Yoruba Nigeria - The Yoruba People Of Nigeria Africa

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Yoruba Nigeria - The Yoruba people of Nigeria occupy the Western part of Nigeria. This include states of Nigeria like Lagos state, Ekiti state, Oyo State, Kwara state, ondo state, Ogun state, and Osun state.

Nigeria is made up of three main tribes and this western tribe is one of them. The others are Hausa and Ibo or Igbo as some people call them.

The people of the western part of Nigeria are highly educated people who boast of learned professors with highly successful careers.

They have engineers and scientists in abundance. And they are present in large numbers in virtually every discipline and every industry.

There is no interview or job hunt you organize that you won't have more than half of the applicants being from the Yoruba speaking people of Nigeria.

The pursuit of education by the westerners was majorly driven by the philosophies of a former premier of Nigeria, the late chief Obafemi Awolowo.

Obafemi Awolowo was among those who fought for independence of Nigeria from British colonial rule. And when he finally succeeded along with others in 1960 when Nigeria attained independence, Obafemi Awolowo pursued a program of education for Westerners.

He believed that when a man is educated, he will be less prone to being brain-washed by fallacies and propanga of oppressors. For him, education was the best legacy he could give his people. Consequently, he pursued education of the masses, especially his people, with a passion.

Consequently, the cardinal point of his political party, the UPN, was free education for all. And that also was his key manifesto when he campaigned as a presidential candidate for the coveted position of the president of the federal republic of Nigeria . . . a position he never was able to win.

The Northerners, on the other hand, felt that holding on to power was supreme. And that no matter how educated a man was, he will be compelled to serve the wishes of those in power.

Consequently, they pursued a policy of conquering the military by enlisting northerners enmass. And so today, the northerners have an impressive presence in the military. Apparently, the strategy worked because Nigeria has had more northern president and head of state than any other tribe in the country.

Back to the people of the western region of Nigeria.

Some say the Yoruba people are back stabbers. That may be true for some people from this part of Nigeria. But it will be a fallacy to think every Yoruba person has this attribute.

Every nation, every tribe, every group of people have a defining attribute. The people of the western part of Nigeria also do. For me that defining attribute is not back-stabbing. It is . . .

  • the love they have for their language
  • their support and cohesiveness when it comes to organizing occasions and
  • their family spirit

    Yes, some of them are dangerous back-stabbers . . . people who will not honour an agreement. But hey, every tribe have that class of people. No single class of people have a claim to perfection.

    I have enjoyed working with the western people of Nigeria just as much as I have enjoyed working with the Ibo people of Lagos.

    When you visit Lagos, you will meet thousands of them. Enjoy their company.

    Remember . . . how much you get out of a relationship depends on how much you're willing to invest into it.

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