Dear Anichebe, Thank you for your feedback. Actually, I am not Yoruba. And Yorubas are not dogs. Very far from it. Yorubas are unique people.
They have an ethnic trait of being able to read others nonverbally. Especially if they are eyeball to eyeball with you, it is a gift of God that is in their DNA and has helped them in their interpersonal relationships, resulting in them being the most successful Black African ethnicity on Earth. They understand others.
They are not like some, who make little attempt to understand others, yet want to be understood.
I have travelled the whole world, and the only African culture that survived and thrived in the Americas, despite the trans-Atlantic enslavement of Black African peoples, is Yoruba culture.
For example, believe it or not, Ifa Babalawo is one of the fastest growing religions in the Americas right now. It is the meat of the religion now known as Santeria. 5 million Americans in the United States are adherents of Santeria. And Babalawo shrines are all over states like Florida. They do not hide it.
Yorubas generally have affable, pleasant and charming personalities as another ethnic trait. They are not known to insult others without cause or provocation, and they display intolerance, which is why they have the most peaceful and prosperous zone in Nigeria, where other Nigerians thrive in ways that they cannot succeed in their home regions.
Anichebe, do you think dogs can produce the first Black African Nobel laureate for an academic category (Wole Soyinka), and the first Black African military ruler to have voluntarily handed over to a civilian President (Olusegun Obasanjo), as well as the first person born and bred in Africa to have won a Pulitzer Prize (Dele Olojede)?
If it is that easy, why haven’t others achieved it?
There are an estimated 15 Black African billionaires on Planet Earth. Five are Yoruba (Otunba Mike Adenuga, Femi Otedola, Tope Awotona, Kase Lawal, and Bayo Ogunlesi). More than any ethnic nationality in Africa.
US President Joe Biden named a Yoruba man, Adewale Adeyemo, as deputy Treasury Secretary. This is the highest position a Black African has been appointed (not elected) in US history. And Kemi Badenoch, a Yoruba, almost became The UK’s Prime Minister, and is now a UK cabinet minister. Another Yoruba man, Dr. Oluyinka Olutoye, became the first person on Earth to successfully perform surgery on an unborn baby, by taking out the fetus from its mother’s womb and replacing it back after the surgery.
Unsurprisingly, all of Nigeria’s Grammy Award winners have been of Yoruba descent, except Burna Boy, including:
Sade Adu (1986), Babatunde Olatunji (1991), Sikiru Adepoju (1991) and Seal (1996), Burna Boy (2021), Wizkid (2021), Temilade Openiyi AKA Tems (2023).
And Anichebe, don’t forget that the man who will preside over the appeal of your beloved Peter Obi is also a Yoruba dog. Let us see how he likes your description of him and his ethnicity.
In conclusion, it is a compliment to be called a “Yoruba dog,” and I thank you.