“He needs not to be blamed” Toke Makinwa defends the Oba of Lagos

Weighing in on the trending threat of Igbos by the Oba of Lagos, Toke Makinwa shared a rather lengthy but meaningful post on her take on tribalism in  Nigeria.

The beautiful OAP, attributed tribalism to past generations, saying that befriending or marrying from another tribe was and is still being frowned at in many homes in Nigeria.
Read Post below:

There is so much to say on this topic, it is
heartbreaking but real. Tribalism has been and is still been practiced today.
Lagos is home for everyone, our generation knows better too. Let’s not let this
come in between us, the OBA’s statement was ignorant but do we really blame
him????? We all at some point in our lives have been on the receiving end of
acts of tribalism. Let’s take out the tension and be real with each-other.
Our parents generation practiced tribalism openly
and they were not corrected. In some homes befriending people from other tribes
was frowned on, marrying from another tribe is still being frowned on today,
tribalism even from people of the same tribe is real too. What we need is to
educate and not instigate.
I had Igbo friends growing
up, I was the only Yoruba girl in the midst of Igbo girls. Did they make fun of
Sometimes but it wasn’t
out of malice. We lived, we loved and we are still very close. I have had a
friend’s mum tell me “haaa omo ondo ni e? Mi o mo ooo, a kin ba ondo
sore”meaning – I’m from Ondo? She didn’t know…. If she had, she won’t
let her daughter befriend me cos they don’t like Ondo people, Ondo and Ijebu
don’t mix… I was shocked. She went ahead and said “You Ondo people are
wicked”. My friend is from Ijebu ooooo, we are both Yoruba girls and that
statement was made by her mum. We are still friends today and her mum got over
it. Please educate people around you. Vote who you want, vote your conscience
but please stop with the tribalism comments. Our beauty is in our diversity. It
is a distraction, don’t fall for it. Let’s all live as one. Good morning”

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