OUR CULTURE MATTERS
Why do we Africans go “gaga” when we see Oyinbo people wearing our clothes or eating our food or speaking our language?
Some of us react like it is the greatest thing they have ever seen and behave like they (oyinbo) are doing us a favour even when they pronounce our names wrong or cook our food messily.
We, have been practicing other cultures for generations now and it is not such a big deal to anyone.
So a number of white chicks who are studying Yoruba, dress up (badly) in Yoruba attire , take pictures and post on Facebook and I’m expected to jump for joy???
WELL I STUDIED FRENCH IN UNIVERSITY FOR FOUR YEARS AND NO OYINBO PERSON HAS PUT MY PICTURE ON THEIR WALL!!
And you and I wear Western attire everyday even to get married in. How many of our Caucasian friends do you see circulating your picture asking for likes simply because you are dressed in a nice suit or dress?
But nowadays, you see pictures of some fine young white men dressed beautifully in African Agbada, with the cap and beads for a traditional African wedding and my people set Facebook on fire circulating the pictures and gushing over them like newborn babies!
Let’s stop cheapening ourselves, please.
Let us stop seeking validation from outsiders. Don’t let anyone get away with mis-pronouncing your name. And don’t go giving testimony when someone sees the wilful destruction of a beautiful African dish as an achievement and posts the “horror ” or facebook!
Our culture is rich and beautiful – too. It is foolish when we behave like giddy schoolgirls on their first crush anytime we sing for joy at seeing a Caucasian person imbibing or simply trying out anything African. It is like we are saying “Hallelujah!!!!!! They have finally noticed us o! They have stooped themselves to wear our clothe!!!! They now see our food as fit for consumption!!! Yeeeee!! Praise God o!!!!!
African fashion whether male or female is exquisite and beautiful and lovely and I always go weak at the knees anytime I see a Yoruba or Igbo brother in traditional attire. What a beautiful sight to behold! And many white people i have seen in African attire do look really good in them too. But we should not make such massive fuss anytime we attend a mixed cultural wedding with white folks dressed in native African attire and send their pictures all over the world. They probably don’t even want the exposure!
Its time to stop the nonsense and take pride in what is ours.
Good morning, my dear lovely friends
Baroness J’s World