Whenever we want to hide behind one finger when any social issue is being raised, we throw tribe in the ring.
I grew up with awareness of this so often I see issues from the lens of being a Nigerian first. I think the best way to resolve pointing fingers while the real issue eat us to the bone is for everyone to take responsibility for their actions. And also for us to be comfortable enough to call spade its name even if the issue raised is prevalent a tribe.
Last year I wrote an article about how filthy Nigeria is, also about the local stereotype that Yoruba women are the filthiest.
Prior to writing this article a friend who is equally a Yoruba but raised outside asked if this stereotype was true. My response to him was that first of all Yoruba women are mostly in Yorubaland so it is impossible they are the one responsible for all the filth in all of our regions.
A gentleman commented on that article a few days ago that folks were quoting me to solidify their assumptions to ridicule Yoruba women.
To each their own.
How am I to know people are incapable of understanding the piece was to show that, yes, I know about the stereotype and I am not shying away from it but the reality is that most Nigerians regardless of tribe give little thought to sanitation.
Yesterday there was a helicopter crash in Lagos, the first thing that popped out to me was the filthiness of the crash scene, are Yoruba women responsible for that filth too? RIP to the victims.
Also, other part that I did not mention in that article was the fact that Lagos, Abuja or our other big cities can not be used as yardsticks for everything about Nigeria.
A few months ago I was in one of our local markets where there is a river running through, the stalls around this area were of vegetables, meat, fish etc out of curiosity I peeped to see the water – the colour was dark grey with debris of all sorts, the river has refused to flow.
This is not peculiar to this market alone, most of our rivers in smaller towns are clogged with debris hence flooding is common – am I supposed to think the filth was dumped in this river by the alien?
In my state for example, there is no law that says all household or market places must have toilet so it is common that empty land around is another toilet.
Maybe I should have said all Yoruba are filthy just because I am one and I know our surroundings are dirty, also that lots of our homes in small towns have no toilet – now I can expect our men to red arrow me 🙂
My point is that I can not help the troll, they are welcome to pick what they liked while sensible people work to do something about reversing the bad habits in the department of sanitation and public hygiene.