"What were we looking at before the Igbos took over Isida and Adeti?" Ade King Ebimomi

An article by  Ade King Ebimomi... So interesting to read....


Did the Igbos put guns on anybody's head before buying up Alaba, Ajegunle, isolo and Oshodi in Lagos?

Did they use juju before the Ibadan surrendered Iwo Road to them?

And what were we looking at before the Igbos took over Isida and Adeti in Ilesa?

Where were the YORUBAS when the Igbos thrived and built 90% of the Hotels at Abuja. Was there a law that excluded the YORUBAS from selling building materials? Dei Dei building materials market in Abuja is 90 % Igbo owned.

So the more we point one finger at the Igbos, the more we have the other four fingers pointing at our laziness and lack of initiative as a society.

The YORUBAS should have been better with all our education, but we may be worse that the Fulanis who just roam around the bush.

Why? Because we lack the entrepreneurship spirit. We just want salaries from doing 8am to 5pm  job. We proceed in foolishness and we persist in hoping to reap plenty without showing hard. The Igbos are different, hence we are now jealous and envious.

We love wasteful parties and Aso Ebi. Just a little business without even making any profit yet, we usually call musicians to spay money like coffetti .

Where are all the Board Members of Ebenezer Obey today? Where is lawyer Omoyinmi and Lanre Badmus? Where is Oroki Social Club of Osogbo? Where is Felates of Ilesa and the likes whose trade mark was to bring Sunny Ade to Ilesa every Xmas, to waste all income gathered for the year?

The Yoruba society wasted their leading lights on excessive consumption and wasteful attitudes. We wasted our capital on frivolous social gatherings.

We took religion to ridicoulous levels, such that the wealthiest pastors and churches are now Yorubas. But all the wealth extracted by the churches from the Yoruba nation is also merely flaunted to show who's God is the most miraculous.

So we have become paupers and destitutes, as the Yoruba nation cannot now pay salaries. Pensions are owed for years.

Tell me, is Osun State filled with human beings or goats to have tolerated Aregbesola, when they rejected Akande. Say it loud, is the Constituted Authority of Ibadan sane to just bring about 21 Obas from nowhere to receive salaries, where there is no money to reopen Ladoja Akintola University?

Are the Ondos so wise to have allowed Mimiko to devastate their terrain as to be now saddled with 12 months salary arrears? What of Ekiti with rabble rousing Fayose and the intellectually arrogant Fayemi?

Even Lagos, there is nothing to write home about it, despite all the hype.

But the Igbos are hard workers. Let us not continue to deceive ourselves. 20 of their young boys can live in the shop from where they sell goods. There is no place too dirty or remote for them to hibernate and incubate their ideas. Give them 5 years, you will see them buy and take over all shops and lands.

True, some of them are criminals, but majority of the Igbo youths build and build physical structures away, while the YORUBAS are content with looking for salaried jobs, so that they can have siesta in the afternoons and then attend parties on Saturdays. Then spend Sundays in church wishing and praying for divine miracles.

How foolish, as the Igbo people are meeting and strategizing on Sunday, so that they can gather money and come and buy the houses and lands owned by our Yoruba fathers.

Whether we like it or not, Obokungbusi Town Hall will soon be on concessional PPP sale. The Igbos will buy it. The proceeds will be used to pay backlog of salaries owed to impoverished Ijeshas. It will come willy nilly.

It will happen even in a declared Oduduwa Republic. Afterall, the Chinese, the Lebanese and the South Africans are buying us out with reckless abandon. See how ShopRite is buying up everywhere. I heard that they bought Owena Motel estate in Akure. How come we did not sell it to the Igbos?

We shall continue to grumble and hate the Igbos until eternity. Unless we spy on them, copy their ways and imbibe their can do attitude.

The Yoruba nation and society have been pauperised and destituted. In desperation, we shall soon start to behave like the Almajiris' in the North.

In grinding poverty and out of jealousy, the Almajiris of the North regularly loot Igbo shops and businesses. Very soon Yoruba urchins will start looting too to show that they hate the Igbos.

Even some of us here will defend it to show our hatred for the Igbos. Whereas, the looting is as a result of hunger and uselessness of our society.

How sad for the Yoruba Nation.

The only thing the writer above left out is the wicked predilection of the average Yoruba nation to genuinely detest his fellow brother.

If an Hausa man is made the head of an organization, private or public, he proceeds to fill every position there with fellow Hausas.

If a Yoruba man finds himself in a position of leadership, he proceeds to ingrate himself in the position while scheming to block all avenues of opportunity for his fellow Yoruba.

If an Igbo man has 20 'boys' (assistants), he doesn't rest until he's trained all of them a d assisted them financially to stand on their own individually.

If a Yoruba man has five assistants under him, he subjugates them all and proceed to perpetuate himself so he'll be the only 'successful' person there.

An average Yoruba man is always sad and angry when his fellow Yoruba man makes a headway in life. Envy and jealousy is his stock-in-trade.

A Yorubaman will throw away the ladder he used in getting to the top so his fellow Yorubas will not use it.

The other side of this coin  is the attitude of the average Yoruba man to chew (not just bite) the fingers that fed him.

A Yoruba man will plot to unseat a fellow Yorubaman in a position of authority or influence, because they desire that position for themselves.

I see this EVERYDAY in my business; the ones who trust you the most, support your business and want you to succeed,  are not your fellow Yorubamen; they are the non-Yorubas.

Rather, your fellow Yoruba man will look for ways to undermine your efforts and do everything to see you fail. I will never understand why we Yorubas derive such joy in seeing a fellow brother fail.

The Igbos will support you, take risks with you and want to see you succeed - because they know your success will bring them immense wealth im return.

It's no wonder that the biggest, the most trusting and the most supportive of my businesses in 27 years in Finance and Investment, are the non-Yorubas.

It is also no wonder that a greater number of my closest friends - male and female - are of Igbo extraction.

In my 27 years in Finance and Investment, these 3 great Igbo men stand out as my greatest clients and dream-believers ever:

1. Engr (Chief) Emman Chukwuneta

2. Engr (Chief) Sam Okafor (of  blessed memory), and

3. Engr (Chief) Joe Anyigbo.

Sadly, in all of those 27 years, despite the fact that my operation  was and has been situated in Lagos (discounting the US and UK years), I do not have a single Yoruba client or supporter of note to point to.

Needless to say that a much larger percentage of the great friendships I've had in life (in both male and female) have been with the people of Igbo extraction.


~ Ade King Ebimomi

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