's charity helped launch races of hundreds of thousands of young entrepreneurs, said that both shared the same spirit of imagination and ingenuity.
"If life shows pepper, make pepper soup," he said, which sometimes translates into "life is what it does."