•Southern Nigeria Sooner than the Nollywood blockbusters and the glitterati, enjoy been the situational comedies of the post-Biafran war Nigeria, which unbeknownst to the Millennials and Gen Z, change into as soon as how their other folks, uncles and aunts stayed entertained abet within the days. The Contemporary Masquerade, belief to be one of Nigeria’s longest running sitcoms that aired on Tuesday nights, from 8: 30pm – 9: 00pm all the arrangement thru the 1980s till the mid-1990s change into as soon as belief to be one of such. It change into as soon as created by the faded actor and scriptwriter, James Iroha who also performed the role of a houseboy known as Giringori Akabogu. Though a comedy, it most often comes with a melodramatic twist meant to instill morals moreover as highlight the relationship between trigger and pause.
In belief to be one of many episodes, Ovularia (Lizzy Evoeme) insisted on punishing her husband, Chief Zebrudaya Okoroigwe Nwogbo (Chika Okpala) for his infraction but within the approach, ended up hurting herself very badly. Zebrudaya in his attribute manner of actually translating Igbo into English language, described his wife’s action as a case of “Oduma-enact-bodi” which is to grunt that in making an try to hurt any individual, she suffered the unintended consequences of her action. I will attain abet to that in a minute bit.
Olayinka Herbert Heelas Macaulay, the grandson of Samuel Ajayi Crowther, change into as soon as born in Lagos on November 14, 1864. Lagos, a colony of the British at the time change into as soon as a segregated city where Europeans occupied the most efficient neighbourhoods and native Africans stayed in assorted locations. The younger Herbert hated the colonial authorities and made no pretense of his contempt for the oppressive machine they championed. Nonetheless it change into as soon as no longer till 1893, on the alternative hand, that his political activism took off enjoy a rocket ship, having returned from Plymouth, England where he had long gone to detect Civil Engineering. He wrote series of scathing essays, severe of Her Majesty’s authorities in his Lagos Day to day Times weekly column and organised protests in opposition to the colonial plans for land reforms among others.
When in 1922, a original Nigerian constitution change into as soon as launched offering for little elections in Lagos and Calabar, he speedily seized on the alternative, organised and fashioned the Nigerian Nationwide Democratic Occasion (NNDP) a year later. Between 1923-1938, Macaulay’s NNDP won your entire optionally obtainable seats within the Nigerian legislature but his dominance change into as soon as minimize immediate when the Nigerian Childhood Coast won elections for the Lagos Metropolis Council in opposition to his celebration.
Macaulay, who up till then had concentrated his politics in Lagos, made up our minds to adopt a extra nationalistic manner and saw a kindred spirit in Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe. They joined forces to accomplish the Nationwide Council of Nigeria and the Cameroons (NCNC)in 1944 with Macaulay turning into the first president, whereas Azikiwe change into as soon as its first secretary. It change into as soon as the collaborative effort of those two ahead-taking a search for men in conjunction with the sacrifices of many others that in big fragment map the stage for dismantling colonial rule in Nigeria. Of direction, doomsday prophets would slightly enjoy you ever take into consideration that any prospect of an alliance between a Yoruba and an Igbo under any guise is well-nigh no longer possible. How did we pause up right here? It looks that the dominant memoir which gets handed down from one generation to one other, performs a extremely vital role within the evolution of relationships between of us and groups.
Rising up in Jap Nigeria after the Biafran war, we enjoy been made to take into consideration that a political alliance between the Yorubas and Igbos is a non-starter, identified to be ineffective on arrival. Why? Effectively, there is that this prevailing memoir that Awolowo betrayed Ojukwu and by extension Ndigbo for no longer going alongside with declaring an Oduduwa Republic when Biafra attempted to pause her marriage with Nigeria, even when they every had agreed to enact so earlier. We enjoy been also reminded of the ignoble role Chief Awolowo performed as the architect of starvation as a weapon of war that saw to the crippling of the Biafran war effort and the dying of millions of Ndigbo. Now not that the sage is fully fraudulent, but as painful as it change into as soon as, dredging it up each time as a clarification why Igbo-Yoruba alliance shouldn’t gaze the gentle of the day is as immediate-sighted as it’s retrogressive. Oduma-enact-bodi!
You enjoy got to reward to me that at the time, Awo convened a meeting of all Yorubas following which the of us voted overwhelmingly to target and punish Ndigbo. Rather than that, any individual want to salvage an even bigger motive to persuade us why the sin of 1 man ought to be visited on a full tribe. Accepting that skewed logic manner that every assorted genuine deed by a Yoruba man shouldn’t depend since it’s already eclipsed by the supposed misdeeds of belief to be one of their maintain, extra than 50 years ago. Toxic? Of direction, but that is not any longer entirely an Igbo teach. It is miles set Nigeria and our most often-inaccurate exasperate as a of us.
These that adopt and are willing to propagate the substantial-brush approach are with out end guilty of telling a single sage (apologies to Chimamanda). While we enjoy been inundated with the tales of Awo’s infraction, any individual very easily forgot to show that whereas Igbos suffered the abandoned properties saga within the fingers of their kit and household contributors in Port-Harcort, Lagos change into as soon as magnanimous ample to hand abet to Ndigbo whatever belonged to them sooner than the war. Yorubas would possibly per chance furthermore enjoy chosen to act otherwise. In fact, list had it that Otunba Subomi Balogun change into as soon as among the many first map of Nigerians to gain a banking licence, in fragment thanks to faded Vice President Alex Ekwueme.
There are extra causes than one, why this worthy desired marriage between the 2 tribal groups hasn’t been consummated since the days of Awolowo and Azikiwe. From unscrupulous politicians and special pursuits who plant differences where there is none for parochial good points to the likes of Adeyinka Grandson, the chief of the so-known as Young Yoruba for Freedom, who as soon as gave Ndigbo 48 hours stop detect to leave Lagos or face dire consequences. The chief of IPOB has also no longer spared the Yorubas in his caustic rhetoric, though he perceived to enjoy toned it down no longer too long ago, even sooner than his arrest. There would possibly be also a fraction of the Yorubas which will doubtless be perennially suspicious of Igbos. They gaze the of us as unworthy of belief and with territorial expansionist agenda. Of direction, the brashness and noisy ebullience of some Igbos would possibly per chance furthermore be slightly exasperating and most often bump into as fully disrespectful of their host communities.
Ndigbo bemoan the uncharitable role the unhurried Ken Saro-Wiwa and few assorted South-south leaders performed, struggling with alongside Nigeria forces all the arrangement thru the Nigerian-Biafran war, even when belief to be one of their maintain, Regular Phillip Effiong change into as soon as Ojukwu’s second in portray. Niger Deltans on the assorted hand will no longer pause railing in opposition to Ojukwu and the arrangement he change into as soon as instrumental to the arrest, subsequent trial of Isaac Adaka Boro, the hero of their wrestle for freedom, when he declared the sick-fated Niger Delta Republic on February 23rd, 1966. As the bickering continues and the of us gaze no motive to switch past a tricky past, every groups continue to suffer the equal fate within the fingers of the northern oligarchs.
The relationships between tribal groups that fabricate up a nation or even interactions between nations enjoy continually been unparalleled at most efficient and is determined to a huge extent on alignment of pursuits. They don’t materialise as an emotive response to enact genuine or despicable. This arrangement that there would possibly per chance furthermore be a teach where Igbos would possibly per chance furthermore favour joining forces with the Hausa-Fulani energy structure but at a optimistic time, gravitate in opposition to the Yorubas, as change into as soon as the case between Azikiwe and Macaulay within the bustle as much as Nigeria’s independence. To the extent that pursuits align, that’s how alliances gain constructed at any time when and the neighborhood mutual pursuits developed. With the passage of time comes re-alignment of pursuits. Contemporary alliances gain constructed and extinct ones would possibly per chance furthermore wither away. Awolowo’s Coast Personnel (AG) change into as soon as never philosophically aligned with Sarduana’s Northern Of us’s Congress (NPC) and the actual person hated the feudal north but when a chance equipped itself to provide Yorubas a head open up over the relief of the nation, he grabbed it with every fingers and change into Regular Gowon’s Finance Minister. What change into the downhearted lot of Ndigbo under his direction change into as soon as consequent upon a Machiavellian political map to stable his Yoruba tribe a competitive financial help.
To trade our teach requires that we radically trade your mindset. If an Igbo man sees a Yoruba man as an enemy as antagonistic to a competitor, he would possibly per chance furthermore enjoy inadvertently closed the door for any accomplish of collaboration, most modern or future. If a Yoruba man sees a Niger Deltan as a competitor as antagonistic to an adversary, it manner that he has made room for every parties to work for a frequent unbiased or is open to pursue mutual pastime, no subject how far apart their positions are or how unsavory their past relationship change into as soon as.
By constructing the bridge of cohesion across its constituent aspects, Southern Nigeria would be making a plucky assertion that though there are uncommon differences between us, we acknowledge that what holds us together is much stronger than that which separates us and that our fate is intricately woven.
While receiving the Lagos Dispute president of Ohanaeze Ndigbo who paid a courtesy focus on over with to his Ile-Oodua palace, Ile-Ife in April 2019, the Ooni of Ife, Enitan Ogunwusi Ojaja 11, reiterated his place that ties of consanguinity exist between Igbos and Yorubas, insisting they are contributors of the equal household. Even those which will doubtless be no longer fully joyful of the fraternal ties as mentioned by the royal father, will no longer fail to detect that the 2 tribes fragment a full bunch in frequent, absolutely extra than any of them does with the north. The World scrutinize by manner of education, social outlook and the place of faith in politics is strikingly but unsurprisingly similar. Every Yoruba and Igbo languages fragment the Kwa-neighborhood Niger-Congo starting build. Now not too long ago, inter-marriages between the 2 groups enjoy change into so fashioned.
There would possibly be minute doubt that the Igbos, Yorubas, Niger Deltans working carefully together will map the accomplish of synergy vital to buy Nigeria out of her most modern financial doldrums, place the areas on the direction of sustainable constructing moreover as provide a counterweight to Northern hegemony. This day, we applaud the governors for main this payment. It’s better unhurried than never.
•Dr. Agbo, a public affairs analyst is the coordinator of African Heart for Transparency and Convener of Establish Nigeria Mission. Email: [email protected]