Life Talk


Nigeria is divided into different tribes, ethnic group etc. we have the Igbos, Yorubas, Hausas, half Yoruba and others. I have come to realised that most other ethnics group do not have unnecessary strive for each like the yorubas and the Igbos, these two tribes often strive to act as if they are competing with themselves at every point of time. I have been around the Yorubas just like I have being around the Igbos, I am Yoruba and I am a proud one for that matter; I meet people who often confused me for an Igbo lady, those period I have to claim being Igbo because I am not interested in any conversation that brings me nothing new but headache so I get into conversation like you look igbo and I’m like ” yes! my mum is igbo but my dad is Yoruba” I am not interested in any unnecessary bullshit talk.
I will be discussing five chronic lies the two tribe often tell themselves; and you know how interesting they can be, trying to proof the facts that are not even true.

1. Yoruba are lazy people.

Really I have met with a lot of Igbo people who believe the yorubas are lasy; how on earth can anyone think the yorubas are lazy, right from ancient day; the Yoruba women are group of females who are highly multi-tasking, they are so hardworking and they can be very serious and damn mean about their jobs. Yoruba women are people who will take care of their kids, go to work; sometimes you will find them driving and feeding their kids at the same time. I will love to argue to the fact that most Yoruba women are not lazy, though some Yoruba ladies are lazy but if we need to consider the higher number of people who are lasy, it is the igbos, definitely not the Yorubas.

2. Igbos are flirty.

While I was growing up; my parent will tell me to stay away from Igbo children and most of my question was answered in one answer that says “I don’t want you to be flirty” I have nothing to say against or about it then. I was just a kid who would rather listen to my parent and obey them. I had much Igbo friends and I had to learn so much from them then I realised they ain’t flirty, they just do not know how to stay cultured like we the Yorubas. A Yoruba parent will train their kid to be timid in doing something while the Igbos will leave their kids to do things their way; the confusion then started when the Igbo kids started having too much influence on Yoruba kids. Igbos are not flirty but they are not as cultured as the Yoruba.

3. Igbo are often rich.

The Igbo are not often rich neither are the Yoruba often poor. Let us be truthful with ourselves, people who work hard will get rich if we follow the normal rule. I don’t believe that one tribe makes money than the other. Everyone has the right to make money when you work hard enough, Igbo often gets rich often because most of their business are wired in getting about eighty percent of profit of their goods and services; hardly will you find an Igbo woman or man who doesn’t make half profit of half of their capitals, while do you think elderly people will advise you to slash a price of any goods from an Igbo into two, yet they still make their profit. If you argue the profit making abilities of the Igbos then you can say they are a bit richer than the Yorubas. But don’t tell me that the Igbos are always richer than the yorubas, Yorubas works hard and make good money not excess profit like the Igbos.

4.Igbos are arrogant.

Well. I will be sincere with this point… the igbos are arrogant people; but this is due to the fact that their culture is different from the Yoruba culture. Yoruba are great set of people with great sense of humility and calmness; before you find fifty humble igbo people you must have seen about a thousand humble Yoruba people. Igbo are always more authoritative, always wanting to control everything and even people around them. They want to take charge of everything. But the only thing I can say here is everyone has their own culture and this culture differentiates us from each other.

5. Igbos are less responsible.

Everyone has the level to which they can be responsible or irresponsible; being Yoruba or being igbo does not make anyone responsible or less responsible. I get offended when I see people acting in an unreasonable way and the next thing a foolish person starts sayig at that moment is ” this Yoruba people sha or this igbo people sha”. When a person chooses to be responsible or not is not based on the fact that a person is Igbo or Yoruba; it is a matter of how educated the person is, because people who know better acts better.
You can also drop any lie you have heard the Igbos or Yorubas say about or against each other.

Written by:
Remind Badmus

Temi Badmus
Temi Badmus
Temi Badmus is a Food scientist and an Art enthusiast. Her desire is to give a listening ear to people and to give an opportunity for everyone to be heard. Has any one told you that you are special? Yes, you are. You were beautifully designed, you are relevant to this generation and very special to me. Connect with me on LinkedIn


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