Without trying to discriminate or cause a tribe to be seen in a different light, there are certain things the Yorubas are known for. These stereotypes have perhaps, gone too far and have led to many misconstruing the real depth of the culture. While some mock the genuineness of the Yoruba culture with these stereotypes, discussing them may help keep the positive aspects and let go of the ill parts if they are indeed true.
Moreover, it is wrong to stereotype a tribe just because we know one or two people from that tribe that have similar attributes. It would be fallacy of generalization to conclude that members of that ethnic group are the same. We should learn to put an end to discrimination and accept every tribe as unique as they are with open arms.
Find below some Yoruba stereotypes we need to drop
1. Incessant Greetings
Yoruba people are known to be highly respectful; there is a greeting for every occasion. There’s a greeting for any time of the day; be it morning, afternoon or evening. Even when you travel and return, there would be a word of greeting. And when you stand for too long in a place, there is something to soothe you. So what is wrong with being so courteous? Isn’t it something to be embraced? Since Yoruba people are known to be tireless greeters, does it mean whoever greets like that is a Yoruba?
2. Party Fans
Yoruba people love to groove and attend social gatherings. Who doesn’t love to attend parties and get rid of stress? Other tribes also hold events and find a way to vent after going through the usual hustle and bustle of life. Every large canopy or marquee set in place is probably for some Yoruba party fondly tagged “Owanbe”. Are parties made strictly for one tribe or ethnic group?
3. Most Yoruba Girls Have Big Butts
Most naturally endowed girls are presumed to be Yorubas, same way a light skinned girl is tagged to be Igbo. Girls with big butts are concluded to be from the Yoruba ethnic group and some people even go further by guessing what their names could be. As preposterous as this is, any girl could be blessed with massive backside irrespective of the tribe. Having big butts could be ascribed to genetic and phenotypic composition and definitely not the physical characteristics of a tribe.
4. Tribal Marks
Why is it that whoever has tribal marks is presumed to be Yoruba? There are many ethnic groups in Nigeria and some of them also have facial marks. As a matter of fact, not everyone from the Yoruba ethnic group has marks. It is therefore wrong to conclude that whoever has marks belong to that ethnic group. Also, the reasons for marking someone’s face differ from place to place. While some do it for protection, others do it for identification. Does this mean only the Yoruba ethnic group, of all the ethnic groups in Nigeria find means to protect and identify their own?
While an Igbo man would naturally relate with another Igbo man upon speaking their language, a Yoruba man would pay no attention to someone who sounds just like him. For many, it is one man for himself. An Hausa man also relates well with whoever speaks his language but this is not the case with the Yoruba man. In organizations, they could be mean and difficult to deal with. Regardless of these, not everyone thinks the same way; every stern person out there may not be Yoruba.