Top Five Misleading Statements People Make Involving Igbos And Nigeria

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  1. akatalady

    akatalady Senior Member

    The cyberspace is replete with a flurry of unverifiable write ups . As a result of the rise of blogs the focus of writing has shifted from education to profit making, keeping the public to grapple with the menace of misinformation, half truth and fallacies. As they say when lie is repeated it is often taking to be truth. I will explain top 5 wrong impressions people make about Igbos and Nigeria.

    Nigerian population result does not reflect the population of each of her own ethnic group, despite the fact that Igbo and Yoruba appear in census questionnaire in UK. Most online users and organizations are therefore forced to either quote foreign surveys like the CIA handbook or appropriate population figures themselves which see them calling Igbo the third largest tribe. More worrisome is the fact that publications affiliated to government have taken this trend. The Igbo has never fallen to the third place in the days of ethnic count. Whatever is the case, it wrong for the govt. not to allow ethnic groups on census questionnaire and at the same allow wrong impressions to thrive.

    There is this claim made being made online about muslims in Igbo land especially in Afikpo in Ebonyi state. A preacher even stated once that more than 70 percent of afikpo people are muslims. Also there are photos online occasionally creating the impression of conversions to Islam by some unidentified young people. Even Celebrities like Emmanuel emenike once had to refute a rumour about his conversion. All these are of course not true. There is no known celebrity nor public figure from EBONYI state who is a muslim. Igbos travel far and wide. Some are born in muslim heartland in northern Nigeria and even in Dubai and Quatar, yet remain unchanged in religion. If they have a taste for Islam, that is a nice place to begin.

    This one of the most repeated false statements about Igbos recently. Igbos are conservative when it comes to intermarriage. Despite this there has been numerous cases of men from cousin tribes contiguous to Igboland such as Ijaw,Efik/ Ibibio, Isoko etc marrying Igbo women in the past and presently. However, aside Ibibio /Efik where Igbo men occasionally marry from, it is very difficult to see an Igbo man married to woman from another tribe. Conversely, Yoruba men embrace inter tribal marriage for reasons best known to them. In fact most Yoruba men I know would wish to marry outside their tribe. Since millions of Igbos and yorubas meet daily in lagos it not strange to occasionally see marriage between a Yoruba man and an Igbo lady . However this in no way makes marriage between Igbo and Yoruba the biggest in Nigeria. Marriages between the Hausas and Fulanis unarguably constitute the biggest in Nigeria followed arguably by that of Yorubsa and Edos. There is also high rate of intermarriage between Yoruba and Hausa as well as itshekiri and urhobo. Unlike these other cases, Most Yoruba/ Igbo marriages involve Igbo women and Yoruba men and they occur mostly among people in the upper class of Lagos, which makes it not balanced enough to be called inter tribal marriage by my definition. Excessive media exhibitionism often accorded to Igbo/Yoruba marriages creates this false impression.

    This statement is a clear endorsement of ethnicity, quota system and mediocrity. This is because it gives the impression that talent and genius have ethnic tag. Boast about the accomplishment of your ethnic group, you hear a counter argument that everybody is equally endowed irrespective of tribe. Why should we then promote the mentality that a team of talented individuals cannot succeed unless it is scrutinized and ethically ‘balanced’ to enable tribes ‘work together’? Everybody has a right to live out his dream and excel without being forced to leave his region and ‘work together’ with someone from another tribe.


    It takes a height of delusion to make this hasty conclusion. Most physical fights and conflicts that have occurred in the country in the past were not caused by the internet. This is to show that grudges and anger are real. However, since the internet offer the much needed anonymity to people while giving them a platform for expression; it is not difficult to see why Nigerians express their deepest thoughts about each using the platform. Each of these thoughts is important and still guides their actions in the real world.
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