credit: http://fidesnigeria.org

credit: http://fidesnigeria.org

I have often joked to my family and friends that if I were to marry a Nigerian man he may likely be from the South/South Eastern parts of Nigeria. Why? I haven’t the faintest idea. However, I recently came across an article by Vera Ezimora where she satirically discussed the issues that may arise when Yoruba’s and Igbo’s become one in marriage. In Vera’s case, she is an Igbo woman married to a Yoruba man, I nodded and laughed at some of the items on her list, you can read the article here. Lo and behold, after watching the video below, I realised that there are subtle cultural differences which are able to wreck unnecessary havoc in homes, satire aside.
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Credit: tourism.gov.ng

Credit: tourism.gov.ng

‘Nigeria we hail thee.’ That is how the original Nigerian anthem began; my mum always preferred that version; probably because she grew up singing it and could identify with it. I recently looked up this version, the one she would sing from memory with a smile on her lips and a glint in her eyes. It often seemed to me that when the subject of the national anthem would come up, she reflected on a Nigeria when times were better and when the future could only be brighter. I read the old version I began to feel something I had never felt with the ‘arise’ version! I felt a pride and a hope, it seemed foreign to me. I was proud to be a Nigerian, I smiled and I easily began to recognise why my mother prefers that version. Let me tell you why. (more…)