Tag Archives: Igbo

Big Steps, Baby Steps in a Multiculti Marriage

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A lighter moment, against the backdrop of the NYT’s account of the tragic effects of Nigeria’s new anti-gay law

Me: I saw X and Y Friday; they say hi.

O: Ah, we should’ve invited those guys to our Nigerian party.

Me: No way – the very next day your relation was in all the papers supporting Nigeria’s new anti-gay law!

O: I just think it’s time for people to face their fears. When I first arrived from Nigeria, I was homophobic, because I hadn’t been exposed. Nigerians need to learn how to deal with it.

Me: I agree, but I don’t feel comfortable inviting friends over if we can’t guarantee that someone won’t say something – or shake a bible over them.

O: If that happens, I don’t have any problem taking someone aside and asking him to leave.

Me: You’d throw a member of your clan out of your house? For real?

O: Oh yeah! And there’s no coming to The Back. In fact, I’m gonna start telling my people – don’t drink and come out to the back patio and start muttering about “Effing gays.” I’ll tell them, “This is a multiracial, multi-ethnic, multi-gender…what else? Multi-orientation household! No room for hate.”

Me: Wow, I married the best Nigerian ever!

O: And I married the best … what are you? The best Nordic-Igbo!

Me: Yeah, about that. What’s up with all the Igbo jokes your people make?

O: Uh, no time. I’ve got to go to work, my sweetheart!

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My Igbo Sisters Initiate Interesting Model/Partnership

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Umu-AdaIgbo, a social cultural organisation and initiative that serves as a rallying point for all black women across the globe who can trace their roots to Southeast Nigeria, plans to establish a specialist hospital.

The group’s Coordinator, Philomena Nnamani, stated this during the August home-coming meeting in Abia State. The home-coming event is a biennial meeting of Igbo women at home and in the Diaspora.

“We encourage all blacks in the Diaspora to establish links with their people at home in order to assist in empowerment and development projects,” she said.

Read more at Nigeria Daily Times