The three major tribes (Yoruba, Hausa and Igbo) with their exclusive tales and lifestyle, make Nigeria a never ending soap opera. The different cultural perspective is a major feature of everything we do. You hear stereotypic statements like”Igbo man too like money“, “A Yoruba man can never be trusted” and “Hausa people are fanatic and extremist“. The real question is: Of the WAZOBIA, who doesn’t like money? Who can really be trusted? And Who has a dominant control over his/her emotions? To lose some of these tension, we party and these are some distinctive features of the Nigerian parties.
By the way WA-ZO-BIA (a word for summing up the major Nigerian tribes) is derived from ‘Come’ in all 3 major languages in Nigeria. ‘Come’ is ‘Wa’ is Yoruba, ‘Zo’ in Hausa, and ‘Bia’ in Igbo. Clear, yeah?
Where there is food for everybody, Yoruba people refer to it as “Owambe“. The Asoebi (a trend across the WAZOBIA thanks to these guys) is a fashion statement at their parties depicting different societal groups or family affiliations.
Meals are best described as disproportionate; you have a large chunk of either fish or meat, as the case may be, but a small mould of either amala or iyan in either obe ewedu or obe egusi.
For drinks, they would take a lot of fruit juice, soft drinks and a few beer bottles (only in comparison to Igbo parties).
Then there is the spectacular yoruba music which brings out some crazily energetic dance-steps.
Whether it’s a rich or a poor man celebrating, a Yoruba party is always big. A Yoruba person wouldn’t mind taking a loan just to throw a massive party, and then stick to Garri (Cassava sprinkles)and Epa (groundnut) for the rest of the year.
The required ticket to get into a Yoruba party is your ankara.
Eni ti o ba wo ankara o le je semo – Person wey no wear ankara no go chop semo
Yoruba parties are also characterized by the many money changers (where they get fresh mint Naira notes, I don’t know) and those drummers that will hail you so much, you begin to feel like the President of “AFRICA”. Their parties literally shut down streets.
A hausa party is almost very solemn (a testament of their dominant religion) until it is time to dance.
Their high-pitched kind of music sets the tone for some funny movements on the dance floor. When they are dancing, the guys do not get too close to the ladies (like they are saving spaces for some spirit). ***This video is shocking to me sha!
They enjoy the communal lifestyle and that is why they enjoy eating together at their parties. Tuwo, Masa, Suya, Yagi, Fura de Nunu, etc can not be missed at their parties.
They are some of the most elegantly clad people in Nigeria, with clothes starched so strong a mountain could sit on them.
Their parties are definitely not as extravagant as the Yorubas’ and Igbos’.
High fashion meets merriment at Igbo parties.
They are not as frequent as Yoruba parties, so when the need arises they spare no expenses. A large chunk of the expense going into the purchase of drinks (Palm Wine, Beer, High-end wines, etc).
An Igbo party is never really complete without finding a person throwing up in the corner.
Their delicacies are of a wider variety ranging from local staple foods such as Fufu, Pounded yam and Eba. With a long list of soups that include Oha soup, Ofe Onugbu, Ofe Egusi and Ogbono soup. Garden egg, groundnut, Kolanut, Abacha with Ugba and Nkwobi are some appetizers.
They treat their parties like a business investment, hoping to get good returns from their guests.
Besides they like to show off and prove to the world – true or not- that they are doing well financially.
The live band would do a roll-call of everybody present; a witty means of getting money out of people’s pockets.
Ebe a k’anyi ga-amara ndi nwere ego – Na for here we dey sabi those wey get money pass
- People do not eat before going for parties.
- Nobody jokes with Jollof rice. It is a compulsory something.
- Except it is a wedding, don’t expect any gift as the celebrant.
- Food-smuggling in nylon bags for friends and family who didn’t attend the party.
- And that extra must feed them for like two days.