Genevieve Nnaji wrote…
“Ndi Yoruba na Igbo-Phobia”
The Igbos have never been the problem with Nigeria or
wherever they find themselves.
This is not ethnic jingoism or
The Igbos will never foment troubles where they are
because they know that “Isi Kote Ebu, Ogbaa Ya” They also
know deep in their hearts that “Ife Onye Metalu, Obulu.”
The Igbos will never kill others to live because they believe
that “Ndu bu Isi” Yes, murder or “Igbu Ochu” is one of the most
despicable crimes amongst the Igbos.
The Igbos believe that
once you are alive, there is always a way left to succeed.
“Igba Mbo” is perhaps the best gift of the Igboman.
Yes, the Igbos struggle to make it in life.
They are industrious,
assiduous & sedulous.
The Igbos also believe in helping one
another. That’s why you hear “Onye Aghana Nwanne Ya.”
There is also no lateness in making it in life amongst the Igbos
because “Ebe Onye Oso Ruru, Onye Ije Geru” and Uwa Mgbede
Ka Mma” Igbo businessmen are scattered all over the world.
Wherever they are, they make their homes, building houses &
For most lgbos, “Ala bu Otu.” Igbos are
liberal, accommodating & very friendly to foreigners.
because they are themselves scattered all over the world as
Na Lagos, Ndi Igbo n’agba oso ahia, Igbo n’ere gala na go
slow, Igbo n’aru conductor, umu Igbo bu importers buru
manufacturers, Igbo no into clearing and forwarding, Igbo n’esi
nri, umunna n’ere motor parts, Igbo n’aru police na oru aka.
Ndi Igbo adiro selective with jobs maka na onye ruo, orie.
But the Igbos will never take your lands or countries from you.
The Igboman thinks about his native home.
Yes, you will never
provide him with “akpu”, bitter leaves soup, palm wine, isi ewu
& other scrumptious dishes he misses at Igboland.
in your country or State, never you imagine the Igbo is not
thinking about his village.
My friend, he does that everyday.
Where ever the Igbos ubicate, their hearts are not far from
their native homes.
Stop killing the Igbos.
They will only make their money & go
back to their land.
And they know how to make legitimate
Yes, where you see nothing, the Igbos with their gimlet
eyes see “Ego.”
So when next you meet an Igboman, ask him “Nna, how far?”
If you are lucky & he had done a successful business deal, he
might just take you out for lunch. Yes, the Igbos like sharing.
On the other hand, if business is low, he will tell you the
normal clichés… “Obodo bu Igwe” or Ife an’eme Adiro Easy” or
“Ogbogu di tight.”
Look at his face closely as he laments.
You will see no signs of defeatism. Mind you, he might just be
carrying 1Million naira in his pockets.
Just that the money had
already been budgeted for… “Sontin…es!!!”