Why Can’t Igbos And Yorubas Get Along? The Tribal War!! Read It Here

Whatever the Igbo achieve, the Yoruba have an
answer to it, and whatever the Yoruba achieve
the Igbo have a response.

So, if you have a Wole Soyinka from the South-West winning the first Nobel Prize for Literature in Africa, you have a Chinua Achebe from the South-Eastholding the record of the most popular and most-selling literary writer in Africa. If you have a Rangers International Football Club of Enugu shaking the Nigerian football scene in the 1970s and early
80s, you have the Shooting Stars Football Club
of Ibadan shining brightly at the same period. If
Rashidi Yekini is noted for scoring Nigeria’s first
World Cup goal and being Nigeria’s all-time
highest goal scorer, then Nwankwo Kanu boasts
being Nigeria’s most decorated footballer, while
Austin Jay-Jay Okocha flaunts his status as
Nigeria’s most glamorous and mesmerising
footballer. If Genevieve Nnaji boasts of being
named by Oprah Winfrey in 2009 among the
most popular people in the world, Omotola
Ekeinde will show off her name in TIME
magazine’s most influential people of 2013. If P-
Square and Flavour think they rock the music
scene, D’Banj and Davido smash the charts.
So, in all areas of life, the Igbo and the Yoruba
are competing, and in the process boosting the
nation’s economy and bringing glory to the
Yet, some inferiority-complex-afflicted people
who feel threatened within each of the ethnic
groups look for every excuse to spread hate
among the two peoples. My close study of the
Igbo and the Yoruba makes me see them as the
Germans and the French of Nigeria respectively.
Even the Igbo language is like the German
language in many respects. In German and Igbo,
there are no silent words. Excluding a few words
in Germans which are sounded differently from
the way the English sound theirs (like “j” which
is pronounced like “y,” “w” which is pronounced
as “v,” etc), whatever you say in both languages
is what you write. For example, the “g” is always
pronounced /g/ in Igbo and German and
never as “j.” “Danke” and “obante” are
pronounced as written.
But in French and Yoruba, what you say may be
different from how you write it. Some letters are
either silent or semi-silent. For example, the
Yoruba and the French would pronounce “san”
as if it were “saw,” or “son,” but the Igbo and
Germans would pronounce it /san/: exactly the
way it is spelt. Also, the “h” is usually silent or
glossed over in French and Yoruba: Hospital or
Kehinde. The Igbo and the German are bullish
technology-minded. They have fought and lost
wars but staged successful comebacks in a
short time. Conversely, the Yoruba and the
French are subtle and supercilious, with good
administrative skills, regaling in their years of
history and culture. A country that has such two
success-driven ethnic groups should be at a
great advantage. The Yoruba have been great
hosts to the Igbo; and the Igbo have reciprocated
by contributing immensely to the building of
Yoruba land, especially Lagos State, including
buying swamps at a high price and turning such
places to residential or commercial estates. The
sleepiness of Lagos during the Christmas-New
Year period, when the Igbo usually travel home
en masse, bears testimony to their contribution
to making Lagos lively.
Just like the French always wish they could cut
the Germans to size, so do the Yoruba to the
Igbo, but it will never work. And just as the
Germans always try to flaunt their success at the
French, so do the Igbo do to the Yoruba, but it is
completely pointless. The Yoruba can never be
like the Igbo, and the Igbo can never be like the
Yoruba. There is nothing the Yoruba can do to
suppress the Igbo neither is there anything the
Igbo can do to suppress the Yoruba. Both of
them can actually succeed without the other, but
working closely together will be very beneficial
to each of them as well as the nation. The
younger generations are forging greater ties,
despite the baggage of enmity the older
generations handed over to them. Working
together, attending church together and living
together seem to have increased the rate of
marriage between the two people. Most Sundays
when I look at the church bulletin, I see
increasing higher number of banns of marriage
between Yoruba and Igbo people. These days, it
is common to see women whose names are
Temilade Amadi or Ngozi Adesanya because of
marriage. The ethnic barriers are being broken,
even though ethnic jingoists continue to spread
hate. Such hate speech and thoughts need to be
stopped, for ethnic bloodshed or xenophobia
does not burst out in one day.
Since the older generations are passing away
without bringing these two great ethnic groups
together, the onus is on those born after the Civil
War to consciously take steps to bring the two
ethnic groups together for their own good and
for the good of the nation. It is high time this
Tom and Jerry relationship between the two
ethnic groups ended, for the good of both and
the nation at large


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