I was recently discussing with a friend- a Nigerian studying in the UK, that a time is coming, which I believe is here already, where what parents will have to struggle with won’t be inter-tribal marriage, but interracial or international marriage, and the reason is simple.
Judging by the rate at which foreign higher institutions of learning are greatly becoming the first choice for postgraduate studies, and from the way youths have to mix up with classmates or communities from different continents, interracial marriages are bound to take place.
This December presents another fun-fare for visitors to savour as the Calabar Carnival takes center stage.
The Calabar Carnival, believed to be the biggest street carnival in Africa, holds every year from the 1 of December to the 31 of December, with a lot of fanfare, glamour, excitement and enthusiasm.
Calabar is adjourned on every side by the famous Calabar River, which played a big role during the slave trade era that prevailed in the region.
Divided into two principal counties, Calabar Municipal and Calabar South Local Government Areas, the peaceful nature and friendly topography of Calabar makes it a must for tourists to visit whenever they are in Nigeria.
Some of the most common prejudices regarding tribe include; Hausa men are somewhat dirty with low educational attainment, Ibo men are swindlers albeit having good business sense, Calabar girls are promiscuous albeit being good homemakers, Edo men are unrivaled, Edo girls are usually international sex hawkers, Yoruba people love throwing lavish parties, and so on.
However, I realised that much as I do not agree with most of these prejudices, some of them have become ingrained in me over time.
On the table directly in front of me, there were two Hausa guys discussing and one of them was picking his nose (actually he was literally turning in his nose with his index finger), picking out the contents and putting into his mouth totally oblivious of the presence of people around who were watching him.
It was created in 2004 by the then governor of Cross River State, Donald Duke, as a vision of making the state the number one tourist destination for Nigerians and tourist from all over the world.
To keep you in the mood for the Calabar Carnival, brings you some insights into the town.
In a multi-ethnic society like ours, its almost impossible not to judge a book by its cover; in fact it does not really matter if you do so, what really matters is that in spite of your prejudices, you give the book the benefit of doubt and the opportunity to prove you wrong!
However, the issue is that many people are not willing to take that risk because to them, it seems unnecessary and it is almost akin to expecting feaces not to smell.