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Why Nigerians hate Igbo, by Chinua Achebe by nairalandankrah: 9:01am On Jun 15
Why Nigerians hate Igbo, by Chinua Achebe
Achebe

Nigeria’s foremost novelist Chinua Achebe wrote that Nigerians, especially of the Hausa/Fulani and the Yoruba stocks, do not like his Igbo ethnic group because of the southeast’s cultural advantage

He made this claim in his book, There was a Country, which has generated controversy for his onslaught on the role of Obafemi Awolowo as the federal commissioner of finance during the Nigeria civil war. He accused Awolowo of genocide and imposition of food blockade on Biafra, a claim that has drawn rebuttals and contradictions of emotional intensity from some southwest leaders and commentators.

He observed that the Igbo culture’s emphasis on change, individualism and competitiveness gave his ethnic group an edge over the Hausa/Fulani man who was hindered by a “wary religion” and the Yoruba man who was hampered by” traditional hierarchies.”

He therefore described the Igbo, who are predominantly Catholic, as “fearing no god or man, was “custom-made to grasp the opportunities, such as they were, of the white man’s dispensations. And the Igbo did so with both hands.”

He delved into history with his claim, asserting that the Igbo overcame the earlier Yoruba advantage within two decades earlier in the twentieth century.

“Although the Yoruba had a huge historical and geographical head start, the Igbo wiped out their handicap in one fantastic burst of energy in the twenty years between 1930 and 1950.”

He narrated the earlier advantage of Yoruba as contingent on their location on the coastline, but once the missionaries crossed the Niger, the Igbo took advantage of the opportunity and overtook the Yoruba.

‘The increase was so exponential in such a short time that within three short decades the Igbos had closed the gap and quickly moved ahead as the group with the highest literacy rate, the highest standard of living, and the greatest of citizens with postsecondary education in Nigeria,” he contended

He said Nigerian leadership should have taken advantage of the gbo talent and this failure was partly responsible for the failure of the Nigerian state, explaining further that competitive individualism and the adventurous spirit of the Igbo was a boon Nigerian leaders failed to recognize and harness for modernization

“Nigeria’s pathetic attempt to crush these idiosyncrasies rather than celebrate them is one of the fundamental reasons the country has not developed as it should and has emerged as a laughingstock,” he claimed.

He noted that the ousting of prominent Igbos from top offices was a ploy to achieve a simple and crude goal. He said what the Nigerians wanted was to “get the achievers out and replace them with less qualified individuals from the desired ethnic background so as to gain access to the resources of the state.”

Achebe, however, saved some criticisms for his kinsmen. He criticised them for what he described as “hubris, overweening pride and thoughtlessness, which invite envy and hatred or even worse that can obsess the mind with material success and dispose it to all kinds of crude showiness

He added that “contemporary Igbo behavior(that) cab offend by its noisy exhibitionism and disregard for humility and quietness.

https://thenationonlineng.net/why-nigerians-hate-igbo-by-chinua-achebe/

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Re: Why Nigerians hate Igbo, by Chinua Achebe by babyfaceafrica: 9:03am On Jun 15
'' Nigerians'' hate igbos? Where did the statistics come from? I think it's overstretch, igbos are one of the most travelled tribe, with business all over the country, anybody who hates an igbo person doesn't hate the tribe but the individual. If you are resourceful and humble, no one will look down on you. I think the problem most people have with some igbos is their loudness and domineering nature.

As long as you mind your business and respect other tribes culture and traditions, you will be fine. Nigerians are generally nice people, however very sentimental especially with religion and tribe, once we do away with this two, things would be fine. Progressive nations aren't religious or tribal, they are based on capacity, once Nigeria starts operating based on merits things will be fine.

Secession won't solve all the issues, as minorities in middle belt and SS would have serious issues. Everyone needs to come to the round table for this nation to move forward. 2023 is here, but I doubt if much will change

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Re: Why Nigerians hate Igbo, by Chinua Achebe by Coldshisha: 9:06am On Jun 15
cool



A logical and sensible human would ask the so called Nigerians that hate him for their reasons

A dull chestbeater would first assume someone hates him, then go on to talk less of others and their culture just to praise himself and accuse everyone else but himself

I was interacting with a 12 year old chap, when he spoke of his displeasure of Ibos, and I was very curious to know why from his single decade in life experience, then he went on to explain his experiences buying things from ibos, from ordinary phone charger to many more dubious trades that ended up getting him in problem




.

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Re: Why Nigerians hate Igbo, by Chinua Achebe by nairalandankrah: 9:06am On Jun 15
babyfaceafrica:
'' Nigerians'' hate igbos? Where did the statistics come from?

From Buharis mouth

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Re: Why Nigerians hate Igbo, by Chinua Achebe by Belial06: 9:15am On Jun 15
Another pointless useless thread

This forum is dying slowly

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Re: Why Nigerians hate Igbo, by Chinua Achebe by babyfaceafrica: 9:17am On Jun 15
nairalandankrah:


From Buharis mouth
does buhari equals Nigeria?
Re: Why Nigerians hate Igbo, by Chinua Achebe by Nobody: 9:17am On Jun 15
Belial06:
Another pointless useless thread

This forum is dying slowly

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Re: Why Nigerians hate Igbo, by Chinua Achebe by nlreserve: 9:18am On Jun 15
Coldshisha:
cool



A logical and sensible human would ask the so called Nigerians that hate him for their reasons

A dull chestbeater would first assume someone hates him, then go on to talk less of others and their culture just to praise himself and accuse everyone else but himself

I was interacting with a 12 year old chap, when he spoke of his displeasure of Ibos, and I was very curious to know why from his single decade in life experience, then he went on to explain his experiences buying things from ibos, from ordinary phone charger to many more dubious trades that ended up getting him in problem




.

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Re: Why Nigerians hate Igbo, by Chinua Achebe by Coldshisha: 9:20am On Jun 15

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Re: Why Nigerians hate Igbo, by Chinua Achebe by stupidmod3: 9:22am On Jun 15
says who?

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Re: Why Nigerians hate Igbo, by Chinua Achebe by valentineuwakwe(m): 9:28am On Jun 15
Nigerians know this is true but fail to acknowledge this...instead they will say fulani is being hated!

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Re: Why Nigerians hate Igbo, by Chinua Achebe by Warripikine: 9:42am On Jun 15
Hatred for Igbos runs deep in the @Elrufai family as well and if Nasir El-Rufai ever becomes President, what the Igbo are suffering under General @MBuhari will be child's play. Under Buhari, at least it is 97% versus 5%. Under an El-Rufai, it will be 100% versus 0%!

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Re: Why Nigerians hate Igbo, by Chinua Achebe by nairalandankrah: 9:51am On Jun 15
babyfaceafrica:
does buhari equals Nigeria?
Glad you now agree that it is one man one vote..
Same way it will be during a referendum..
Wike, south east governors and other "we the south south crew" have only one vote..
God bless you!

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Re: Why Nigerians hate Igbo, by Chinua Achebe by esnbrutality: 9:53am On Jun 15
Check out this ABACHA quote.....It must pain you wella...

[quote author=Coldshisha post=102741125][/quote]

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Re: Why Nigerians hate Igbo, by Chinua Achebe by Ekpeitit(m): 9:54am On Jun 15
nairalandankrah:
Why Nigerians hate Igbo, by Chinua Achebe
Achebe

Nigeria’s foremost novelist Chinua Achebe wrote that Nigerians, especially of the Hausa/Fulani and the Yoruba stocks, do not like his Igbo ethnic group because of the southeast’s cultural advantage

He made this claim in his book, There was a Country, which has generated controversy for his onslaught on the role of Obafemi Awolowo as the federal commissioner of finance during the Nigeria civil war. He accused Awolowo of genocide and imposition of food blockade on Biafra, a claim that has drawn rebuttals and contradictions of emotional intensity from some southwest leaders and commentators.

He observed that the Igbo culture’s emphasis on change, individualism and competitiveness gave his ethnic group an edge over the Hausa/Fulani man who was hindered by a “wary religion” and the Yoruba man who was hampered by” traditional hierarchies.”

He therefore described the Igbo, who are predominantly Catholic, as “fearing no god or man, was “custom-made to grasp the opportunities, such as they were, of the white man’s dispensations. And the Igbo did so with both hands.”

He delved into history with his claim, asserting that the Igbo overcame the earlier Yoruba advantage within two decades earlier in the twentieth century.

“Although the Yoruba had a huge historical and geographical head start, the Igbo wiped out their handicap in one fantastic burst of energy in the twenty years between 1930 and 1950.”

He narrated the earlier advantage of Yoruba as contingent on their location on the coastline, but once the missionaries crossed the Niger, the Igbo took advantage of the opportunity and overtook the Yoruba.

‘The increase was so exponential in such a short time that within three short decades the Igbos had closed the gap and quickly moved ahead as the group with the highest literacy rate, the highest standard of living, and the greatest of citizens with postsecondary education in Nigeria,” he contended

He said Nigerian leadership should have taken advantage of the gbo talent and this failure was partly responsible for the failure of the Nigerian state, explaining further that competitive individualism and the adventurous spirit of the Igbo was a boon Nigerian leaders failed to recognize and harness for modernization

“Nigeria’s pathetic attempt to crush these idiosyncrasies rather than celebrate them is one of the fundamental reasons the country has not developed as it should and has emerged as a laughingstock,” he claimed.

He noted that the ousting of prominent Igbos from top offices was a ploy to achieve a simple and crude goal. He said what the Nigerians wanted was to “get the achievers out and replace them with less qualified individuals from the desired ethnic background so as to gain access to the resources of the state.”

Achebe, however, saved some criticisms for his kinsmen. He criticised them for what he described as “hubris, overweening pride and thoughtlessness, which invite envy and hatred or even worse that can obsess the mind with material success and dispose it to all kinds of crude showiness

He added that “contemporary Igbo behavior(that) cab offend by its noisy exhibitionism and disregard for humility and quietness.

https://thenationonlineng.net/why-nigerians-hate-igbo-by-chinua-achebe/
Re: Why Nigerians hate Igbo, by Chinua Achebe by Ekpeitit(m): 9:55am On Jun 15
Everyone hates Biafrans because they're all thieves.

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Re: Why Nigerians hate Igbo, by Chinua Achebe by mrvitalis(m): 10:00am On Jun 15
Ekpeitit:
Everyone hates Biafrans because they're all thieves.
This one claim to be an akwa ibomite too lmao

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Re: Why Nigerians hate Igbo, by Chinua Achebe by Jman24(m): 10:03am On Jun 15
Ekpeitit:
Everyone hates Biafrans because they're all thieves.

And yet they still harbour the thief to continue stealing saying they have no where to go. Who does that?









#Africans grin

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Re: Why Nigerians hate Igbo, by Chinua Achebe by Ekpeitit(m): 10:08am On Jun 15
mrvitalis:

This one claim to be an akwa ibomite too lmao

Re: Why Nigerians hate Igbo, by Chinua Achebe by Ekpeitit(m): 10:09am On Jun 15
Akwa Ibom is Igbo abi?
Re: Why Nigerians hate Igbo, by Chinua Achebe by vanunu: 10:10am On Jun 15
babyfaceafrica:
'' Nigerians'' hate igbos? Where did the statistics come from? I think it's overstretch, igbos are one of the most travelled tribe, with business all over the country, anybody who hates an igbo person doesn't hate the tribe but the individual. If you are resourceful and humble, no one will look down on you. I think the problem most people have with some igbos is their loudness and domineering nature.

As long as you mind your business and respect other tribes culture and traditions, you will be fine. Nigerians are generally nice people, however very sentimental especially with religion and tribe, once we do away with this two, things would be fine. Progressive nations aren't religious or tribal, they are based on capacity, once Nigeria starts operating based on merits things will be fine.

Secession won't solve all the issues, as minorities in middle belt and SS would have serious issues. Everyone needs to come to the round table for this nation to move forward. 2023 is here, but I doubt if much will change


With all these killings every day, and you are saying Nigerians are nice people.

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Re: Why Nigerians hate Igbo, by Chinua Achebe by mrvitalis(m): 10:13am On Jun 15
Truth is achebe tried to simplify the problem

Truth is Nigeria is a complex mix of capitalist and socialist with few Communist

Unfortunately socialist are more and capitalist are few less than 40% but we are forced to practice capitalism because of American

Socialist see capitalist igbos as aggressive , rude , domineering ...that's all they complain about the igbos ...they hate igbos but don't honestly know why but the hatred is deep ...but they still do business with the igbo man even with the hate ...reason why British said igbos are victims of their own success

Yoruba are in a unique situation because they are 50;50 that's why there are yorubas that get well with igbos the capitalist the ones that are not really into politics except for few like makinde , obasanjo n the rest .... tinubu n most Yoruba Muslims are socialist reason they hate igbos

Fulanis are extremely socialist in nature reason I was suppressed igbos loved yaradua ....Benin and ijaws are socialist reason they like igbos the least ..esans , idoma , anionmas , ishekiri , akwa cross are mostly capitalist reason they roll well with igbos

Ikwerres , ekpeye n owerri are the few socialist igbos ...the other two deny being igbos but owerri can't really

Honestly it's a complex mix

For a socialist capitalist scatter the order of things , they are rude , they challenge Norm ( socialist call this domineering ) , they are loud etc ...

For capitalist socialist are lazy , not smart , holding capitalist back , dull , etc

Untill we understand each other we can't solve this conflict

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Re: Why Nigerians hate Igbo, by Chinua Achebe by mrvitalis(m): 10:14am On Jun 15
[quote author=Ekpeitit post=102742591][/quote]
No akwa cross person would talk to igbo in that light no one

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Re: Why Nigerians hate Igbo, by Chinua Achebe by WesternOligarch: 10:31am On Jun 15
Achebe just like must of his brothers was a runaway coward who died abroad living as a vegetable. The father of revisionist history and lies, he couldn't hide his hatred towards the Yoruba's and our greatness. The dullard failed to understand that chestbeating and blowing hot air and not substance will only give you more enemies. Today, by what metric is the sub human flatin0 race ahead of the yorubas.

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Re: Why Nigerians hate Igbo, by Chinua Achebe by Ekpeitit(m): 10:40am On Jun 15
mrvitalis:

No akwa cross person would talk to igbo in that light no one

Re: Why Nigerians hate Igbo, by Chinua Achebe by Ekpeitit(m): 10:42am On Jun 15
Akwa Ibom will join Biafra abi?
Become we love Biafra people very much abi?
Enyi,you have no sense.
Go back to your spare parts shop.
Re: Why Nigerians hate Igbo, by Chinua Achebe by nairalandankrah: 11:03am On Jun 15
babyfaceafrica:
'' Nigerians'' hate igbos? Where did the statistics come from? I think it's overstretch, igbos are one of the most travelled tribe, with business all over the country, anybody who hates an igbo person doesn't hate the tribe but the individual. If you are resourceful and humble, no one will look down on you. I think the problem most people have with some igbos is their loudness and domineering nature.

As long as you mind your business and respect other tribes culture and traditions, you will be fine. Nigerians are generally nice people, however very sentimental especially with religion and tribe, once we do away with this two, things would be fine. Progressive nations aren't religious or tribal, they are based on capacity, once Nigeria starts operating based on merits things will be fine.

Secession won't solve all the issues, as minorities in middle belt and SS would have serious issues. Everyone needs to come to the round table for this nation to move forward. 2023 is here, but I doubt if much will change
Igbos aren't domineering for sake of it, they hate failure,! They rejected General Buhari because he is a complete failure, not because he is a Northerner. Yar'adua was a Northerner from the same state as Buhari, yet Igbos gave him 90% of their votes. It betrays your lack of intelligence for you to accuse people who build houses and businesses outside Igbo land of being domineering
Re: Why Nigerians hate Igbo, by Chinua Achebe by OutOfContext: 11:27am On Jun 15
Lolz... cheesy

All tribes in this world hate Igbos they always say grin

He even claimed they have the highest stardard of living from his anus statistic grin

Kai!!!! E don tey wey dis confused Ipob pipu don de dish out dier fruad statistics cheesy he their so called father of literature is not left out, no wonder he could not win a Nobel prize that gave him and like Wole Soyinka the man he hate and envy cheesy Igbos never measure up to Yorubas in 1000yrs to come grin grin

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Re: Why Nigerians hate Igbo, by Chinua Achebe by owprint: 11:29am On Jun 15
Coldshisha:
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A logical and sensible human would ask the so called Nigerians that hate him for their reasons

A dull chestbeater would first assume someone hates him, then go on to talk less of others and their culture just to praise himself and accuse everyone else but himself

I was interacting with a 12 year old chap, when he spoke of his displeasure of Ibos, and I was very curious to know why from his single decade in life experience, then he went on to explain his experiences buying things from ibos, from ordinary phone charger to many more dubious trades that ended up getting him in problem




.

First of all, go and learn the spelling of "Igbo"
It's Igbo, not Ibo
Re: Why Nigerians hate Igbo, by Chinua Achebe by IgweOfNnewi: 11:34am On Jun 15
The same chinua Achebe that was after wole soyinka because of Nobel laureate price, dark dots are the most irresponsible and hypocritical people the world had ever known.

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Re: Why Nigerians hate Igbo, by Chinua Achebe by Coldshisha: 11:35am On Jun 15
owprint:


First of all, go and learn the spelling of "Igbo"
It's Igbo, not Ibo


Ndi Ibo tongue

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Re: Why Nigerians hate Igbo, by Chinua Achebe by OutOfContext: 11:35am On Jun 15
mrvitalis:
Truth is achebe tried to simplify the problem

Truth is Nigeria is a complex mix of capitalist and socialist with few Communist

Unfortunately socialist are more and capitalist are few less than 40% but we are forced to practice capitalism because of American

Socialist see capitalist igbos as aggressive , rude , domineering ...that's all they complain about the igbos ...they hate igbos but don't honestly know why but the hatred is deep ...but they still do business with the igbo man even with the hate ...reason why British said igbos are victims of their own success

Yoruba are in a unique situation because they are 50;50 that's why there are yorubas that get well with igbos the capitalist the ones that are not really into politics except for few like makinde , obasanjo n the rest .... tinubu n most Yoruba Muslims are socialist reason they hate igbos

Fulanis are extremely socialist in nature reason I was suppressed igbos loved yaradua ....Benin and ijaws are socialist reason they like igbos the least ..esans , idoma , anionmas , ishekiri , akwa cross are mostly capitalist reason they roll well with igbos

Ikwerres , ekpeye n owerri are the few socialist igbos ...the other two deny being igbos but owerri can't really

Honestly it's a complex mix

For a socialist capitalist scatter the order of things , they are rude , they challenge Norm ( socialist call this domineering ) , they are loud etc ...

For capitalist socialist are lazy , not smart , holding capitalist back , dull , etc

Untill we understand each other we can't solve this conflict
The fruad Biafravd economist trying hard to cause religioeus division between Yorubas cheesy but you have failed Igbo Jews and Igbo Catholic will never get along grin

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