Tuesday, March 19, 2013

The Yorubas

Hello guys today I am talking about the Yoruba tribe, I am married to a Yoruba man but I will try not to be partial. lol

Anyways I loved the comment, emails and face book messages I got from the last post about the Igbo tribe.. Nice one keep them coming guys cos its very encouraging.

The Yoruba's are known to be scholars. I find it so funny that I will go to a friend's house and see a picture of their grandfather or mother graduating from a university in the UK, in 1914 which was very rear at that time. (If you know what i mean)

Secondly I think they are one tribe that has the highest set of British Nigerians as a lot of them where born in the UK before the law was changed.

I find them also very enterprising as in that the Balogun Alhajas seat down on pots of gold if you know what I mean. They may not know how to speak English, in fact a lot of them just stick to the Yoruba that they know, but the business of making money they understand. Like I said in my last post money doesn't care what language you understand provided you understand it's principles.

I find both their men and women to be very hardworking and enterprising, I like to think that they work hard and party harder.

When I lived in Port Harcourt, my dream in life was to go to school, graduate, do a 9 to 5, marry, have kids, retire at most build one or two houses for retirement benefits and then grow old and finally die... all these changed when I got to Lagos and I saw what a lot of my mates even girls younger than I was working it..hustling... struggling to see their business work and grow. I watched friends start from nothing to something... Lagos put me on my feet. My Yoruba friends put me on my feet. I still had the dreams of marrying and having kids, but the 9 to 5 changed I realised that I loved being my own boss ( in my head if Jumoke could do it then I could). So instead of wanting just one or two houses I would love a lot more, strictly for business purposes.

They are not to particular about having male children... even though you still find some that wont change.

The down sides of the Yoruba's

They are very clueless as to the other tribes in Nigeria. I find it annoying when they refer me and all the other tribes as Igbo... are they for real..don't they know that there is Niger delta, there are states like Rivers State, Cross Rivers state etc...

They can be tribalistic, although I  think a lot of that is changing as you know I am married to a Yoruba guy...(lol I am sure you will say this lady is just rubbing it in...sorry can't help it).

Now I get to their culture I just don't understand why I have to prostrate as a sign of respect. I can show my respect by just being polite... I think they should be open to other people's culture.

This is what I find very amusing: Yoruba's are the most unserious Moslem's I have ever come across. I can never forget the day i went for a Yoruba Muslim's wedding after the Muslim rights and wedding, a pastor suddenly materialized and started praying in GOD the father, GOD the son and GOD the Holy Ghost I was as shocked as can be.

I think I will stop here... please let me know what you think and if there is anything I have missed just feel free to send them in.

P.S. "this is not in anyway intended to insult anybody or tribe.

Do take care and have a lovely day...



  1. I am following the series, I think you're on point. But some people will beg to disagree, LOL...

  2. LOL @ 'unserious Muslims'
    I wont really call them 'unserious'; I'll call them accomodating. When I was living in Lagos, I loved my Muslim neighbours because whenever there was Eid, I knew the food would be coming my way! LOL
    Only thing I will add is that Yorubas know how to PARTY!!!! When they say it is party time, it is PARTY TIME!! Love that

    1. K if you say so. But having a pastor along side and immam is so confusing for me

    2. LOL
      Confused? I love the idea LOL
      If we all believe in one God (whatever we call Him) and that obeying the ten commandments + treating others the way we wish to be treated is the path to being a good person......might I suggest we should all worship together more?
      Stay blessed

    3. I agree with you NIL. I used to look forward to Muslim festivities o. My well fried ram was always dutifully sent.
      That I am tolerant of Muslims today in Nigeria is cause of the tolerance I have seen in non-Hausa Muslims. Fundamentalists should learn a thing or two from them.

      Nice series Ibifiri

    4. I agree with NIL i think confusing muslims is abit too much... Accommodating is definitely the right word. I kinda agree to disagree with some of the points made.... hmmmmm

  3. No insults but most of them are unclean! I won't mind a yoruba husband oh! And then na dem do juju pass.

  4. Interesting observations :D I'm guilty of the tribe-cluelessness *covers face*

  5. Hehehe
    You raised valid points...no objections
    I'm yoruba and I get dt generalizatn of delta, rivers etc as ibo..true
    Bt I know of igbos who discriminate a lot...infact not just one incidents have occured to me whr d lady classified yorubas a s ngbati ngbati ppl and I don't like it
    I mean cmon!!!!at this day and age?
    One thing abt yoruba ppl too dt I notice is dy dnt like each oda...so antagonizing against their fellow brethren esp In market places..and dts y I love dt aspect of igbos and hausas!!!dy can unite!!!dy can stand up fr each oda and in d market. place, dy can even direct u to d oda person selling d same thing as dy re bt if its yoruba, dy will be envying u and even pray they make sales better than u do
    And I also notice dy yab a lot...its nt far frm their lips...nasty insults oo...we need nt go too far sef
    Its my tribe, so I hope I don't step on anybody's toes or sound tribalistic

    1. Lol about the insult it's so true. I heard one lady insult her daughter seriously cos she the bucket she was carrying fell down. The lady was saying in Yoruba that as she has pour the beans which was in the bucket, that she will die, if death doesn't want to come that she prays God will take the girl I am like is she for real?

  6. uhmm, i agree with being 'clueless about other tribes' part.
    Just yesterday someone told me he was from delta state and i was like "its sha still igbo to me"..LOL...but in my defense we were taught only 3: Yoruba, Igbo and Hausa. I should change that.

  7. Yes you should change that.....lol

  8. I couldn't expect that you'll be less partial since your sweetheart and your darling baby are Yorubas, and by God's grace, you too, Yoruba!I'm from Delta though born and bred in Lagos.You can imagine that Yorubas will never pronounce another tribe'sname correctly and they will never agree to learn. I can even diffeentiate the different Yoruba dialects, but for them you must be Igbo if not Hausa or yoruba. At the market,they will pray and bless you when you buy from them, but when you fail to buy, hmm! they will physically sweep your legs out of their shops and advice you to try out the next store.Lol!

  9. OMG Debbie this is so hilarious... i cant stop laughing.

  10. Yoruba's are not unserious muslims. Most believe that at the end we (Christains & Muslims) worship same God but in different ways...
    And as u say, alot of us are educated.. which makes the yoruba muslims, the ones practicing the real muslim religion : Tolerance.
    My own opinion...
    Let's all fight for education and development in the north for the common man, and Nigeria will find Peace.

  11. Loving this Ibifiri.

    Debbie is so on point. 10mins after you've left their stall, they are still cursing and hissing and rolling their eyes like masquerades..lol...If you dont know how to return invectives, carry your 'window shopping' somewhere else.

    Yorubas sure know how to curse and rain insults like no man's business.

  12. Thank you very much for your visit. Your blo g is very interesting and describes a part of the world I know little about.,,, except I'm sorry to say we get so many email scams coming from Nigeria. You've given me a look at the normal everyday people side of your country which is a wonderful thing.

  13. I am sorry Kay for that its so bad. Nigerians are not all bad and they are very interesting when you get to know them.