Besides its prominence as an essential channel of communication with people of diverse backgrounds, Twitter has become a handy tool for most people to let the world hear their voice, especially as a platform to rant and vent out grievances.
This makes it evident that the more controversial a topic may be, the more likely it is to trend. Hence one might begin to wonder at how conversations filled with tribalist sentiments usually become top trends every other day. Importantly, it is not uncommon that most times, when people speak on just any tribe in Nigeria, it is usually centered around one (or more) toxic cultural practices that seem to have no place in the modern world today, in the mind of the debaters or discussants.
The tone for today appeared different as users took to their keypads in appreciation of the Igbo tribe, as opposed to the regular criticism. This time, it was a practice of pride for the Igbos and more beautifully, the civility with which the subject was discussed.
They won’t tweet that The Igbo apprenticeship had boys forgetting the idea of going to school so that the scanty resources would be used to send their younger ones to school and with the hope that Nwa boy will become successful and uplift his family.
— Noble Igwe (@Nobsdaslushhkid) May 6, 2020
The idea of apprenticeship or ‘Nwa boy’ or ‘Igba boi’ as it is popularly known in Igbo tribe was brought up and a number of people seemed only to sympathize with the sort of struggle that coerces young men to forfeit their education and childhood as a whole in an attempt to provide for their family. Some even eluded to the fact that this practice has contributed greatly to the economy of the country and has provided a means for young men to make a livelihood for themselves outside of crime.
A practice that should be taught at Harvard and other world class business schools.
Btw, Nigerians (specifically IGBOs who have the first hand knowledge) are the ones who should write the stories, turn them to case studies, and propagate them. The world will listen. https://t.co/asGAecKIuI
— Dr. Dípò Awójídé (@OgbeniDipo) May 6, 2020
People even came out to testify of the positive impact this system has had on them.
#Igbo I went for Igbo Economic Service(Igba boi) immediately I finished secondary school , was entrusted with a lot of responsibilities within just a year by my boss(Oga) mainly due to the fact that I was the only one that had secondary education among the boys .#Igbo Amaka
— Plato (@Plato48466760) May 6, 2020
While discussing the Igbo tribe, the beauty of the Igbo women didn’t escape the discussion, as people took to appreciating the beauties that seem to originate from the east.
80% if Igbo girls are Beautifully Made,
If you're Igbo just RT this I will Credit You😁🙏🏿 pic.twitter.com/aoQsXzivnJ
— DANNY Walter PA (@Danny_Walterrr) May 6, 2020
Of course Igbo women loving money quite excessively was discussed but of course, as a joke. All in good spirit, even though it sparked a few conversations.
We are not ready to discuss how Igbo babes legit leave their boyfriends to marry their husbands.
You will be dating someone, boom! Igbankwu bụzi next week.
No guilt, at all. Beautiful heartless queens!
— 🖤 (@Adaosisiego) May 6, 2020
In all, it was heartwarming to see Nigerians agree on a subject concerning tribe and appreciate the fact that a number of young men out there are benefiting from an old cultural practice that still has some relevance in today’s world.