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Why Yoruba Culture Accommodates Success In Outsiders - Farouk Martins Aresa by aljharem(m): 5:22am On Jun 03, 2012
The culture that teaches that a king could become a slave and a slave could become a king in their midst and that the way a child is born is the same way a slave is born put the Yoruba culture up front amongst world cultures, East, West, North and South. In Western Nigeria it is not so much where you come from but how willing to assimilate and be accommodated as one of theirs, never had ethnic roundup. Always survive by their wish for others sometime to a fault.

Western Nigeria is unique with its cultural accommodation and assimilation irrespective of any ethnic group in search of success. Nigeria is not United States and will never be but it is unique in its generosity that may be hard to understand in today’s troubled environment. Like the days of Go West Young Man in USA, most wanted success based on agriculture, some on gold rush, away from polluted and overcrowded environment, as others sought a new way of life.

If Western Nigeria is conducive to success, why are so many Nigerians crossing the desert? We have very driven people on one hand ready to find success or die trying; on the other extreme are people that pray that only God can provide for tomorrow while they worry about today. Between these extremes are Nigerians that are unique in their own way in the pursuit of success inside or outside their base. They may turn into different animals in a foreign country.

The Western part of Nigeria and the surroundings are occupied by the Yoruba and their cousins. What stands out is that more Nigerians have been more successful inside this western part of the Country than inside or outside of Africa. Indeed, many Africans got their clean breaks in the West. It could be the water, food or the air they breathe in but the fact has more to do with accommodation of others to strive and prosper to their highest potentials benefiting their host.

Ghana’s role as accommodation for all Black freedom fighters in and outside Africa must also be recognized after their Independence where the Yoruba spread across West Africa played a role in Diaspora in particular and as African culture in general calls for one another brother’s keeper. Upon this African culture, Yoruba built cultural and commercial success through communities that encouraged educated entrepreneurs. It’s not recent Cocoa either, for their earlier success.

Many historians have credited Lagos at the seaport as the commercial junction even before the Country became Independent or made Lagos its capital. Lagos was not the only place made the capital of Nigeria. Looking deeper into the origin of the accommodation enjoyed by those that came from far and wide, point to a cultural history of people. Before the Yoruba fought fiercely within during slavery, they were united by culture and religion of Ife spread across West Africa.

However, Ibadan not Lagos was the most accommodating place in Western Nigeria contrary to the general belief shared in the Country. Indeed, it was the political melting pot where outsider could be crowned their leader out of accommodation; but only with Ile-Ife assimilation. It was an unprecedented example worthy of praised, but never enough for political opportunists that would stoop to conquer. No accommodation anywhere else in the world, without assimilation.

Moremi in Yoruba history loved and seduced the Igbo. While many were forced to change their confrontations and assimilated; marauders were expelled. Yoruba and Igbo histories remember Moremi. Yoruba also disguised or changed locations during wars. History teaches us that there were a few Ife locations moving north and south but the original one remain around the area it is today in the rain forest. It is backed by scientific research of spreading out of Africa not into.

Religion and culture of Oduduwa before Christ, children and grandchildren were noted on the Nile as Sun, River and Sky worshippers that would not bow to other religions, even if sent packing. What Nigerians call Yoruba diplomacy, slaves used it as Santeria diplomacy to stick to their culture and religion in captivity. Africans in general, even at the height of Ghana, Mali and Songhai empires play religion with Muslims and Christians but never gave up their own religion as practice today by those who call themselves devoted Christian and Muslims, like Santeria.

Oyo itself as the town, moved north and south. Nupe, Igala, Tapa and Hausa also know Yoruba in their histories. The real question becomes the recognition of other people’s histories in Yoruba culture big enough to rejuvenate by accommodating and assimilating others as long as they are willing to absorb the original culture from Ife in which all Yoruba prosper in terms of ability to get along and live together in peaceful harmony fostering commerce and friendship.

Therefore accommodation of different groups of people did not start in Lagos, it is a Yoruba culture brought into seashore by children of Ogunfuminire father of Eko Omo-Onile, one of the earliest Awori from Ife. Some historians claim that Oduduwa is not from Ife either, that he was accommodated after showing the original settlers the marks or writing all over his body written by his own Oduduwa father so that he could be accepted when his children returned home.

There are very few societies in the world that fully embraced equally-born philosophy as the Yoruba until 18 or 19 century. Not the teaching of the world ancient religions or governments that focus on themselves first. Until lately, women were considered a fraction of a man in the western civilization and slaves were blessed by most world religions to expect freedom only in heaven. While western countries now champion equality, they are Johnny-just-come-lately.

Haiti was one of the first countries after United States in the Americas to gain Independence. So many scholars marvel where they got the idea of freedom from. Oh well, it was speculated that their leaders heard and read about French and American revolutions. But none of the scholars credit the great African civilization they emerged from. These were children of kings, warriors, artists and philosophers that circumstance pushed into slavery yet strive by trying to assimilate. For that, Haiti is still economically drained and punished today.

The Yoruba method of accommodation and assimilation to attract other ethnic groups squarely fall on their skills in traditional medicine, mathematical skill counting into thousands to millions, marks as beauty on women and men bodies where they cannot be easily visible and of course in arts and carvings that others recognize as tattoo, ethnic marks to the distinguished. Those that could neither read nor write saw it as Chinese or musical writings puzzling the uninitiated. Even not all Yoruba can read and write some of the ancient puzzles like Idi sacred book in Ile-Ife.

Many attracted to Ife by rich cultural oral history; writings of the Yoruba of West Africa on objects, human bodies, and carvings that were known far beyond Iwo Eleru where artifacts were dated back to 10,000 BC. So much has been written and said about Herodotus testimony of descriptions of Africans in Egypt with marks especially on their foreheads. Yoruba used it as greetings to recover lost souls everywhere, like recognized Omo Oduduwa on his return home.

However, as frontiers expand and communities seek independence from the cultural center in Ife and the generals in Oyo, inter-communal clashes disturbed the common bond. We still see some of the resentment today since personalities has taken over loyalty to Ife and modernity challenges Ife and Oyo. Every town and community wants their Oba, governor and president. Yoruba will survive these rivers and problems, since they wish for others what they wish for themselves.

Written By Farouk Martins Aresa

http://www.thenigerianvoice.com/nvnews/91592/1/why-yoruba-culture-accommodates-success-in-outside.html

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Re: Why Yoruba Culture Accommodates Success In Outsiders - Farouk Martins Aresa by Nobody: 5:38am On Jun 03, 2012
@OP

The Western part of Nigeria and the surroundings are occupied by the Yoruba and their cousins. What stands out is that more Nigerians have been more successful inside this western part of the Country than inside or outside of Africa. Indeed, many Africans got their clean breaks in the West. It could be the water, food or the air they breathe in but the fact has more to do with accommodation of others to strive and prosper to their highest potentials benefiting their host.

You have opened the market of tribalism. I expect ethnic buyers and sellers to wrangle over this article.
Re: Why Yoruba Culture Accommodates Success In Outsiders - Farouk Martins Aresa by aljharem(m): 5:42am On Jun 03, 2012
bayooooooo: @OP

You have opened the market of tribalism. I expect ethnic buyers and sellers to wrangle over this article.

There is nothing tribalistic there, I believe they are adults.

The truth is bitter but it is the truth smiley

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Re: Why Yoruba Culture Accommodates Success In Outsiders - Farouk Martins Aresa by 9javoice1(m): 6:41am On Jun 03, 2012
while the south west, south east, south south and middle belt accomodates all tribes,races and religions among them.

the core north has made it open and clear that they are yet in stone age,
they wont accomodate you well unless you are in same religion,
they wont trust you unless you are an hausa/fulani/kanuri person.

while other tribe marries and give out in marriage their youths,
core north insists they will marry from you but not other way round.
tell me how do we cop with this people.

anyway now i see the point from gideon okahs speech.
north is a time bomb while south has a great future.
Re: Why Yoruba Culture Accommodates Success In Outsiders - Farouk Martins Aresa by Afam4eva(m): 7:09am On Jun 03, 2012
This is one f those thread that seeks to fan the ember of bigotry.
Re: Why Yoruba Culture Accommodates Success In Outsiders - Farouk Martins Aresa by jara: 5:04pm On Jun 03, 2012
You know, this is sad. We celebrate and support Igbo writers glorifying their tradition and culture. We encourage Hausa writers educating us about their history. But when it comes to Yoruba writers with documented and verified backing, it is bigotry. Go to where most of the Igbo and Hausa writers speak, majority of the audience are Yoruba supporting Nigerians.

But if Soyinka got a Nobel Price, it should have been Chinua Achebe. Even Yoruba quote Achebe without any reservations.Pity!

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Re: Why Yoruba Culture Accommodates Success In Outsiders - Farouk Martins Aresa by aljharem(m): 5:39pm On Jun 03, 2012
jara: You know, this is sad. We celebrate and support Igbo writers glorifying their tradition and culture. We encourage Hausa writers educating us about their history. But when it comes to Yoruba writers with documented and verified backing, it is bigotry. Go to where most of the Igbo and Hausa writers speak, majority of the audience are Yoruba supporting Nigerians.

But if Soyinka got a Nobel Price, it should have been Chinua Achebe. Even Yoruba quote Achebe without any reservations.Pity!

I thought I was the only one that noticed

infact one of them is a poster above you
Re: Why Yoruba Culture Accommodates Success In Outsiders - Farouk Martins Aresa by Gbawe: 7:02pm On Jun 03, 2012
Interesting read with a good perspective overall. I identify with this article because I was always brought up to be comfortable with the success of others. "Je ki a ba won yo. Olorun a pese ti wa" (Let us celebrate with them. God will provide our own) was always my mother's prayer when she acknowledged and rejoiced the success of others. It was a philosophy I would later come to understand fully well in adulthood. A man is likely to be successful, happy and fulfilled when he prays for and is entirely comfortable with the success of others.
Re: Why Yoruba Culture Accommodates Success In Outsiders - Farouk Martins Aresa by jason123: 7:03pm On Jun 03, 2012
Yorubas are the most accommodating. It is a known fact in Nigeria. Just as Igbos are hardworking, Itsekiris are the richest small group etc. Why don't we all just say it as it is?!
Re: Why Yoruba Culture Accommodates Success In Outsiders - Farouk Martins Aresa by jason123: 7:04pm On Jun 03, 2012
If they were not, Lagos, Ogun and Ibadan would have turned to war zones!
Re: Why Yoruba Culture Accommodates Success In Outsiders - Farouk Martins Aresa by Beaf: 7:30pm On Jun 03, 2012
Is there any reason why a thread like this is in the politics section?
I am quite sure the OP realises that a culture section exists.
Re: Why Yoruba Culture Accommodates Success In Outsiders - Farouk Martins Aresa by ikeyman00(m): 7:51pm On Jun 03, 2012
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What stands out is that more Nigerians have been more successful inside this western part of the Country than inside or outside of Africa

laughable

yes u are right but u must always see things the way they are and not the way u want us to believe biko Yoruba trait

give us airport; they say no

give us river niger 2nd river they say no

wetin una dey fear self

like i ikeyman says all the time one of the wahala with the yaribas is the keen in atributing accolade when there isnt any

so writer take some amendment plz

sucessful in Lagos [/b]or the writer mean in [b]Ekiti villa

sucessful in sw indeed!!

so once again [b]alj boko harem [/b]could u stay away from drugs plz
Re: Why Yoruba Culture Accommodates Success In Outsiders - Farouk Martins Aresa by Nobody: 8:50pm On Jun 03, 2012
jason123: Yorubas are the most accommodating. It is a known fact in Nigeria. Just as Igbos are hardworking, Itsekiris are the richest small group etc. Why don't we all just say it as it is?!
@ jason,as the poster above me rightly pointed out,you definately have severe inferiority complex.if u are itsekiri as uv sometimes claimed,why dont you just kill yourself in protest to god for not allowing you come into this world as a yoruba?
Re: Why Yoruba Culture Accommodates Success In Outsiders - Farouk Martins Aresa by Nobody: 10:51pm On Jun 03, 2012
jason123: If they were not, Lagos, Ogun and Ibadan would have turned to war zones!

What about PH with different ethnics? Why isn't it a war zone yet? Not disputing your point of yorubas being accommodating, but I think you exaggerated a little.

Anyway, you are still Alh. Harem, so it's no use reacting to your posts, but I'll let this slide.
Re: Why Yoruba Culture Accommodates Success In Outsiders - Farouk Martins Aresa by isalegan2: 12:43am On Jun 04, 2012
alj harem: The culture that teaches that a king could become a slave and a slave could become a king in their midst and that the way a child is born is the same way a slave is born put the Yoruba culture up front amongst world cultures. . .

http://www.thenigerianvoice.com/nvnews/91592/1/why-yoruba-culture-accommodates-success-in-outside.html

B'a se b'eru l'a b'omo. Great saying. Always remembered that.

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Re: Why Yoruba Culture Accommodates Success In Outsiders - Farouk Martins Aresa by anonymous6(f): 12:32pm On Jun 04, 2012
alj harem: The culture that teaches that a king could become a slave and a slave could become a king in their midst and that the way a child is born is the same way a slave is born put the Yoruba culture up front amongst world cultures, East, West, North and South. In Western Nigeria it is not so much where you come from but how willing to assimilate and be accommodated as one of theirs, never had ethnic roundup. Always survive by their wish for others sometime to a fault.

Western Nigeria is unique with its cultural accommodation and assimilation irrespective of any ethnic group in search of success. Nigeria is not United States and will never be but it is unique in its generosity that may be hard to understand in today’s troubled environment. Like the days of Go West Young Man in USA, most wanted success based on agriculture, some on gold rush, away from polluted and overcrowded environment, as others sought a new way of life.

If Western Nigeria is conducive to success, why are so many Nigerians crossing the desert? We have very driven people on one hand ready to find success or die trying; on the other extreme are people that pray that only God can provide for tomorrow while they worry about today. Between these extremes are Nigerians that are unique in their own way in the pursuit of success inside or outside their base. They may turn into different animals in a foreign country.

The Western part of Nigeria and the surroundings are occupied by the Yoruba and their cousins. What stands out is that more Nigerians have been more successful inside this western part of the Country than inside or outside of Africa. Indeed, many Africans got their clean breaks in the West. It could be the water, food or the air they breathe in but the fact has more to do with accommodation of others to strive and prosper to their highest potentials benefiting their host.

Ghana’s role as accommodation for all Black freedom fighters in and outside Africa must also be recognized after their Independence where the Yoruba spread across West Africa played a role in Diaspora in particular and as African culture in general calls for one another brother’s keeper. Upon this African culture, Yoruba built cultural and commercial success through communities that encouraged educated entrepreneurs. It’s not recent Cocoa either, for their earlier success.

Many historians have credited Lagos at the seaport as the commercial junction even before the Country became Independent or made Lagos its capital. Lagos was not the only place made the capital of Nigeria. Looking deeper into the origin of the accommodation enjoyed by those that came from far and wide, point to a cultural history of people. Before the Yoruba fought fiercely within during slavery, they were united by culture and religion of Ife spread across West Africa.

However, Ibadan not Lagos was the most accommodating place in Western Nigeria contrary to the general belief shared in the Country. Indeed, it was the political melting pot where outsider could be crowned their leader out of accommodation; but only with Ile-Ife assimilation. It was an unprecedented example worthy of praised, but never enough for political opportunists that would stoop to conquer. No accommodation anywhere else in the world, without assimilation.

Moremi in Yoruba history loved and seduced the Igbo. While many were forced to change their confrontations and assimilated; marauders were expelled. Yoruba and Igbo histories remember Moremi. Yoruba also disguised or changed locations during wars. History teaches us that there were a few Ife locations moving north and south but the original one remain around the area it is today in the rain forest. It is backed by scientific research of spreading out of Africa not into.

Religion and culture of Oduduwa before Christ, children and grandchildren were noted on the Nile as Sun, River and Sky worshippers that would not bow to other religions, even if sent packing. What Nigerians call Yoruba diplomacy, slaves used it as Santeria diplomacy to stick to their culture and religion in captivity. Africans in general, even at the height of Ghana, Mali and Songhai empires play religion with Muslims and Christians but never gave up their own religion as practice today by those who call themselves devoted Christian and Muslims, like Santeria.

Oyo itself as the town, moved north and south. Nupe, Igala, Tapa and Hausa also know Yoruba in their histories. The real question becomes the recognition of other people’s histories in Yoruba culture big enough to rejuvenate by accommodating and assimilating others as long as they are willing to absorb the original culture from Ife in which all Yoruba prosper in terms of ability to get along and live together in peaceful harmony fostering commerce and friendship.

Therefore accommodation of different groups of people did not start in Lagos, it is a Yoruba culture brought into seashore by children of Ogunfuminire father of Eko Omo-Onile, one of the earliest Awori from Ife. Some historians claim that Oduduwa is not from Ife either, that he was accommodated after showing the original settlers the marks or writing all over his body written by his own Oduduwa father so that he could be accepted when his children returned home.

There are very few societies in the world that fully embraced equally-born philosophy as the Yoruba until 18 or 19 century. Not the teaching of the world ancient religions or governments that focus on themselves first. Until lately, women were considered a fraction of a man in the western civilization and slaves were blessed by most world religions to expect freedom only in heaven. While western countries now champion equality, they are Johnny-just-come-lately.

Haiti was one of the first countries after United States in the Americas to gain Independence. So many scholars marvel where they got the idea of freedom from. Oh well, it was speculated that their leaders heard and read about French and American revolutions. But none of the scholars credit the great African civilization they emerged from. These were children of kings, warriors, artists and philosophers that circumstance pushed into slavery yet strive by trying to assimilate. For that, Haiti is still economically drained and punished today.

The Yoruba method of accommodation and assimilation to attract other ethnic groups squarely fall on their skills in traditional medicine, mathematical skill counting into thousands to millions, marks as beauty on women and men bodies where they cannot be easily visible and of course in arts and carvings that others recognize as tattoo, ethnic marks to the distinguished. Those that could neither read nor write saw it as Chinese or musical writings puzzling the uninitiated. Even not all Yoruba can read and write some of the ancient puzzles like Idi sacred book in Ile-Ife.

Many attracted to Ife by rich cultural oral history; writings of the Yoruba of West Africa on objects, human bodies, and carvings that were known far beyond Iwo Eleru where artifacts were dated back to 10,000 BC. So much has been written and said about Herodotus testimony of descriptions of Africans in Egypt with marks especially on their foreheads. Yoruba used it as greetings to recover lost souls everywhere, like recognized Omo Oduduwa on his return home.

However, as frontiers expand and communities seek independence from the cultural center in Ife and the generals in Oyo, inter-communal clashes disturbed the common bond. We still see some of the resentment today since personalities has taken over loyalty to Ife and modernity challenges Ife and Oyo. Every town and community wants their Oba, governor and president. Yoruba will survive these rivers and problems, since they wish for others what they wish for themselves.

Written By Farouk Martins Aresa

http://www.thenigerianvoice.com/nvnews/91592/1/why-yoruba-culture-accommodates-success-in-outside.html

Interesting article, explains alot
Re: Why Yoruba Culture Accommodates Success In Outsiders - Farouk Martins Aresa by jason123: 2:23pm On Jun 04, 2012
[b]Mod Odumchi, [/b]why is my comment hidden?! angry
Re: Why Yoruba Culture Accommodates Success In Outsiders - Farouk Martins Aresa by OneNaira6: 7:48pm On Jun 04, 2012
By the way
@ thread

Moremi in Yoruba history loved and seduced the Igbo. While many were forced to change their confrontations and assimilated; marauders were expelled. Yoruba and Igbo histories remember Moremi. Yoruba also disguised or changed locations during wars. History teaches us that there were a few Ife locations moving north and south but the original one remain around the area it is today in the rain forest. It is backed by scientific research of spreading out of Africa not into.

ogini bu ihe ka? Yoruba's biko nu anything una have to write whatever, stop dragging Igbo into. leave us out haba
Re: Why Yoruba Culture Accommodates Success In Outsiders - Farouk Martins Aresa by jara: 11:00pm On Jun 04, 2012
One_Naira:

By the way
@ thread

ogini bu ihe ka? Yoruba's biko nu anything una have to write whatever, stop dragging Igbo into. leave us out haba

Idigbo are our brothers and sisers we get along socially and in business most of the time but never mix in politics. Man cannot live by politics alone.
Re: Why Yoruba Culture Accommodates Success In Outsiders - Farouk Martins Aresa by odumchi: 11:46pm On Jun 04, 2012
jason123: [b]Mod Odumchi, [/b]why is my comment hidden?! angry

It's hidden because it was a retributory comment to an earlier post which is also hidden.
Re: Why Yoruba Culture Accommodates Success In Outsiders - Farouk Martins Aresa by landerz: 11:53pm On Jun 04, 2012
Yes they are !
Re: Why Yoruba Culture Accommodates Success In Outsiders - Farouk Martins Aresa by igboboy1(m): 9:55pm On Jun 07, 2012
jason123: Yorubas are the most accommodating. It is a known fact in Nigeria. Just as Igbos are hardworking, [b]Itsekiris are the richest small group [/b]etc. Why don't we all just say it as it is?!

guy wetin u know about itsekhiri apart from that your father;s father is from there?

Itsekhiris are not the richest (ngwa brint fact to back it?)....What is your basis for such a blatant conclusion sef?
Re: Why Yoruba Culture Accommodates Success In Outsiders - Farouk Martins Aresa by igboboy1(m): 9:57pm On Jun 07, 2012
jara:

Idigbo are our brothers and sisers we get along socially and in business most of the time but never mix in politics. Man cannot live by politics alone.

lol nna men u get am right
Re: Why Yoruba Culture Accommodates Success In Outsiders - Farouk Martins Aresa by Nobody: 6:01pm On Jun 08, 2012
Are there any cultures that dont accommodate success in outsiders?
Re: Why Yoruba Culture Accommodates Success In Outsiders - Farouk Martins Aresa by jara: 1:01am On Jun 09, 2012
mbatuku2: Are there any cultures that dont accommodate success in outsiders?

Rhetorical question. Many will not even give you the chance, not to talk about nurse success as in Yoruba land. They will tell you what you can sell, where you can sell it, will not buy from you and eventually loot your successful biz. Sound familiar?
Re: Why Yoruba Culture Accommodates Success In Outsiders - Farouk Martins Aresa by tpia5: 3:10am On Aug 10, 2012
odumchi:

It's hidden because it was a retributory comment to an earlier post which is also hidden.

explain better, thanks.
Re: Why Yoruba Culture Accommodates Success In Outsiders - Farouk Martins Aresa by tpia5: 3:11am On Aug 10, 2012
@ thread title

going by the high number of non-yoruba mods on a forum supposedly owned by someone with a yoruba name, I'd say the thread is very interesting and the topic is one that needs to be discussed.

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Re: Why Yoruba Culture Accommodates Success In Outsiders - Farouk Martins Aresa by odumchi: 3:30am On Aug 10, 2012
tpia@:


explain better, thanks.

Excuse me?
Re: Why Yoruba Culture Accommodates Success In Outsiders - Farouk Martins Aresa by tpia5: 12:01pm On Aug 10, 2012
Very apt thread title.

Yoruba culture is very favourable to outsiders- nl is a typical example.

You absolutely cant see anything like this in any other forum owned by people with non-yoruba names.

Odumchi et all should feel free to prove me wrong.

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