Peter Okoye: Igbo Socio-cultural Confusion, Cultural Inferiority Complex

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Igbo socio-cultural confusion, cultural inferiority complex, mental weakness/disorder and patriotic divergence.—Chijioke Ngobili Peter Okoye (Psquare)'s recent “evangelizing” tweet about uniting Nigerians and eschewing ethnic divisions is a good reflection of the confused and divergent mental-psychological states of many Ìgbò youths born from the late 1970s to early 2000s. I have never seen a generation of Ìgbò so fake, so confused, so distracted and so missionless like that generation, of which I equally belong to. That generation is where you find the greatest number of young parents raising their Ìgbò children to be anything but Ìgbò yet they go about identifying as Ìgbò. That generation is where you find young mums competing with each other over whose children speak better English as well as ensuring that their own mother tongue—Ìgbò language—is never spoken by the children to avoid 'spoiling' their English accent. That is the generation where you find Ìgbò undergraduate students studying in universities based in Ìgbòland who go about foolishly conversing in Yoruba to show their fellow Ìgbò some urban-cultural superiority as being born and bred in Lagos — in Ìgbòland o! That generation is where you find the greatest number of IPOB and ESN critics and haters who still want the Fulani herdsmen in their villages to get out from the bushes in Ìgbòland 'automatically'. That generation is where you find the greatest number of Ìgbò people speaking and writing Hausa and Yoruba languages so fluently but tell you they “understand” Ìgbò but cannot speak and write it fluently. That generation is where you find the greatest number of Ìgbò people whose entire names are anything but Ìgbò and still do not care about the future implications as long as the American-media has reconfigured their mind to care less. That generation is where you find the greatest number of fake Ìgbò people very much eager to show love and affection publicly on social media screens but are often lilylivered to make real and true sacrifices when the loyalty to love is tested. That generation is where you find young people making jokes with their one and only natural constituency—their village—appropriating it (and the kindred living in it) to misfortunes and undesirable things. “Na im village people dey worry am”, they say and laugh away, oblivious of the monumental damage they're doing to their minds, themselves and those of their children. I really do not want to add anything to what many sensible Ìgbò people have already said in their fitful responses to Peter Okoye and his “unity” message. I only wanted to use him as a reflector of the larger stupidity dealing with his generation. It is a reflection of socio-cultural confusion, cultural inferiority complex, mental weakness/disorder and patriotic divergence. If not, he and those Ìgbò rationalizing for him would have known what their ancestors meant when they made these proverbs: “onye ụnọ ya na-agba ọkụ ada achụ oké” “a zọta anị, a zọba ute” “A na-esi n'ụnọ malụ mma wee pụọ n'ama” —Chijioke Ngobili

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