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No US Study Ever Said Igbos Are The Most Brilliant African Race by TeflonBlixx: 8:38pm On Apr 16, 2017
Several Nigerian websites, including the online version of the traditional New Telegraph newspaper, quoted a putative ‘US study’ to have averred that Igbos are the “most brilliant black Africa [sic] race.” As you would expect, this has animated a frenzied debate in Nigerian cyberspace. But let’s get the facts straight. The article from where the notion of Igbo IQ superiority is extrapolated isn’t a study, nor is it American. It is a reflective essay by a Zambian man called Chanda Chisala. The essay, titled “The IQ Gap Is No Longer a Black and White Issue,” was first published on June 25, 2015 in “The Unz Review: An Alternative Media Selection,” an American-based website that bills itself as “A Collection of Interesting, Important, and Controversial Perspectives Largely Excluded from the American Mainstream Media.”

“The Unz Review: An Alternative Media Selection” isn’t an academic journal, nor are essays published in it considered scholarly. Although the essay that caused Nigerian websites to claim that Igbos have been crowned as the most intellectually endowed African race is a synthesis of scholarly and popular articles, it is itself not a systematic scholarly study. It is merely one writer’s perspective. The author of the essay, Chanda Chisala, isn’t an American; he is a Zambian born in the Zambian town of Chingola. He studied Biochemistry at the University of Zambia and graduated in 1997. He is known in Zambia as an intrepid Internet entrepreneur who founded Zambia Online, Zambia’s leading Internet portal. He later relocated to the United States where he has held fellowships at Stanford University, the Hoover Institution, and the National Endowment for Democracy. So headlines attributing Igbos’ unparalleled brilliance to a “US academic study” are factually inaccurate. In the essay, Chisala merely sought to disprove the notion that whites are innately more intelligent than blacks. As most people know, IQ tests in the US consistently show native-born American blacks underperforming their white counterparts, leading some to conclude that racial difference, not income or environment; is the most important causative factor for white intellectual superiority and black intellectual inferiority in IQ tests. Over the last few years, with the increasing migration of black people to the United States from the Caribbean Islands and Africa, many settled certainties about racial disparities in IQ tests are being exploded. African immigrants in the US are high academic achievers. In some cases, they outperform white Americans. For instance, Nigerians are the single most educated demographic group in the United States, although it must be admitted that Nigerians in the United States are both too numerically insignificant (we are a mere 228,000) and too self-selected to be representative of the general population at home. Before Africans began migrating to the United States in fairly large numbers since the 1970s, Caribbean immigrants had excelled, and still excel, in academic pursuits in ways that disrupt notions of racial hierarchy in cognitive endowment. So Chisala’s basic argument is that if race is the only explanatory framework invoked to account for the IQ gap between white Americans and native-born American blacks, then native-born American blacks should be smarter than recent African and Caribbean immigrants since native-born American blacks have more white genes in them than both Caribbean and African immigrants. He also dismissed a controversial 2009 Harvard IQ study that found black African immigrants in the United States to have an average IQ of 89. “They lump together black Africans into one homogenous group when there are different kinds of black Africans, including a good number coming in as refugees from highly troubled countries, while other nationalities consist of the most educated ethnicities in America. [T]he different groups of African immigrants can have very large background differences that reflect in cognitive gaps among them that are even higher than the gap between American blacks and whites…In other words, the mean IQ of African immigrants may be as unrepresentative of black Igbo immigrants as it is of white South African immigrants. It’s a meaningless mean,” he said. The putative average IQ of 89 among African immigrants (it is 83 among black Caribbean immigrants) is lower than the average IQ of native-born American blacks, yet African and Caribbean immigrants, on average, outperform American blacks in academic pursuits and rival, in some cases outrival, whites. Chisala argues, therefore, that the IQ tests aren’t representative of all Africans. “As the UK data below shows, it is very unlikely that children of immigrants from the Igbo or Yoruba groups of Nigeria or the Ashanti group of Ghana, for example, have an average IQ below the white mean IQ,” he wrote. The data he presented to make his case uses Igbo academic achievement in the US and the UK, and that was the basis for the notion that a “US academic study” has pronounced Igbos as the most “brilliant African race.” The article “resurrected” from last year because an Augusta Uwamanzu-Nna, a Nigerian-American high school graduate born of Igbo parents, was recently accepted by all eight Ivy League schools in the United States. Last year, Harold Ekeh, another Nigerian-American born of Igbo parents, was also accepted by all Ivy League schools. However, although Nigerian websites, including the New Telegraph, claim that these brilliant young Nigerian-Americans “have broken a record of being accepted by eight Ivy League schools,” it is actually not true. Every year, a few smart teenagers get accepted to all eight Ivy League schools. In 2014, for instance, a Ghanaian-American teenager by the name of Kwasi Enin was accepted in all 8 Ivy League schools. In 2015, a high school student by the name of Ronald Nelson was accepted by all the Ivy League schools, but he rejected every single one of them and instead went to a state school. This is in no way intended to diminish the praiseworthy achievements of the two brilliant Nigerian Americans. Nor do I want to be understood as denying that Igbos, on average, have a higher intellectual drive than the rest of us. (In my high school in Nigeria we often jokingly questioned the Igboness of any Igbo person who wasn’t among the top three in his class). Nevertheless, no systematic scholarly study anywhere, and certainly not in the US, has proved that Igbos are the most brilliant people in Africa. That study may yet come, but Chanda Chisala’s opinion article is not it.
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Re: No US Study Ever Said Igbos Are The Most Brilliant African Race by TeflonBlixx: 8:45pm On Apr 16, 2017

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Re: No US Study Ever Said Igbos Are The Most Brilliant African Race by falcon01: 8:49pm On Apr 16, 2017
Lol

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Re: No US Study Ever Said Igbos Are The Most Brilliant African Race by agabaI23(m): 8:52pm On Apr 16, 2017
Lol

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Re: No US Study Ever Said Igbos Are The Most Brilliant African Race by bi0nics: 8:57pm On Apr 16, 2017
grin

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Re: No US Study Ever Said Igbos Are The Most Brilliant African Race by Sunnynwa: 9:01pm On Apr 16, 2017

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Re: No US Study Ever Said Igbos Are The Most Brilliant African Race by smallJagaban: 9:03pm On Apr 16, 2017
IGBO AND FRAUD ARE PARALLEL

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Re: No US Study Ever Said Igbos Are The Most Brilliant African Race by Sunnynwa: 9:13pm On Apr 16, 2017
TeflonBlixx:

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Until the bad belle author of that crap article is able to present people from his tribe or from any other Nigerian tribe for that matter who have achieved the feats achieved by the Igbo geniuses attached below, he is displaying symptoms of inferiority.

All men are equal, na for mouth e end otherwise some people won't be needing a cut off mark of 2/200 ie 1% to get into the same school others need to score 139/200 ie 70%.

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Re: No US Study Ever Said Igbos Are The Most Brilliant African Race by bi0nics: 9:17pm On Apr 16, 2017
GodProtectIgbox:
grin


To my ofonjas neighbors .....

Even the constant, reoccurance acceptance of Igbo's in IVY leagues school should sound as facts to u people


Education have changed totally. So am sorry if u guys don't believe it



For now Igbo's IQ is now above una level of understanding

Look at this ode. .

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Re: No US Study Ever Said Igbos Are The Most Brilliant African Race by donmalcolm21(m): 9:18pm On Apr 16, 2017
They tried to tell us the man wasn't born in US but later told uss that the Zambian migrated to the US and is a Fellow of Prestigious Institutions.



They ended up telling us the Man study was right.



Igbos are intelligent and I'm proud of being IGBO




Daily trust can continue dying of envy

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Re: No US Study Ever Said Igbos Are The Most Brilliant African Race by GodProtectIgbox(f): 9:20pm On Apr 16, 2017
bi0nics:


Look at this ode. .

U must not insult me...if I insult u I swear u will cry from now till tomorrow




i dont know y dey are deleting my post



Even the constant, reoccurance acceptance of Igbo's in IVY leagues school should sound as facts to u people


Education have changed totally. So am sorry if u guys don't believe it



For now Igbo's IQ is now above una level of understanding

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Re: No US Study Ever Said Igbos Are The Most Brilliant African Race by UncleJJ(m): 9:21pm On Apr 16, 2017

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Re: No US Study Ever Said Igbos Are The Most Brilliant African Race by GodProtectIgbox(f): 9:28pm On Apr 16, 2017
donmalcolm21:
They tried to tell us the man wasn't born in US but later told uss that the Zambian migrated to the US and is a Fellow of Prestigious Institutions.



They ended up telling us the Man study was right.



Igbos are intelligent and I'm proud of being IGBO




Daily trust can continue dying of envy

grin. Ofonjas tot DAT those news outlets is d same thing as there Lagos/Ibadan propaganda news

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Re: No US Study Ever Said Igbos Are The Most Brilliant African Race by prince985(m): 9:31pm On Apr 16, 2017
remember the Igbo man that was recorded 9th most intelligent in the world??
we Yoruba Muslims didn't find it funny with that news :-D

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Re: No US Study Ever Said Igbos Are The Most Brilliant African Race by GodProtectIgbox(f): 9:34pm On Apr 16, 2017
prince985:
remember the Igbo man that was recorded 9th most intelligent in the world??
we Yoruba Muslims didn't find it funny with that news :-D

Yea because u guys always envy Igbo's even though una never get to our level



U ofonjas dey try but Igbo's are boss

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Re: No US Study Ever Said Igbos Are The Most Brilliant African Race by Mazeltovscotty(m): 9:34pm On Apr 16, 2017
When you give a child lolipop to lick, it will be difficult to collect it back from the child. Hence, the need for my igbo brother to flood this thread like sugar ants. grin

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Re: No US Study Ever Said Igbos Are The Most Brilliant African Race by bi0nics: 9:42pm On Apr 16, 2017
GodProtectIgbox:


U must not insult me...if I insult u I swaer u will cry from now till tomorrow

Scoffs. .

You?? Of all species of human being??

You're not fit.

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Re: No US Study Ever Said Igbos Are The Most Brilliant African Race by ConqueredWest: 9:53pm On Apr 16, 2017
DailyTrust = Hausa Fulani Newspaper

When Biafrans spend money going to school, some spend money killing people because of their cattle

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Re: No US Study Ever Said Igbos Are The Most Brilliant African Race by donmalcolm21(m): 9:53pm On Apr 16, 2017
UncleJJ:


Whatever make you sleep well at night.

Just so you know ... Iranian's are actually the smartest migrants in the US, then the Chinese.
do i care? If a Zambian that migrated to US could conduct a test and said its igbos why should i argue with a Person that lives in Pull him down



You can go tell a Somalian to conduct a test and mention your tribe

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Re: No US Study Ever Said Igbos Are The Most Brilliant African Race by kettykin: 9:54pm On Apr 16, 2017
TeflonBlixx:
Source
https://www.dailytrust.com.ng/news/notes-from-atlanta/no-us-study-ever-said-igbos-are-the-most-brilliant-black-african-race/143684.html

Cc Lalasticlala Mynd44 Seun OAM4J

So recession has demented Nigerians that they now quote daily trust which only Almajiri read and want to use to upturn facts from foreign media.

This is the height of demented retrogressive retardation.

So if igbos are not the most brilliant black race then who then is it

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Re: No US Study Ever Said Igbos Are The Most Brilliant African Race by GodProtectIgbox(f): 10:02pm On Apr 16, 2017
Sealeddeal:
We Afonja Muslims will never agree that Igbos have higher IQ level than ours. We will instead give it to Iran or Somalis

Well is not our fault DAT u Yoruba's don't believe it


U guys can tell Congo to conduct una own

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Re: No US Study Ever Said Igbos Are The Most Brilliant African Race by dukecharles(m): 10:02pm On Apr 16, 2017

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Re: No US Study Ever Said Igbos Are The Most Brilliant African Race by ZZ22: 10:05pm On Apr 16, 2017
OMG see envy. Tufiakwa

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Re: No US Study Ever Said Igbos Are The Most Brilliant African Race by Nobody: 10:08pm On Apr 16, 2017
If Igbos are wise, they will stay off from this thread, and let it die a natural dearth.

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Re: No US Study Ever Said Igbos Are The Most Brilliant African Race by ZZ22: 10:11pm On Apr 16, 2017
UncleJJ:


Whatever make you sleep well at night.

Just so you know ... Iranian's are actually the smartest migrants in the US, then the Chinese.
so how does this your comment relate to the topic? Are Iranian and Chinese people Africans? Why do you hate Igbos

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Re: No US Study Ever Said Igbos Are The Most Brilliant African Race by Nobody: 10:11pm On Apr 16, 2017
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Re: No US Study Ever Said Igbos Are The Most Brilliant African Race by Sunnynwa: 10:13pm On Apr 16, 2017
UncleJJ:


Whatever make you sleep well at night.

Just so you know ... Iranian's are actually the smartest migrants in the US, then the Chinese.

Any evidence to back up this assertion?

There's evidence to suggest that igbos outperform the Chinese in the UK.

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Re: No US Study Ever Said Igbos Are The Most Brilliant African Race by Nobody: 10:15pm On Apr 16, 2017
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