The Igbo tribe of Eastern Nigeria is one of the three leading ethnic groups in Nigeria. There are so many good and amazing things about them but like it is in many situations negative perception usually overshadow the good ones.
This is the same with the Igbos. Nigerians have this perception about the Igbos which are usually false and have been over flogged. Jumia Travel shares some of these stereotypes which many Nigerians are tired of hearing.
1. Igbos Love Money
The love of money cannot be restricted to the Igbos alone. Hausa, Yorubas and the individuals belonging to the other over 200 ethnic groups in Nigeria love money. As far as any Nigerian earns their monies legally, there is no problem.
2. Igbos prefer to do business rather than going to school
Give to the Igbos, they are one of the most industrious and hardworking people in this country. Some persons have gone as far as saying that they are the ones who will help revamp the Nigerian economy via their Abba made goods. Despite this, not all Igbos prefer to do business. They have personalities like Chinua Achebe and Chief Alex Ekwueme who are well educated and known all over the world even though they are into business.
3. Marrying an Igbo woman is expensive
This may be slightly true because some Nigerians have complained about the demands of Igbo parents for wedding their daughters. Regardless, weddings in some other tribes too are very expensive. In fact, weddings are quite expensive in Nigeria and this cut across all tribes. So, before you date or marry an Igbo girl or others with expensive lists, there are some things you should know so that you won’t complain when the bills start coming. Nigerians in general love to party and they do not mind borrowing money to celebrate a talk-of-the-town wedding and lodge in one of the best hotels in Lagos after the wedding.
4. Igbos don’t have respect
Yorubas have been tagged the allegedly most respectful tribe in Nigeria. Hence, oftentimes, many Yorubas brand Igbos as disrespectful. However, this is not entirely true. We have people of other tribes more disrespectful than some Igbos. And the fact is, anyone can be disrespectful. So, it is unfair to single out the Igbos as disrespectful. Nigerians have heard this so many times and it has become a cliche.
5. All Igbo girls are light skinned
Yes, many Igbo girls are fair in complexion. But you cannot generalize and just conclude that all of them are light in complexion. There are also many dark-skinned Igbo girls around.