being nigerian

If these skins are based off what I think they are, and I know they are.


To quote my mother: “This isn’t even a Yoruba Masquerade, They took and Igbo Masquerade and gave him flip flops.”

Masquerades are sacred beings that represents spirits in our culture and they are to be revered and respected. Of course we know that humans are in there but you never see someone putting on the costume right? 

To SEE that a human is dressed as a Masquerade breaks the illusion of what they are and is frowned upon.

While my family is Igbo and Akande is Yoruba I spoke to my mothers about if this sort of thing is okay. It’s not. Yoruba people may handle their Masquerades differently than an Igbo person but I showed her these pictures and she said, like i quoted above, that is an Igbo Masquerade.

I have loved the amount of research, time and care that Blizzard has put into Akande but this one of the fears POCs have when other people take on their cultures but i know for Nigeria tbh DO NOT TOUCH OUR SPIRITS. Not only is it bad that they put the costume on him in general but it looks like they mixed up the tribes and that honestly is just as if not more insulting. 

Igbo and Yoruba people have enough to deal without their cultures being used interchangeably.

There are an estimated 3000+ tribes in the entire continent of Africa and over 500 in Nigeria, please do not continue this harmful delusion that all Africans are the same, especially when you want to use our cultures for whatever purposes you see fit.

I love being Yoruba. I love being Nigerian. I love being African. I love being BLACK. So proud to be just who I am..Whoever you are, whatever you represent. Be proud of it, and never let anyone make you feel ashamed of who you are, or where your blood comes from. Every single human on this planet is unique and beautiful. Appreciate yourself, appreciate our differences. 


Photographer: Guan

Designer: V. Faraji

anonymous asked:

(immigrant latina anon here who likes your blog a lot and wants to share a thought) What gets me too about the Chimamanda thing is...where is the empathy and desire to understand HER position from all these white pomo libfems? Why are THEY so certain they have nothing to learn from HER? They're so sure they know everything about our lives b/c they read a tumblr post like "uwu these silly savages were too innocent to understand vaginas" and it's like--listen to US. We're not brainwashed! (cont)

(cont) it’s like…I’m kind of on the fringes of a industry w/ a lot of well-known white trans women, some of whom I respect and admire, even, but I’m so angry rn b/c they’re…white males condescending to a Nigerian woman! And I KNOW they know SHIT about being a Nigerian woman! And it’s like…you’re really sure that one of my most celebrated and brilliant speakers on African women’s life needs to be “enlightened” by YOU, who grew up a suburban white boy??? (to be blunt about it…)


anonymous asked:

What do you think about Shias bombing al-nuri mosque in Mosul, since everyone wants to blame sunnis for bombings but when Shias do it nobody talks about it. This happens everyday in Yemen where sunnis are brutally murdered every day by Shiite militias .

a few things:

1. there is still no evidence which suggests it was “shias” who blew up the mosque lol–and, more important than that even–it’s interesting you refer to the Iraqi troops who are fighting against ISIS as “shias” as if there aren’t Sunni Iraqi and Christian Iraqi soldiers fighting ISIS among those troops lol.

It’s also not escaping my notice that you’ve used the term “Sunnis” rather than ISIS to talk about who is blowing up mosques.

2. shia militias killing civilians is indefensible, as it would be if it were any other group of people killing any other group of civilians–

3. –but for you to bring this up in response to Shias all over the world demanding justice and reprimand for their mistreatment–which has gone on for centuries and long before the war in Yemen ever begun, long before there were ever shia militias–means two things:

- your concern for the welfare of Sunnis in Yemen seems superficial to me as it only exists in response to hushing anti-shiism
- you seem remarkably defensive over Sunnis who massacre Shias and eager to spin the blame on Shias to make it seem “balanced”–desperate to make it seem as if for every Sunni killing Shias, there is a Shia terrorist doing the same to Sunnis. This is not rooted in reality, has never been rooted in reality. Pakistani shias being killed by Sunni militias have nothing to do with Yemen’s shia militias. Nigerian shias being killed by Sunnis have nothing to do with the situation in Yemen. Bahraini Shias being executed by the Sunni Monarchy have nothing to do with those countries either.

Yet there is no international outcry against those poor Sunni militant, and poor Sunni monarchies as you claim there to be. There is no one “blaming” them for the massacres they actually are committing. Like I said, 80+% of the Muslim world is comprised of Sunni muslims and the Muslim world is ruled by power sunni supremacist structures and monarchies–all of whom are fully celebrated and protected by powerful countries all over the world.

This pathetic notion that Sunnis are being “blamed” when Shias are not is pure propaganda. Saudi Arabia commits offenses against Shias every second, yet there is no reprimand for the most powerful Sunni supremacist country in the world. Sunni supremacy is celebrated, whereas Shias have always been painted as terroristic even in situations when they have been, overwhelmingly, the victim of Islamic extremism.

You need to read something other than propaganda, I hope that you will.

The new update is everything!!!

• The roses in the background still hanging around from Jack’s ‘small’ valentine gift

• Ransom freaking tf out and his comment about him and his siblings being having the nigerian parents trifecta of jobs

• Lardo in the bit with her hoodie up just juggling too much shit

• Ransom wanting to be near Holster and them spending another year together in Boston

• And I’m pretty sure I already love the new team manager like 👌👌👌


Videos like this is one of the main reasons why there is such a divide between Africans and African Americans.

Those who know me know how much I take pride on being Nigerian-American and I’m not afraid to put you in check when you’re wrong. I am here for this woman providing statistics and identiying the gaps between the Blacks and Whites but it was completely unnecessary to bring up Nigerian-American statistics or her upbringing.

At the end of the day, Africans who were born in America or immigrated to America and obtained citizenship/permanent residency are categorized as Black-American a.k.a. Black. Sorry not sorry. *Kanye shrug* To make a video like this only comes across as Africans are better than African Americans because they will become more successful and that is truly not the case. Being Nigerian-American or any African born America, does not automatically give you a ticket on becoming wealthy and successful and being Black-American does not mean you will be poor and not succeed.

Message for today: If you’re going to make a video like this, STOP being biased. You’re only making the tension between Africans and African Americans worse.




A group of Nigerian traditional hunters and vigilantes gather on vehicles on their way to engage Boko Haram militants in Mubi from Yola, Adamawa State, Nigeria 28 November 2014. The hunters have being assisting the Nigerian military in their fight against the Islamic insurgents, Boko Haram. According to residents at least 35 people, including five soldiers, were killed by an explosion near a military checkpoint in Mubi north-eastern Nigeria on 27 November 2014. (EPA/STR)


I love being African. I love being Nigerian. I love being Yoruba. But I’ve never loved how we treat our women.

Growing up, I remember watching my mom slave over a stove as she prepared meals for my father, sometimes after working 12 hour shifts. Sometimes he’d be grateful. Sometimes not. As minor as it may seem, it was something I consciously internalized; this was the opposite of how I would treat my future wife. As a maid. As my lackey. Lesser than. 

The purpose behind this shoot was to depict an African woman in clothes traditionally meant for men. A role reversal, and a moment where our queens can be seen on the same level as our kings. As an “oba”. 


There is nothing in this world like an “african proverb” because it is non existent. Being a Nigerian and coming from a country with over two hundred different dialects and languages, anyone who says “Nigerian proverb" in front of a Nigerian will never be taken seriously. How do you tell an Igbo man that? Or someone from Yorubaland or even an Iteskiri man. It is one of the laziest and quite sadly a very common thing to do. This is why when i write an Igbo proverb, i mean an Igbo proverb and when i write a Yoruba proverb, i mean a Yoruba proverb because colonization did create a Nigeria but to clump our cultures together and call it one is highly disrespectful.
—  Ijeoma Umebinyuo