Does anyone know his real name? Does anyone else want to know or is it just me? hehe.
Basically he asked me if tribe was a Criterion for friendship or love.
Unfortunately people sometimes have reservations and misconceptions about some tribes or nationalities that might colour our perceptions.
I remember my reaction when my brother pinged me two days ago and mentioned that he was considering bringing his oyinbo girlfriend home for a visit when he visited Naija next.
Instead of me to say "Fine" and " When is it happening"? I imagined my mother's face when her darling son brought home an oyinbo fiancée (they aren't engaged oh,i was just envisaging) and Guess what my first reaction was?
"Ehnn! You better not"
And of course he was like " Excuse me? What did you say?
I realised that i didn't really have any opposition so i said
"Emmm! I just meant what if you come home and then meet a girl you like more"? "Are you serious about her?"
Cos bringing someone home all the way to Naija no be joke. Besides they are in an LDR cos they met when he was schooling in one country, and now he is in another.
I am sure he was giving me the side eye where he was but truthfully i wasn't surprised cos ever since that boy traveled ehn na so so Indian, Oyinbo, European and Eastern European girls I dey see for him facebook.
I don't know how he doesn't meet Naija chicks oh.
In the end of course I told him whatever he wanted was ok.
I am an agbaya abi for even saying ehn! in the first place.
Today on our way to do birthday shopping my mum asked me about the same girl. He had already gisted her.
I braced myself for the worst.
And guess what? she was like "As long as he is happy and there is love.Its ok. At least he doesn't need her papers. Oyinbo girls only do shakara if they have papers and you don't. If the man doesn't depend on them to have a stay,then they respect themselves"
Toh! Me I don't know how valid that her theory is.
I was just amazed that she didn't make a fuss although in retrospect I shouldn't have been amazed.
The two of them are as thick as thieves.
The only thing she added was that she hoped the lady wasn't the nightclub going type. Smh.
But the whole issue made me smile at my first reaction to an oyinbo sister in law. Hehehe.
I realized I was projecting the misconceptions I had gotten from men I know who married Oyinbo women and wanted to come back home to Naija and the women refused,staying back with the kids. Some of them never saw their kids again.
However the truth is in matters of love and friendship it's unfair to to have a bias against any person because of where they come from. If there is love then nationality or tribe shouldn't matter.
A lot of famous people in Nigeria have married people from different countries and tribes.
Charly Boy's wife isn't Nigerian.
Osaze Odemwinge's wife isn't Nigerian.
Peter Psquare's wife isn't Igbo.
The truth is some people even don't want to marry their country person or someone from the same tribe as them.
My boss is from the South South married to a Yoruba and she said she never wanted to marry from her tribe.
So also are some of my friends and as far as I know they are having an awesome time.
This my same mother told me a long time ago that People from my town don't marry Ado-Ekiti people and Ijebu people.
Imagine! In my mind I was thinking "O-Y-O". lol
There are tribes in Benue state that don't like to marry each other at all at all. My colleague married a Benue man and when I asked if there were any oppositions she said her mother in law told her that she preferred her son marry a Yoruba lady than marry from a tribe in their state. Imagine!
Sometimes the reservations or bias are from family members with a lot of stories.
i.e Ibadan men have sweet mouth and lie a lot. Imagine.
That tribe is promiscuous.
Men from that tribe marry second wives.
That tribe kill their husbands and become landladies.
That tribe is stingy.
That tribe use their wives for rituals.
Ekiti people are Stubborn. Lol
That tribe likes parties too much.
Th women like having children for several men.
That tribe is dirty.
That tribe is this and that.
You see how biased we can be in this Naija?
And we are supposed to be one nation.
Now do you think this misconceptions have some basis or its just a matter of stereotyping.
What misconceptions have you found to be wrong about people from a tribe or a nation
Esther has a wonderful post about our inner tribal racism.
So guys! Whassup for this weekend?
I realised that I forgot to wish you happy weekend and ask what your plans were for the weekend.
Sorry! My mind was far far away.
Y'all know how I spent my Friday.
Birthday tins. Lol. It was fun sha. I was very emotionally drained but i had to dust it off,be happy and make it a memorable one for her.
Thanks for all the wishes, prayers and shout outs.
Zoe, Vira,Toinlicious, Duru ,Esther, Tosyne, Godwin and Harper.
I see all of you, and i am deeply grateful for everything.
I am still trying to figure out how to show her all your wonderful comments without her saying
"Come oh!who is this Momma Reese" lol.
Will do so later today.
I was considering waiting till Monday to post cos i am a little down BUT Harper must have suspected that i was planning to be MIA so he added question to his own comment and is sha keeping me awake at past 3am answering the question. Ok ooo)
Here's a quick shout out to my friend.Thanks. Baby steps all right. I love you.