During the British colonisation and amalgamation, it took just 9 months to win the North and Southwest over, but it took 30 long years before the Igbo’s finally joined the cause.
General Olusegun Obasanjo once quoted: “You see the Igbos, there is no other tribe like them in Nigeria. They have a very unique lifestyle that you can’t compare with any other tribe. They are brave. The Igbo man loves business and entrepreneurship and would walk to the ends of this earth to get a good deal. They are also very technologically innovative and they hold a lot of bragging rights in Sports, worldwide.”
￼”Trying to tame the Igbo’s will be a very uphill task, they agreed to answer ‘Nigerians’ during colonial times doesn’t mean that their republican nature was subdued. Evidence of this has manifested over the post-colonial years.”
“From the research, I did on the three major tribes in Nigeria, it was quite revealing that an average Igbo man is smart and hardworking. Avoiding sentiments, every other tribe can testify to this”.
“There are a lot of gifted individuals among them, and studies show that the Igbo’s are the most gifted tribe amongst the black race. And of course, very competitive too unlike the Hausa and the Yorubas. No matter how many times they are beaten down, they always rise and tend to face their problems squarely”
“There is this success aura about the Igbo man that makes him very successful at what he does.”
“And like I said, It took British just 9 months to tame North and Southwest, and approximately 30 years to be able to win the Igbos over. You can live like a lord in Igbo land, they are not like Yorubas that worship rich people, your big man is in your house in Igbo land.”
AFRICA DAILY NEWS, NEW YORK