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 (?)