Nigeria is filthy

Nigeria in general is very filthy – this is no secret.  Getting out of the Lagos airport, five minutes down the road to your right is a heap of rubbish, another five minutes after is another one, during this time you would have spotted at least ten men urinating by the roadsides.  Most open markets especially in Lagos and Ibadan still carry shit  in buckets (agbepoo) and for the market women, you don’t want to think too much about how they do their business during the day otherwise you’d never buy any food products. Residential homes have no obligation to have toilets installed so any uncompleted building or empty land around is used as toilet – I am aware of this but what I did not know was that we, Yoruba especially women have a reputation for being the dirtiest both about our homes and most embarrassingly of all we are Josie Grossie in personal hygiene department.

My Hausa friend who has lived in many Nigeria major cities and dated across the tribes has this to say “… Yoruba ladies are dirty outwardly mainly, in their mannerisms as well as in general hygiene. They make the worst tenants.” He is the most polite in his remarks.

A Yoruba friend married to an Ibo woman was brutally honest, he gave very graphic views about how off-putting it can be dating a Yoruba lady. One among his many examples was about a few Yoruba women he knew living in Brooklyn, NY whereby their baths were caked in fungus and still the women in question didn’t think much of it and would invite friends over. So we are filthy abroad too.

All of the people I spoke to on this subject were very excited as if they had been waiting to talk about this for a long time, all very helpful and honest.

Admittedly, the more educated one gets irrespective of the ethnic group, the better one becomes about personal hygiene and general cleanliness of ones environment. However, all things considered Yoruba women remain the filthiest.

I must note though that Hausa women are a lot filthier than Yoruba in terms of personal hygiene, not too surprising if one has to be married off around the time that it is important to assume responsibility for taking care of ones body – I am not defending Yoruba here.

As it stands today “South eastern girls are the cleanest of the regions, Igbo babes are really clean in every sense. But Ete (South-South Efik, Calabar etc) ladies are the cleanest of all. THEY CLEAN EVERYTHING & EVERYWHERE.” says Hassan.

In a way I am glad that despite the national filthiness that plagued our towns and cities, we do have people within the country whose attitude towards personal hygiene and environmental cleanliness is worth emulating – areas for Yoruba women to draw inspiration (?)



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  1. Bitch how dare you? You hae a fucking Yoruba name but I guess you are not Yoruba huh you’re just one of the wannabe hybrid bitch trash. How dare you say Yorubas in general are dirty as if it some kind of genetic trait or some shit? Are you mad? So if Yoruba women are dirty, what about the guys then, they are not dirty huh? And the so called Yoruba guy who you met must not be a real, full blooded Yoruba. That being said, F U and this stupid article. And I hope that someone makes a filthy generalization about you one day too bitch

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    • To be honest, I could have done a better job with that piece especially in relation to women but my thought at the time was to write about women and hygiene and to provoke thoughts in regards to the stereotypes of hygiene in Yorubaland. Everyone regardless of gender to my mind is responsible for keeping their environment clean.

      I decided to not delete this post because it provokes thoughts. That’s good.

      Now, just so you know given how much you have exploded on my blog attacking good people who have contributed, this is the only reasonable response you deserve. With everything else you wrote, I say you’ll be just fine.

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  2. It’s cause of poverty and backwards cultural aspects ; dated a hot Nigerian woman( she was first generation and graduated San Jose State University ( California ) as a registered nurse. Despite being pretty and educated- like a thinner version of Serena Williams, she was often “musty smelling ” in her arm pits and “down there”. Her cousins and family rarely wore deodorant despite wearing very nice clothes and driving expensive cars. I figured they didn’t come from areas in Nigeria with indoor plumbing.

    We broke up ( still friends) and now I date an Ethiopian woman- worlds of difference in hygeine and behavior ( not confrontational, very lady like!)

    This is not every Nigerian ; any person from a poor background acclimates to family habits – we see this in the western U.S where you can tell the DIFFERENCE between cultured educated Mexicans and their poor illegal alien brethren( who are filthy, have excessive amounts of children, and act ignorant and backwards )

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    • Interesting the analogy of educated and uneducated folks. Just as you said of Mexican poor, in Nigeria people tend to point to ‘villagers’ as the culprits of all things awful, I was born and raised (mostly) in a village, mother never had a day of formal education and yet many of the disgusting habits of total disregard to personal hygiene is not what I grew up with. Most Nigerians today have no indoor plumbing but that is no excuse to stink up the place.

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      • Oh I see a village hardly literate bitch who learnt everything she knows from social media and god TV. Do you know what generalizations are? Do you know what stereotypes are? Probably not, your ugly, barely literate ass will never know or understand that, village scum

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        • Thank you. Village hardly literate, I can live with that. Yes I do pay attention a bit to social media but at my age I write from experience a bit. Ugly? Please stop, I am foxy.

          Village scum? That’s not nice. Remember villagers still provide food for you city guys.

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    • Oh stfu you slave. Poverty does not make one dirty you sound retarded. Some ppl are just too lazy or ignorant about personal hygiene and it is not only Yoruba ppl or Nigerian ppl, it is people all over the world. Additionally, this writer is obviously a biased. idiot, she has made this entire article based on opinion as opposed to fact. Even her witnesses are iffy and even if they are true witnesses, their responses are more of opinions than facts. In fact, I have met Igbo women who stunk, they hardly used deodarant and perspired like crazy. The worst part was, they were very active too making their stench worse. So, any woman or man of any tribe can be dirty

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      • I think here you are catching up a bit anyone can be dirty. I am biased of course hence I picked on people that I am one of. I know what other people say so I echoed it with he hope that we will pay attention and be better.

        Calling me slave? That’s okay, most Nigerians grew up as slave, they just don’t know it.

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  3. My name is olga I’m a south African a year ago I met this yoruba guy,he is educated and everything but after we moved in together I noticed some really nasty habits that I don’t like,he will brush his teeth at the kitchen,blow his nose with his hand,cleans butt with his hand with water and after that he will not wash his hands with soap even if I buy hygiene handsoap washer is like he doesn’t see it,when he takes his bath he use only his hands and cold water,two minutes is enough I’m so embarrassed by him,to make it worse he invited onother yoruba guy to share the house that one is somethingsomething else I ddon’t ever buy nigerian food anymore

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  4. It started out like a write up to put an eye on the need for cleanliness in Nigeria; however, the focus of this write up was on which tribe was the filthiest. You compared two tribes, Igbo and Yoruba women, and stated that Yoruba women are the filthiest. Yet by your own admission, Hausa women are filthier than Yoruba women. So then how are Yoruba women the filthiest in Nigeria? It appears you have something against Yoruba if you’re still maintaining that they are the filthiest.

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    • There is no way reasoning with Nigerians as we dwell in ‘one better past the other’ there are lots of things that I admire from all of our regions but I am not the one to pick on sticks from other people while leaving a log in my eye. If my opinion hurts, how about if all those that take offence start cleaning their back and front yard?

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      • Bitch you are an idiot. This article just like your entire life was and is unnecessary. Instead of making a biased, overly generalized write up like this, why don’t you teach the girls and boys around you (Yoruba or other) about good personal hygiene? Fuck is making this stupid article going to do other than give your dumb ass the attention you were seeking?

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    • I think he was pointing out that Yoruba women may have gotten their habits from their own community, and it’s probably again due to poverty and lack of resources . Once the live like that for a long time, they accept it as normal. Americanized and European Nigerians , no matter what their ethnic /tribal relations , are often ( but not always ) cleaner than their national counter parts

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      • You are foolish as hell. Poverty does not make anyone dirty, laziness and ignorance dies. And going by your ignorant silly logic, everyone born and raised in the West is clean lol your dumb ass has probably never lived in some cities in Canada and the US. In many cities in these areas, whether they live in poverty or not, many of them are still filthy, sleeping with different women or men every other night, getting so drunk that they piss and sleep on the street, not taking a shower because it is cold outside e.t.c

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  5. Hi Folakemi,

    I just read your short article after clicking
    on your Website link from Nairaland
    and I must say that YOU are helping to
    feed propaganda to those who tell
    lies against the Yoruba just to feel good
    about themselves because of their
    LOW self esteem!

    It was an Ibo guy who was taunting
    the Yorubas that posted your link on
    Nairaland just to insult the Yoruba.
    I lived and worked in PH and have travelled to all states in Nigeria except
    Borno and Yobe states. I have been to Aba and Onitsha and
    because of the small landmass and
    large population, those towns, especially
    Aba have to deal with serious filth and people/market women sell near the
    stinking garbage!

    These same Delusional tribal bigots who
    are insecure will also say that Yoruba
    women don’t know to COOK or that
    Yoruba women are not beautiful and
    all these are LIES told by tribal bigots
    with low self esteem. These tribal bigots
    LIE that SWners are cowards, betrayers,
    and all kinds of deeply delusional
    comments are made especially on
    Social Media and it is a GOOD thing
    that people of Yoruba ancestry all
    over the world are very Internet SAVVY
    and will NOT let any ethnic group
    especially some Ibos put them down
    online and offline! It is some Ibos
    who are fond of making these derogatory remarks to put the Yorubas
    down by saying the SWners are dirty,
    then the Yorubas also dug up several
    articles and UPLOADED pictures of
    the mountain of filth in some Ibo
    towns such as Aba. Enugu is quit neat
    but areas outside Enugu from pictures
    posted online also experience
    waste and filth problems. To me there is
    big money to be made from production
    of METHANE GAS for cooking and industrial use from urban waste and
    sewage like is being done in Japan and
    China for instance.

    Folakemi, you article is now being used
    for propaganda purposes on some
    sites by tribalists because you
    suggested in this article that women
    from the SW are the filthiest WITHOUT
    carrying out a proper national survey.

    Your inadvertently fell for the propaganda/tauntings of these tribal
    bigots and ranked women in Nigeria
    based on ethnicity on the personal
    hygiene level. Your conclusions are
    subjective and not based on a national survey. I do understand that recycling
    of waste/garbage and proper waste
    disposal especially in markets and residential areas all over major towns
    in Nigeria have to be undertaken like
    the Lagos State is doing with an
    organic fertiliser plant in Ikorodu in
    partnership with a U.S.-based company.

    Sanitary Inspectors should be employed
    all over Nigeria to enforce punitive
    measures against individuals who
    violate environmental hygiene laws. The name and shame strategy should also
    be used to punish offenders in addition
    to making them engage in community
    service like cutting grass and/or cleaning the drains. The Obas, Emirs, and other traditional Ruler should
    be involved with the states, such as Ogun State to mobilise everyone and
    close any market that does not
    conform to standard in addition to the
    provision of giant movable waste bins
    that can be carried off by big waste
    disposal trucks every 5 to 7 days.

    Last but not least, kindly edit the
    part of your original article were you
    suggested that SW women based on
    your subjective ranking are at the bottom
    of the hygiene ladder which I find
    DEFAMATORY to millions of Yoruba
    women around the world.

    I personally find your post distressing
    because it over-generalises and
    further stereotypes Yoruba women
    who are known to be very intelligent
    women who have excelled in several
    fields of human endeavors!

    I initially thought your blog is post
    was put up by an impostor masquerading as Yoruba because
    there are many fake Facebook and
    Twitter accounts that have been set up
    to misinform people and scam others
    using the fake profiles of prominent
    people and as a political tactic to divert
    peoples’ attention from bad governance.

    I will bookmark your Website/blog and
    keep coming back, but as a Yoruba lady
    you must NOT encourage these insults
    by people who try to stereotype millions
    of Yoruba women because of ENVY.

    PS: Remember to do the needful Folakemi by editing that post by removing the reference to ethnic ranking
    of women as it is politically incorrect
    and as I said tribal bigots are already
    linking to this article to further taunt
    millions of Yoruba women. These are
    the UNINTENDED consequences of the
    post/article which you NEVER saw coming.

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    • Hi George,

      Thank you for stopping by and for the insights which I appreciate.

      Nigeria as a whole is filthy and we are terrible when it comes to personal hygiene and public sanitation, for example there hasn’t been any law to maintain that all households must have a toilet and for public sanitation – you know the story.

      People who chose to use my blog post for propaganda are welcome to do as they please, I can’t control the bigots who didn’t see the points I was trying to make that the filthiness is a culture of its own that has plagued the whole country.

      If you have read the comments here, basically everyone from all our major tribes have contributed and the general consensus has been that all of our tribes place far less importance to hygiene and public sanitation, the reality in which we can all see all around us.

      I completely understand your points relating to editing the tribal parts, yah, maybe that was too harsh of me, I’ll look it over but hey I am Yoruba too and when I listen to what people say about Yoruba filthiness, all I did was to be more conscious and encourage people around me, I suppose our people prefer to not see the message.

      Anyways, thanks once again for the comment.

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      • Hi once again Folakemi.

        Your response to my post was
        really quick. I have read your
        original post up to eight times
        including the responses of
        your blog visitors to this topic
        since October 2014 when you
        originally posted the article
        on this blog.

        I have some more insightful
        deductions to make below:

        1. Your Yoruba friend who you
        say is married to an Ibo made
        that statement about Yoruba
        women’s hygiene to you just
        to justify his marriage to a
        non-Yoruba. But he is in the
        minority as 9 out of 10 marriages
        involve male and female Yorubas
        getting married to one another
        so he has NO right to generalise
        and INSULT millions of Yoruba
        women and YOU Folakemi
        shouldn’t bother dignifying his
        comment on this blog.

        2. The Hausa friend of yours
        too who made that comment
        about ranking women on the
        hygiene scale according to
        ethnicity from the lowest to
        the top was trying to feel
        self-important and I could
        detect from psychological
        analysis, INSECURITY. I’ve
        interacted with women of
        Yoruba ancestry within my
        inner circle of influence and
        I KNOW full well that they are
        VERY NEAT personally and at
        home so these friends that you
        quoted have only spoken
        glibbly and it shows how
        UNWISE they have been
        especially Hassan. Incidentally
        I had my secondary education
        at a Federal Government College
        in the far-North some decades
        back while living in Lagos, so
        I know the North full well.

        3. In the last paragraph of
        your original post, YOU wrote
        about “…areas for Yoruba women
        to draw inspiration from.” Well
        cleanliness is an ideal and
        MUST be a universal quality
        and as I said, I have seen a lot
        of Yoruba women who are very
        neat so there is NOTHING for
        those women to emulate from
        those women from the ethnic groups that Hassan told you
        about!

        4. Folakemi, you also stated in the
        post that some open markets
        in Lagos and IB still use buckets
        for sewage disposal [agbepo] which I find hard to believe.
        But then again, WHY can you
        name these specific matkets
        if they exist and have those
        names forwarded to the
        Ministries of Environment for
        appropriate sanctions. I know
        Mr. Tunji Bello was in charge
        before he became the Secretary
        to the Lagos State Govt. under
        Gov Akin Ambode. The places if
        they exist should be sealed off
        till upgrades are made and
        sanitary inspectors posted to
        several locations around
        Yorubaland and Nigeria.

        5. I did observe that with the
        economic slump starting from
        the early 80s, some people have
        become lethargic and do NOT
        pay attention to environmental
        and/personal hygiene, so the
        disposable income of these
        people or the increase in their
        living standards will complement
        the activities of sanitary inspectors.

        6. The Ogun State Governor
        has to stop people from dropping
        bags of waste/ refuse by the
        side of the Lagos to Abeokuta
        express way concrete divider
        starting from that notorious
        Sango Ota market where the
        overhead bridge is leading right
        up to Abeokuta.

        I observed this when I visited
        Ogun State last year and it was
        an eyesore. I read that things
        haven’t changed yet because
        the waste disposal trucks from
        the Ogun State Environmental
        unit clear the wastes for FREE
        so the vicious cycle of defacing
        the road with bags of refuse persists. This method requires
        the provision of central dump
        sites in every town in that state
        to avoid street dumping. Ogun
        State is used as a case study
        because it has the largest concentration of big industries
        in Nigeria followed by Lagos and
        a lot of waste from industries and
        homes are being generated.

        6. As for those tribal bigots who
        are making reference to your
        article on Nairaland for
        propaganda and ethnic e-wars, they found it via a simple
        Google search. The guy didn’t
        even bother to read the responses
        to your blog post. All he was
        interested in was to insult and
        lower the image of Yoruba women. Sometimes the tribal
        bigots with low self-image
        say that Yoruba women can’
        cook and other lame comments.

        So highly negative articles get
        read by a global audience who
        search for information on
        Nigeria or Yoruba culture and
        these posts like yours pop up
        easily on Google. This is why
        I suggested re-writing the
        article to CONTAIN useful
        SOLUTIONS without making
        reference to ethnicity as told
        to you by your two “friends”
        and others.

        Do have a stimulating day ahead
        Folakemi.

        #Manknowthyself

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        • Thank you George.
          Your interest in inspiring. A note to say I love to talk about tribal stereotypes, this is because they are not all false allegations. My hope is that our women will wake up and realise that in order to fight gender inequalities in Nigeria, women from all of our regions need to work together.

          To the points about my post, I am not bothered much about what nairaland guys say. I focussed on Yoruba women as I am one and the people I am close with, people who find this offensive will change their ways and perhaps work harder to get our government to do the right thing with sanitation enforcement.

          The Yoruba guy who married an Igbo woman is actually a typical example of our low life men, his own mother is Igbo so he grew up with many untrue stories which he believed. My Hausa friend is actually a gentleman, he is honest, far from my Yoruba bigot guy, I was the one who wanted to hear his opinion as I knew he travels a bit within the country.

          On the name of the markets whereby agbepoo are still being used, I am aware that most of our markets in big cities now have toilets that are used with a fee which I think is fantastic but if we are to make progress we can not be defensive on the obvious, even at markets such as Agbeni and Akilapa people still do their ‘business’ close to their stalls for the fear of catching bacteria as toilet not clean regularly.

          Glad you mentioned Ogun state, a family member who frequent Lusada market in Ogun talked about how people bypass the toilet to defecate in the bush around – we have come a long way and still more to go if we were to be honest.

          And of course the more you go down south, the stinkier it gets. I recently visited my own local big market, it was insanely dirty. The river that runs through the market was the colour of deep grey and stand still, clogged with garbage of all types – I took a photo of it as I care and would like that to change.

          Trolls can do whatever they like while we keep improving ourselves.

          More personal to me is my local university market at OAU campus where hundreds of students come to eat daily, it has been over three years now that the market women have contributed fees for toilet facility and yet it has not been provided. Everyone in the area use bush around.

          I have written a few posts on sanitation issues as it is a big problem, while we continue to make improvement, we can not always go back and rewrite what was once the problem.

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      • Nobody cares what Tribe you are from, calling out Yoruba women filthy is like calling all black American gang stars.

        Your goal is to drive traffic to your blog and making such inciting statement will give your blog a negative coloration.

        Good luck.

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        • Thank you very much for your contribution.
          I wouldn’t call Black Americans gangsters though as they have fought against oppression for centuries that black people including Nigerians live off today. Only if we can be tiny weeny honest, we might be able to give back to black Americans what we have benefited in their land by making our land more appealing.

          Isn’t it funny though, that you got interested in filthy Nigeria because I focussed on Yoruba/women – maybe that is the best tactic now to bring message home.

          I wonder what you would say to a visitor coming to the country via Lagos and had to stay in Ibadan/Ife or any of our cities and see the eyesore filthiness – would you say, hey, we’re better than other folks in the East/SS or north as justification?

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          • See this is the problem with you – your bias. You wouldn’t call Black Americans gangsters? So how come they themselves call themselves gangsters and even take pride in gang banging? Your bias is the very problem with you. The fact that they fought against oppression and never succeeded BTW ( Last I checked, they still imprison and kill them) does not change the fact that many of them are gangsters and gang bangers. And the fact that some Yoruba women are dirty and done Igbo women are clean does not change the fact that, some Yoruba women are clean and some Igbo women are dirty and that, there are dirty ppl in each ethnic group.

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            • You last point here makes sense and the whole point of my article. I just prefer to talk about Yoruba than write an article where filth is glorified just because anyone can be one, get it?

              And you are right, I will never knowingly pick on African Americans, they are fighters – odds against them are greater than anything Nigeria has faced. Of course I am biased because I have lived amongst them.

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        • And you are a liar, you have not been to every single state in Nigeria

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    • George DSarge sthu your South American ass is not Yoruba, no such thing as Yoruba ancestry, just Yorubas. You pathetic, confused people claim to be a Yoruba, Arab, and damn near everything you are not, But you desperate people are not Yoruba and you have no business talking about Yoruba ppl. As if you know anything about Yoruba ppl

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      • Please don’t insult people for associating with any tribe they like. You may not know this, those in Brazil and Cuba arguably have lots more of their history printed than Yoruba in Nigeria. Be sensible. If anyone is desperate, it is us in Yorubaland today.

        This article is about Yoruba being filthy in Yorubaland, Nigeria – stay within the topic.

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  6. I quite concur with the fact that SANITATION remains a salient subject to be discussed within the confines of the Nigerian Society….but you misunderstood by previous comment. I was only trying to opine that instead of mentioning any tribe in the topic of this write-up ”Nigeria is dirty but is Yoruba the filthiest of all? ” , it would have been fair if no tribe was included in the subject-matter, as I believe it could provoke bias comments from some minds. I was searching for an article on Yoruba Metaphysics before google suggested your article. Doesn’t that imply the article carries more weight given its Yoruba theme?

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  7. Despite the thrilling nature of this wonderful write-up, I am so much saddened at the lugubrious topic which it carries. Mentioning a particular tribe indirectly (or even directly) implies certain facts which willy-nilly provoke unprecedented comments from people. To be candid, the body of this write-up is superb but from my perspective, a better topic should have been given.
    God bless the author!!!

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    • Thanks for stopping by.

      Ha, you think a better topic you have been discussed? Hmnn, I would think sanitation is a very important subject that should bother everyone.
      I don’t believe one tribe is dirtier than the other but Nigeria as a whole need to change attitude to garbage disposal on road sides and make provision proper sanitation in public places.

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  8. But I loooove my man…am not Nigerian thou

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  9. Why do say ibo women are clean?………most of the ibo homes I have been to are dirty..l..sofas with food stains punch stains on the floor laundry thrown around the house.stoves with grease on them…….and dried up food…bathrooms smelling like pee……and when they cook goat or chicken..and only use a portion of it…they throw the food back in the freezer without a Baggie.
    Ask rose amah……….I don’t eat when I go to there homes..I only drink something from a can..and when they clean….very rarely do they use cleaning products…I have seen all of these examples in Nigeria as well,as in the states
    , and Europe.

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    • Hi Yaya – Thanks for stopping by.

      Here I was raising awareness to our prejudice. From comments, one can see that Nigerians in general regardless of tribe are dirty, this is obvious from our public places and absence of toilets and bins.

      Maybe this could collectively help us work together to make hygiene an important task both in public places and home.

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      • Nigerian civilians are not dirty, dummy. The Nigerian Government is simply wack. If the Nigerian Government would create Laws and fines and of course, if they would provide more trash and recycle bins to build and to maintain the cleanliness in the country, it would be less dirty. It is not the civilians’ fault but the Government’s fault. In the West, do you think there wouldn’t be cigarette butts littered all over a city like London if there weren’t laws and fines implemented to restrict that?

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        • And Nigeria government are for Mars? Admittedly, there should be strict policy with toilet facilities in our markets (pay as you go) enough so they are kept clean and of course regular collection of waste. Same to apply to all places with high number of people i.e faith gatherings, schools, restaurants and event centres. Government can enforce this but it will be up to the people to never compromise and stick to the rules. Same goes for homes too.

          Let’s focus on Nigeria, comparing London here is was of time.

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  10. I did wonder, why Nigerians are so dirty. It is strange, with the huge numbers of people that have travelled and do travel overseas every year to lands that are nearly always cleaner and better managed. Why no one takes hygiene seriously.
    Are Nigerians savages? Are they uncivilised? I wouldn’t say Yorubas have the trump on filth, Aba in the East is notorious for its filth and so isOnitsha, but sitll they refuse to clean up their towns. It is said you can tell when you are approaching Aba by the smell of garbage. It is rumoured there are whole streets in Kano given over for people to defecate in public, and they have markets not to far away so you can guess the contagious bacteria from people’s waste is transmitted by flies onto produce sold at the markets.
    This tolerance of filth and lack of sanitation is truly a bad reflection on society. Nigeria can never claim to be leading nation when it can’t take care of the basics like hygiene and sanitation. I saw pictures of Cuba (specifically Havanna. It may be a little run down, but the streets were clean, no faeces, urine or smelly gutters were exposed. It just goes to show you don’t need billions of dollars to be clean).
    When visitors remark on such nastiness, Nigerians become defensive… I do wonder if there is any hope…
    Let us not get bogged down on throwing an ethnic slant on filth, it is now a national characteristic, to the shame of all Nigerians at home and those in the diaspora.

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    • Thank you jco for the contribution and for citing examples for us all to munch over.

      You are right, this isn’t about one ethnic group being filthy, all Nigerians are in it together. When we talk about Nig being filthy, I have heard many times people are quick to point fingers at Yoruba and before you know it, we failed to address the real issue which is lack of proper sanitation in public places. So I thought, the best way to get reaction is to speak from Yoruba perspective.

      Your example of Aba and Onitsha is very useful, I haven’t been there but easy to picture Bodija/Gbagi at Ibadan or Oju Elegba of Lagos – it is insane.

      Never mind those who defended blindly, there is hope I think… the more we talk about it, hopefully, many would read and reflect – every little action matters

      No doubt re major education to all about this especially relationship between health and proper sanitation.

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      • It is hard to respect someone who is dirty. I remember whilst at boarding school in England, I would be teased about being black and one of the insults was that black people are dirty. Who wants to be seen as dirty? Then when I visited Nigeria, after all the hype from my Dad and his people about Nigeria this and Nigeria that, most powerful country in Africa etc. My heart sank at the site of mounds of smouldering rubbish along the streets. My Dad lived in Yaba, Lagos one didnt’ have to go too far to spot mounds of rubbish.
        What is even sadder is that in the 21st century, people see it as an acceptable state of affairs. Fortunately, a few people like you see that cleanliness is acceptable and filth and squalor aren’t acceptable. There is a little ray of hope, that this scourge of filth will become unacceptable and people will take the time to keep themselves and their environment clean.
        Pointing fingers is a sign of immaturity, the fact as you have shown is, that filth unfortunately is a national phenomena. People should divert their energies from ducking the issue to tackling it head on.

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        • What is true is that if one has lived in Nigeria throughout, the filth becomes second nature and even sadder is the mandatory once a month Environmental Sanitation that was meant to keep people in their communities and clean it up, but in reality that is the time people arrange to have other activity in their homes given they can’t drive during the ES.

          Now I used to think this initiative was excellent. Now, not so much.

          Why must we force people to stay indoor for up to four hours on a Saturday in the name of ES? Why not make everyday ES? especially in market, car park, and other public places? Provide a vehicle, plenty of rubbish bags so people know where to drop their refuse.

          If Fashola of Lagos could clean up Oshodi, then we can all tackle the rubbish epidemic…

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        • Lol your dumb ass could not stand up for yourselves against gee whiteys and now you gave self bare. Lol. You are so pathetic. Africans are not Black because being Black is a culture, an American one. If they called you dirty they probably meant your character was dirty nit your look, you dummy.

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        • Self hating fool, don’t get mad at usAfricans beause your dumb ass could not stand up for yourself against Whitey smdh idiot

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          • You can say whatever you like to me but that is not nice what you said to jco, he is a good man. He didn’t even have to be thinking at all about Nigeria given he wasn’t born there. He is a patriot and hope nothing but the best for the country.

            You see when the government drools on diaspora remittance, this is one of the people they are talking about.

            Calm down and attack me but not people like him.

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    • Shut up fool. Ask the Nigerian Government that, not the civilians. And if you find Nigeria too dirty, then stay in Cuba or wherever the hell you are from. And besides, I have see pics of slums in Cuba, it is even more filthy than sons streets in Nigeria

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  11. BUT THE LADY SAID THE GOSPEL TRUTH, IT IS WHEN I CAME TO LAGOS THAT I SAW FOR THE FIRST TIME PEOPLE USING WATER AND HAND TO CLEAN FEACES, I ASKED WHAT HAPPENED TO TISSUES, I HAVE SEEN HERE IN LAGOS MATURED WOMEN USIN BUCKET TO DEFEACATE THEN USE THE SAME BUCKET TO WASH, YOU SEE WOMEN ESPECIALLY YORUBAS FARTING

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    • Anonymous – thank you for stopping by and for the comment.

      🙂 Everybody farts, don’t we? Except if you were in Japan whereby one could get something up the backside to soak up the unwanted odour. Having said that, there is always a place and a time, adults can learn to ‘hold’ in company of others. I do agree we can do a lot better in the farting department.

      Actually, I would think water to clean faeces is better than tissues as it is easier for dirts to break down that way, and of course tissues eliminate dealing with mess.

      See, I do think we all need to make improvement in keeping our environment clean especially with toilet issue, what’s the joy if ones house is equipped with proper toilet facility but when outside in the market or outings we all are reduced to defacating by the roadside or buckets?

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    • Actually you idiot, water is cleaner than a piece of paper. Lol you messed yourself up with that and you only sound like an idiot. Even in the West, people who are smarter use water and then wash their hands thereafter just like many Nigerians. Ask your dumb ass thus question, before the invention of paper or tissue, what did ppl use? What did the ancient Egyptians use? Think about that, dumb ass

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  12. Must say, Folakemi you have panache for making the most striking assessments of situations. I am of the opinion that Nigerians attitude to Cleanliness is akin to their attitude to Corruption.
    Like Dami Oyedele said above…”It is (indeed) case by case basis.”
    We (sections & tribes) are all dirty in our own respects but also clean, we deny that fact & accept it too, depending on how it suits us. Finally, we point fingers at others as being dirty when we notice aspects of their more visible lives that are dirty. For example Nigerians will readily say our politicians are all corrupt but we the ordinary folks, are not. If we believe that then there is little wonder why we continue to live in our dreams and sleep in our nightmares, watching over our shoulders, fearful of elected bullies, appointed rogues, friendly thieves, cheered murderers, encouraged kidnappers & worshiped militants.

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    • Very true, we tend to shift the ugly part of our attitude/behaviour as the lifestyle of the ‘others.’ I am really grateful with responses on this post as the general opinion lean towards the fact that filthiness is a problem that Nigeria as a whole must tackle and that it is not a tribal issue, that’s a relief.

      If Fashola could successfully clean Oshodi, I believe Nigerians can be taught to respect public places by littering less and also by making sure that each house and religious centres have adequate facilities for people.

      This area can not be left for the politicians alone, we all need to do our bits starting right from home.

      Again, thank you so much for your insightful comment.

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      • Thanks. This is a good discourse that must be on for as long and as wide as possible; hopefully, things will change. Like most of us, I’m pretty busy but I find in the topics you’ve raised on different issues that deserve a bit of time from all of us.

        In our younger days, our parents and everybody were scared, ashamed … to be cited by “wole wole” – house inspectors who went round cities, towns and villages to inspect cleanliness. Like everything in Nigeria except corruption, massive parties at which conspicuous display of wealth is displayed which in themselves breed greed by others, those are long gone. I remember reading an interview with one of the Enahoro Brothers – not Peter [Pan], not Chief Tony nor the guy that used to read the nes – who told the story of someone cited by Wole wole and asked to appear in court. He said the man was in tears that none in his family had ever gone to court!

        These days, huge parties await jail returnees in Nigeria, incl. the “Thanksgiving Service” at no less a place than the Christ Church Cathedral on the Marina for Bode George at which Obasanjo and other “great” Nigerians and society men and women were present.

        Good leadership would change just about everything, including corruption and general attitudinal changes to things that will return the value system we used to have when Yoruba had: “a ti i gbọ?” loosely, “how could I do, say … this because the family name would be soiled.

        Each has to do his/her own little bit to plant a value system that elevates only good things; others would fall in place GRADUALLY: a daughter brings home a boy whose father has wealth from doubtful sources? A corrupt leader is reborn as a “good” or “great” person? It’s like that Christmas folk song: “Let there be peace on earth/And let it begin with me …”

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        • ‘Wole wole’ – thank you for the reminder! Those disappeared before I was born/little sadly, but I remember there were lots of talks about their wonderful work including checking that people’s drinking water in clay pots do not have ‘tanwiji’ (tadpoles) in my village. Incredible how much govt cared that time.

          Thank you for inputs, very much appreciated. Agba ko ni tan l’orile.

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          • Amen to your prayer. Thanks to you, too, for providing the forum.
            Pleasure v. much mine. I’ll weigh in as often as I can.

            You won’t believe I cannot translate “Ori Yeye nii Mogun”! Would it be I came
            on the goodwill … of a grandmother or something like that? The double ‘i’
            after ‘n’ throws my Yoruba mastery off.

            AND 2, would you be from Ondo/Ekiti States because these ẹyìn
            displayed here are just too beautiful to be loved so much as to be showcased
            on such a high-tech medium by one who to an ìlú òkè NOT belong!

            Regards,
            TOLA.

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            • Whao, such a pleasure to have uou on board. Am afraid “yeye” here isn’t mother, more like an emphasis on the number of people.

              Ori yeye nii mogun, taise lo po – it losely means “Most people were being punished/killed for the crime they did not commit”. This saying is perfect to describe the fate of the Chibok girls.

              And you are right about ara ilu oke, that is what Lagosians called me when I stayed with my sister a while back. It was espcially bad as I could not speak pidgin and my Yoruba accent is very thick that I became their laughing stock – I had fun laughing at myself too.

              Very much appreciate your contribution.

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  13. Haha this is interesting! I don’t think any tribe holds monopoly on cleanliness or dirtiness – it really is a case by case thing. Also I usually shy away from making generalizations along tribal lines, probably because I grew up in a multicultural home (raised by Yoruba father and Igbo mother). I personally can be tardy with house chores when I get too busy, but I have Yoruba friends who are extremely neat, even borderline neurotic about their living space. It’s also interesting that you only talked about women. What about Nigerian men? *wink*

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    • E se for stopping by! I did focus on Yoruba because it was us alone that get flagged up for being filthy the most also women in particular because most talks always relate the filthiness to personal hygiene. I have a mother who is hygiene freak so much that she washes her clothing herself and will insist not cooking during certain time of the month for the fear you can’t be clean enough, my father is tidiness freak always have something to put in order mostly his journal, pens, cutlass and hunting guns and I grew up in a village.
      I am aware that Nigeria is filthy – very. But I have never thought Yoruba tops the scale on this so when I heard about I was defensive naturally but a quick check on what people say point to the fact that, Yoruba women are the filthiest when all factors are considered.

      On men – I did write something about that here: https://folakemiodoaje.com/2014/10/05/raising-nigeria-boy-child/

      A lady who is clean will either go out with someone of similar mindset or be prepared to educate him to contribute to the chores or they can end up being Jossie Grossie together.

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      • When did opinion become fact? It is very clear that your are barely educated. Do you know that if you ask a bunch of whites if Africans have a low IQ they will say yes also, if you ask some Africans this question, their inferior asses will say yes too. But does that make this a fact? You ask questions, ppl give you opinions and you say it is a fact? What kind of idiot are you?

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        • You’ll be just fine. That’s is true that I am barely educated, I can see the wonders that the educated ones have done in our land afterall we are the most educated ones, excuse my very barely educated mind.

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    • You hybrid trash are the worst, no wonder you think it is funny bitch. I curse that Yoruba guy who married a fifth Igbo smdh And it is called multiethnic not multicultural

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  14. Okay, here’s the opinion of one who has seen all of our people at home and abroad: 1. Nigerians are ALL generally filthy; 2 but if comparison needs be made, Hausas are the worst followed by their Yoruba kin while the Ibos are comparatively the NEATEST and slightly the cleanest. 3. Any overcrowded place is very likely to be filthy, so I rest my case in the matter of Lagos where 10 families live on a floor of multi-storey building share 2 toilets and 2 kitchens AND no running water. 4. Finally, while waiting for the deluge of North vs. South, etcetera: has my young lady lived in the North? Do you have Hausa friends? I do, and have been flabbergasted times without number when a friend would lift the corner of the rug is his LIVING ROOM and spit …

    I love this blog; it’s a different angle to subjects on our culture about which I’m always excited.

    TOLA.

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    • Madam, you are bad! 🙂 Lift carpet and spit? That is so funny, I have never heard that before, that’s gold! I have never lived in the north, I have visited a couple of major cities though and have a friend who has plenty to say about Yoruba women so I will definitely give him a earful on this :), he did admit that Hausa women are the filthiest though so I wouldn’t be too harsh on him.

      Thank you so much for your comment. Once we all agree that we are all filthy then we can find collective solutions to our Josie grossie habit together and hopefully the govt will see sense and impose a law that makes it a must for a landlord to have adequate toilet facilities for the occupants.

      Thank you

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      • Thanks, Ms. O. I just think it’s better we get things straight because it’s the way you’ve treated all the subjects I’ve read here. Even if you haven’t lived or spent time in the North, a Sabo down south is all you need to change the opinion that the friend gave you. At Sabo, too, the problem is of overcrowding which does lead to filth.

        Regards,
        TOLA.

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    • You bitches are crazy. Your damn name is Tola (Yoruba) yet you refer to Yoruba ppl as their Yoruba kin. Bitch, they are your Yoruba kinfolk like it or not. And I am sure you are one of those mixed ethnicity trash, not a real Yoruba smdh probably Edo mix, prostitute bitch

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      • To be frank, I still don’t get which side you are on so I will assume you are a Yoruba and feel upset because you think you are more of Yoruba than anyone else.

        With that in mind, I thought one thing that Yorubas are proud of is our respect for elders, here you failed. Check what Mrs Adenle has contributed on this topic, she is one of the few 70+ women who is very keen to share her views not just as a Yoruba but a Nigerian so tell me why would you use this vulgar language for such a person just because she says something you don’t agree with?

        See, this is why I am keeping this post. We can do better. I didn’t write to say I am a world class journalist or broadcaster. If you want to read all sweet things about Yoruba and Nigeria, I am sure we have enough people doing that.

        Mrs Adenle, please ignore this person. You know I appreciate your opinions.

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  15. Okay, you paint not the ‘prettiest’ of pictures in regards to the Yoruba and especially the women, yet you yourself are in no way indicative of this: fascinating that. My question is – sorry if too personal – why are you different from what one would assume is a cultural if not tribal phenomenon

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    • Baba Goodluck! Not a good picture at all, I am not in the least elated by it but someone has to do the ‘dirty job’

      On tribal issue, you see Nigeria, as you probably know is very diverse sometimes we do have to break things down especially when there are positive attitude to emulate. On this issue Yoruba women get mentioned a lot as the least bothered about proper hygiene and of course this is not true of all Yoruba women. My hope is that we will all feel uncomfortable with this not very nice reputation and try to improve on our hygiene.

      Thank you.

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  16. Thank you for complimenting my people *wink* and batting my eyelids. But I felt you were a bit too harsh on the Yorubas though true. But, if it will bring about change, then it’s welcomed. I live in a 2 storey apartment and ours is the ground floor. Hmmm, my backyard is always a mess because the other two tenants up are always sweeping and dropping things down (they are Igbo and Yoruba).
    I think some people let their environment and the people around them influence them and make them lose sight of their culture. I don’t!

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    • Thank you sister! 🙂 Was I being harsh on Yoruba? Some of the comment I read online were very degrading and depressing to be honest. And again the few people I spoke to were ‘street guys’ and were objective. I really do hope that any Yoruba lady reading this would get mad at me and hopefully they (we) will start to pay more attention and see this problem as constructive criticisms after all I am omo Yooba too and have lots to improve on.

      I do think though that Lagos is a special case, it is a melting point for all Naija tribes therefore the filthiness cut across tribes – now don’t get mad at me o 🙂

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      • LOL. I was going to reply you some days ago but got caught up with work. No I won’t get mad at you even though you managed to ‘stroke’ me…ouch! I pray all these attempt will yield good results in Nigeria as a whole.

        You are even limiting the cleanliness to body hygiene but let’s broaden the topic. The other day, we were going for celebration somewhere (child dedication), my help got down from the car with tissue she had used to clean the children and a pack of juice and looked round; then next time I turned her hands were free. I simply ordered her to go back and pick it up! Of course she started protesting about not seeing a bin around. I pointed one across to her and cautioned her to put in in her bag next time till she found one. By the way she’s not Yoruba.

        And why did you ‘stroke’ the women so much…men battle with B.Os how come no one is telling them to change their shirts :p

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        • Thank you! And there is humour and yet points taken.

          About me and women ‘stroke’ – it is more like Omo t’obi ba fe l’obi n baawi loosely means ‘parents discipline their favourite children.’ Women are my heros. From my mother to many in my village most of whom are amazing women rising against all odds, so naturally for me I tend to pay more attention to what women do as I have a lot respect for US and expectations high.

          I once told my sister my niece (her daughter) would never marry someone like her son, she was offended but when I point out how unfair she has been in terms of the way she assigns house work, she saw sense in it and trying to be better.

          Talking about body odour of our men and their shameful habit of not doing something about it. Long ago had a fling with someone in my small town, the first time we met and had chance to talk, I wanted to throw up – no kidding! It was just revolting so much that, that was the last time our bodies ever touched! See…

          And last but not the least – Good job for not overlooking your help filthiness, next time she’s unlikely to do the same not in your presence at least – if we can all do that right from our homes, Nigeria will be a cleaner place we can all be proud of.

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          • And you say you have dry humour?! Imagine dating someone like that sorry o! But I would tell him about it whether we continue that date (that day) or not. Pele.

            Thank you for checking up on us and making sure we improve (women I mean) because that way you can easily change the world and the men too. *wink*

            My help…that’s a story for another day but before she leaves me she would have learnt.

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            • M was a painfully shy guy, I would have crushed him if I told the truth but I did tell my adopted brother when he wouldn’t stop telling me how much I would miss out in LIFE if I didn’t go out with M.

              See your Help may be thinking “My madam wahala too much na” now but she will look back one day and thank you for it – she will. People tend to remember those who have made positive imparts in their life.

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              • Okay, I appreciate your tactfulness in handling that matter. but if you really wanted to go out with him, then your brother should have helped out. I don’t know but If I like the bobo I for bin don tell am sey “bros, wake up or I waka”.

                I know she will…they always do. That’s something I told myself, no matter who visits me (short or long stay) you should leave with something good that you will remember for life. but it takes so much talking at times plus showing. God will help us.

                By the way, tomorrow is her birthday and I got her a cake! I’m so looking forward to the look on her face.

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