IDIOSYNCRATIC CHARACTERISTICS OF NIGERIAN THREE MAJOR ETHNIC GROUPS (Pros & Cons)
BY: CHRISPODIAH EMMANUEL
“HAUSA / IGBO / YORUBA”
Personally, i like the Hausa man because he is a free & kind giver, welcoming to strangers and very sincere when it comes to daily business dealings. A hausa man will hardly ever want to cheat you in business.
A hausa man is also a contended person, he can have a very low class and poor job, but he would be very contended with it and will thank God. Also, once a hausa man has liked you, he will almost show u love to the end, only one thing can turn that love to hatred overnight and that thing is TOUCHING HIS RELIGION.
That is the bad side of the hausa man. A hausa man can do absolutely anything if you touch his religion, no matter how wicked, or heartless it may be. The hausa man is easily brainwashed by religion, once you touch his (religion), he can completely loose his senses.
Also, the hausa man is the greatest discriminator (especially in the aspect of religion). This is why you see that hausas have derogatory names for different people, the way they view them from their religious point of views. hausa man when it comes to land. He will come and settle on your land, you will welcome him and afterwards when he and his people & children have populated the place, they forget or deny everything and turn around to say they are the original ancestral owners of the place.
The good side of the Igbo man is that he is a very hardworking, industrious and progressive person. An Igbo man always believes in sure progress (i must succeed) and leaves no room for failure or laziness.
They are very smart, calculative & enterprising in nature. They bring peace & development to wherever they go.
An igbo man is well exposed and well traveled and interacts well with others. They also have very good looking and beautiful people. They are resilient and hard headed people who always stand after their words and choices and do not waiver here and there. They easily integrate and acculturate with others wherever they are found and show utmost respect to other peoples cultures wherever they go. They don’t believe in oppression of those they are more than. They believe that they should always be the best in everything, and this is where some of their problems come in.
The bad side of the Igbo man is that they always like to be on top when doing anything with you, they want you to play foolish and them wise. Some of them see all other tribes as foolish people or less wise and themselves wiser. They always want to outsmart you.
Also, criminality is another major problem of the igbos. Always in a bid and haste to succeed and their love for money, they can almost do anything at all no matter how wicked it may be to make money, drug dealing, armed robbery, baby factory, 419, production of fake goods e.t.c. Igbos are not also liberal givers, quite stingy & greedy.
The loveable things about yorubas is firstly their very respectful nature. Disrespect towards elders is not tolerated in anyway amongst them. A yoruba can see you and greet you ten times a day bending down. Yorubas are very very peaceful in nature and not troublemakers.
A yoruba man loves to be enlightened and believes so much in education and enlightenment. They are a very neutral people especially when it comes to religion.
Religious sentiment is the last thing you can ever try to use to deceive a Yoruba man. They don’t care who is a Muslim or who is a christian, they believe so much in religious oneness and unity to the end. That is why you can find a Yoruba family with adherents of Islam, Christianity & traditional religion, i have even seen a Yoruba man who claims he is a practitioner of all 3 religions.
Yorubas are very social and fun to be with, hence their crazy love for partying and clubbing.
The bad side of Yorubas is their attitude of tribalism. They so much love their culture and tradition to the end and sometimes take it too far when dealing with others.
The Yoruba man is also just like a chameleon, never stable in behaviour, a hypocrite, you can never predict which colour he will be tomorrow. You can never really trust a Yoruba man because he is a backstabber and betrayer, both of u may agree something here and he will go behind your back to say a different thing. A Yoruba man also has a typical cowardly attitude, anything happens they will be the first to run away despite their plenty talk. They talk too much and do little action. They are very good in insulting and running their mouths.
A yoruba man is also a very big critic. Criticizes everything. They are also very big pretenders, they can see you and fall at your feet worshipping you with their greetings, only if u know what they are doing to you at your back. Yoruba people are also very very dirty people, no doubt.
Lastly they believe so much in diabolical and traditional powers, charms, native doctors (babalawo) and juju medicine, this is why there are so many human parts factories in the land for human rituals.
Anyone that thinks it’s a lie, watch any yoruba movie starting to ending and if you dont see babalawo involved, then know that all i am writing here is untrue trash.
However, in all these cases, there are people who will always have exceptional characters. So it is not applicable to 100% of the people, but however majority.
Any middlebelter who has lived amongst these 3 majority groups can always attest to this, sentiments aside.
Someone from Kogi said, the 3 major Nigerian groups are our 3 major problems in this country. I partly agree with that and at the same time partly disagree because the 3 major Nigerian groups have also been blessings to Nigeria one way or the other in different ways, just that in summary always, they will always have good & bad sides as almost all things have their unique advantages and disadvantages.
One thing I personally love about Nigeria, is our diversity in culture… It’s admirable even from the outside world…
There have been infamous calls for the split of this tribes into independent nations,but I believe our greatness is in our diversity…