Toke Makinwa kicks against Tribalism, recounts a personal experience

April 7, 2015 10:13 am
What the media personality shared on instagram this morning concerning tribal differences…

‘There is so much to say on this topic, it is heartbreaking
but real. Tribalism has been and is still been practiced today. Lagos
is home for everyone, our generation knows better too. Let’s not let
this come in between us, the OBA’s statement was ignorant but do we
really blame him? We all at some point in our lives have been on the
receiving end of acts of tribalism. Let’s take out the tension and be
real with each-other. Our parents generation practiced tribalism openly
and they were not corrected. In some homes befriending people from other
tribes was frowned on, marrying from another tribe is still being
frowned on today, tribalism even from people of the same tribe is real
too. What we need is to educate and not instigate. I had Igbo friends
growing up, I was the only Yoruba girl in the midst of Igbo girls. Did
they make fun of me? Sometimes but it wasn’t out of malice. We lived, we
loved and we are still very close. I have had a friend’s mum tell me
“haaa omo ondo ni e? Mi o mo ooo, a kin ba ondo sore” meaning – I’m from
Ondo? She didn’t know…. If she had, she won’t let her daughter
befriend me cos they don’t like Ondo people, Ondo and Ijebu don’t mix…
I was shocked. She went ahead and said “You Ondo people are wicked”.

My friend is from  Ijebu ooooo, we are both Yoruba girls and that
statement was made by her mum. We are still friends today and her mum
got over it. Please educate people around you. Vote who you want, vote
your conscience but please stop with the tribalism comments. Our beauty
is in our diversity. It is a distraction, don’t fall for it. Let’s all
live as one.’
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