Renowned writer Chimamanda Adichie has said Igbos in Lagos (Ndi-Igbo Lagosians) are too ashamed to speak Igbo. According to the writer, Igbos who grew up in Lagos run away from their ‘Igbos -ness’ especially in public.
She added that they ‘Igbos’ lost the war because they became ashamed.
See what she said
What reactions from some Nigerians were like
Go to top offices in both public and private sectors in Lagos to see a fellow Igbo in one big position,as soon as you start with Igbo greeting,most will immediately form unfamiliarity with you and respond in English especially where there are non Igbos there in his environment
— Consigliere (@NICCOLO_25025) May 31, 2018
Chimamanda is obviously saying the truth. Its not just igbos resident in Lagos alone, its worldwide. Igbos have abandoned their heritage and the language is gradually eroding. You need to be igbo to understand what she is saying
— Chukwuemeka Nnadozie (@ChNnadozie) May 31, 2018
Been having this conversation on my TL.She should have framed it better because i have encountered some who did not have the opportunity to speak as fluently or due to integration have to learn other languages.Some others i know have not bothered to care. But Ashamed i think not.
— ijeoma miriam (@ijeoma_miriam) May 31, 2018
My name is Churchill Obinna Okonkwo. I am Igbo, I lived in Lagos, but was never ashamed of speaking Igbo even in the office environment. #WeAreIgbosWeAreNotAshemed
— Churchill Okonkwo (@Churchillnnobi) May 31, 2018
She should go to Ladipo or come to my area in Okota.😀
Blatant and hasty generalization😙
— Mr Man (@MisterOrimoloye) May 31, 2018
I’m a teacher in one of Lagos State public school, 79% of our student’s are Igbo’s.
They are even intimidating we teachers with their Language @AdichieSpeaks should say something else jare.
— OmoIyaAshabi (@Sodiksan) May 31, 2018