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|What Makes You An African? by Samantha124(f): 8:23pm On Aug 05|
The reason I joined nairaland was to learn about the Nigerian culture and ways of life because I just knew you guys as Nigerians and nothing much.
Do you consider yourself an African simply because you're black and of an African origin, or there are certain virtues or cultural practices that distinguish you from the others?
Since Nigeria has got more than 200 tribes, I'd like to know..
I'll start with me, I believe I'm an African because of the following:
1. I'm very much fluent in my home language Sepedi and I got an A+ in it during my matric year.
2. At home we speak strictly Sepedi, it doesn't matter whether you're educated or live in a white dominant community. Once you set your foot into the family house, you speak Sepedi, unless there are few exceptions.... Our parents can speak good English, but they just don't want us to speak it at home.
3. I can also speak five other SA languages... Sotho, Tswana, Zulu, a bit of Xhosa and a bit of Tsonga.
4. When I was 11 years old, I had the honour to attend the Sepedi initiation school whereby we were taught the virtues that come with transitioning from childhood to teenhood as Pedi girls.
5. I can recite my family clan names.
So I'd like to know about you Nigerians..
|Re: What Makes You An African? by abiolamitodun(m): 8:57pm On Aug 05|
I can speak Yoruba and also ukwani language (not too fluently but understand every bit of it)...but ukwani language is my native language...am a Nigerian and that makes me an African
So ti ye e(Yoruba)
|Re: What Makes You An African? by Samantha124(f): 9:04pm On Aug 05|
That's nice... But being a Nigerian is a nationality and not an ethnicity... That's why I didn't mention my nationality.
Because a white person can also identify as a Nigerian by nationality, yet that wouldn't mean he or she's an African.
|Re: What Makes You An African? by abiolamitodun(m): 9:11pm On Aug 05|
Samantha124:Am from the kwale ethnic group of delta state Nigeria
|Re: What Makes You An African? by Samantha124(f): 9:16pm On Aug 05|
Interesting, I've never heard about it before... I'm gonna google it...
|Re: What Makes You An African? by abiolamitodun(m): 9:34pm On Aug 05|
Samantha124:Ur welcome to do so...
|Re: What Makes You An African? by abiolamitodun(m): 9:38pm On Aug 05|
How do one differentiate south Africans ur dressing looks similar
|Re: What Makes You An African? by Samantha124(f): 9:42pm On Aug 05|
Are your attires different from those of Igbos? If you don't mind me asking.
|Re: What Makes You An African? by Samantha124(f): 9:43pm On Aug 05|
I opened a thread on that one a while back, you can check it on my profile.
|Re: What Makes You An African? by abiolamitodun(m): 9:50pm On Aug 05|
|Re: What Makes You An African? by juri: 12:02pm On Aug 06|
Interesting post. I won't answer the question directly. Rather, I will say what makes one an African is his/her connection (ancestral) to one of many of the ethnic nationalities in Africa as well as both the willingness to be identified as such and commitment to upholds the positive cultural values, upliftment and well being of the people of that ethnic nationality and of other African ethnic nationalities both home and
abroad, provided they too are of same perspective as earlier on enumerated.
Let me also add, as I have always strongly believed and will continue to advocate for, deploying all assets, political and otherwise, as time, chance, providence and hard work will make possible that: The need to redraw Africa's borders to reflect its indigenous ethnic nationality realities is one way to address the challenges we face ( whether Nigeria, Sudan, Ethiopia, Kenya etc) and that will lead the way for a more prosperous and stable future.
|Re: What Makes You An African? by Samantha124(f): 12:09pm On Aug 06|
I see... But I'd have appreciated it if you answered directly because I want to learn about Nigerians in general, I'm here to study you guys..
|Re: What Makes You An African? by abiolamitodun(m): 12:58pm On Aug 06|
Samantha124:So what have I learnt oo
|Re: What Makes You An African? by Samantha124(f): 1:09pm On Aug 06|
What have you learnt?🤔🤔🤔
Or I are you trying to asked what is it that I've learnt?
|Re: What Makes You An African? by abiolamitodun(m): 1:16pm On Aug 06|
Samantha124:Oh...sorry typographic error...I meant u
|Re: What Makes You An African? by Samantha124(f): 1:39pm On Aug 06|
There's nothing much about your tribe/ethnic group on the internet... And when I searched for your tribal attires, I only saw Igbo attires.
|Re: What Makes You An African? by Skyview01(m): 2:07am On Aug 07|
Nine(9) reasons why i believe i am African;
1. I was born to African-Igbo parents in an African country, Nigeria to be precise.
2. People say I am black even though I find it very hard to believe.
3. I carry an African(Nigerian) passport from birth.
4. I can fluently speak and read two African languages fluently. Yoruba and Igbo
5. I love African dishes and swallows. Nkwobi, Ishiewu, dried Abacha and Ugba and my traditional Awka food like: Ofe Unugbu na isi okporoko, Ofe Ukpompoto, ofe Ojowala, Akede, fior-fior. I also love my favorite Yoruba food like; Efo-riro, Ewedu ati gbegiri, amala, ewa adalu, and so on.
6. I love African girls die and I am married to one.
7. I know am an African cause started hustling immediately after I came out of my African mother.
8. The last time I glanced at my they look pretty black African to me and I suspect I must be an African.
9. I am an African because all my biological sisters are black and From Africa.
|Re: What Makes You An African? by Samantha124(f): 9:01am On Aug 07|
I want to know your heritage as an African, not your race or passports.
Sure, Africans are black, but the black race is not only limited to Africa because there are black Americans, black Europeans, black Asians, and black Caribbeans... And even though they're of Africa descent, they don't identify as Africans.
So far according to me, you only made three valid points out of the nine, number 1, 4 and 5.
|Re: What Makes You An African? by Cmeo(m): 7:31am On Aug 08|
Let me help your curiosity a bit.
I am from yoruba ethnic of Nigeria/ Africa. Yoruba ethnic group are majorly in 6 states in Nigeria and minority in state like Kogi, Delta and Edo. Yoruba are also in Benin Republic. We are known by our language (Yoruba - even though there are a different Yoruba dialets(, dance, tradition of respect for elders, fashion sense and food.
In terms of respect for elders, females are expected to kneel down to greet elders while males are expected to prostate to greet elders. Our foods are majorly swallow, processed and combined. For example we have preference for mixing soups.
Our fashion sense is iro and buba (wrapper and blouse) for women. Our native cloth is Aso-oke/Ofi regularly matched with fila (cap) for men or gele (head tie) for women.
|Re: What Makes You An African? by Samantha124(f): 5:45pm On Aug 08|
|Re: What Makes You An African? by illicit(m): 3:47pm On Aug 23|
Through my family's ballads, panegyric, pedigree I confirmed that I am Aboriginal Yoruba
My forefathers have been living in and around Ekiti state Nigeria for a long time.
One of them introduced the initiation rites for young males to transit into adult hood in our present village
My ancestors have lived in different villages in Ekiti Yorubaland.
|Re: What Makes You An African? by Originalsly: 4:48am On Aug 25|
Don't care where you come from..... as long as you're a Black man .... you're an African ... don't mind your nationality you've got the identity of an African. (Peter Tosh)
When Idi Amin ruled Uganda ... there were Indians and others born and bred in Uganda ... 100% Ugandans .... he chased them all out and declared Uganda is for Africans, Black Africans.... nationality does not count. If you're Black... you're African.
Another view .... one can be considered African if he is Black and can blend into any African tribe.
|Re: What Makes You An African? by Samantha124(f): 7:49am On Aug 25|
So a according to you, black Americans and Europeans are Africans?
|Re: What Makes You An African? by Samantha124(f): 7:56am On Aug 25|
And Idi Amin was dictator and didn't care about his people... Ugandans suffered under his rulership, so you can't tell me that what he did was reasonable.
If president Biden now chases all the blacks out of America and says he's now sending them back home in Africa because they belong there, would you be in support of it?
|Re: What Makes You An African? by piyoo91: 6:35pm On Sep 29|
Samantha124:dnt mind that guy, kwale are delta igbo
|Re: What Makes You An African? by Samantha124(f): 9:42pm On Sep 29|
Are you one of them?
|Re: What Makes You An African? by piyoo91: 1:05am On Sep 30|
Samantha124:my mother is from there
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