“Scornful, distrustful, isolated, competitive and jealous.”
If there is one thing that migration brings to a country, it is new knowledge and education. No wonder Fox news rated Nigerian-Americans as the most resourceful and educated minority group in the United States. It is not only in the US that Nigerians are breaking barriers in several disciplines, from medicine to engineering; they are performing above their peers from Africa and other continents. The Nigerian-American income bracket in the US is far above the average white American citizens. In the United Kingdom, it is same story. The recent youth team that participated in the FIFA Youth World Cup of the Three Lions paraded a team with a substantial presence of blacks of Nigerian descent, such as Chelsea player, Tammy Abraham.
The fact remains that they are succeeding because they have been integrated into a flourishing system that supports growth and human development. Interestingly, this has greatly influenced the culture of Nigerians residing abroad who are popularly referred to as ‘Akata people’. By extension, the assimilated traits and behavioral pattern of the West have been transferred home from dress to mannerism. The prominence of the internet has also facilitated the absorption of Western culture which many Nigerians see as exotic.
Despite the progress in advancement recorded by Nigerians in the diasporas, there seem to be a critical gap, which is the failure of the whole. This is because they have pursued their quest without a commune as a whole like other nationalities, leading to the importation of gutter and rude behaviors from the West. This has dislodged their simple and communal spirit.
However, other ethnic communities residing in Europe and America, such as the Indians and the Chinese have kept their culture strong and intact. Many Indian families still travel to their homeland in search for Indian women as wives. That tells you how strong their communal bond is, even in London, they marry within their circles. From Liverpool, Huddlesfield to Rashford London, wherever they go, they carry their communal spirit. Everything they do is towards India, opportunities created in the offices in Canary Wharf and Bank in London are waiting for Indians from Delhi or Bombay because most top executives of these companies are Indians, recruiting the best of their citizens to London. There is that sense of national interest and pride. Presently, most British Call Service companies have transferred their services to Delhi. Thanks to the improved Communication Technology in India. The British-Indians have not only excelled academically, they have also imported their culture with them. The popular Holi festival of colour that is celebrated in the United Kingdom is of Indian origin. Even goggle CEO Pichai Sundararaja is more Indian than those in Delhi and remote places in India.
The communality of Indians in Britain has been very influential to their rising to political power. In most primary schools, colleges and universities you will find Indian children there. It does not stop at that, you also have Indians having a say in the way the society is being managed. That is why you now have many of them as mayor of many towns and cities in the United Kingdom, and America. British and America Indians also have a substantial representation in the British House of Parliament and the American Congress.
However, with the recent British elections, some Nigerian-Britons have began to make inroads into the British political spectrum.
Though, there is still the lack of commune which is making many prominent Nigerians in the Diaspora shy away from identifying with their heritage because of the understanding that the exotic Western culture is unique and that of their ancestry must be relegated. One would not blame them if everything that keep coming out from Nigeria is civil disturbance, extra-judicial killings, poverty, hunger and massive corruption. When they manage to come back home after several decades what they meet on ground seems to be far worse than what they left behind, even not spared of the hot heat from the Saharan sun, with their clothes dripping water from the scorching heat, intensified by the absence of power supply at the international airports. The sad part is that many go back and never want to return because of the high level of insecurity and poor infrastructure. Whom do you blame?
However, their interpersonal relationship among their fellow citizens abroad is not any better. What could have happened to their communal life abroad which they were used to before leaving the shores of Nigeria? The disturbing fact is that there is a new sub-culture which is every man for himself, on your own (OYO). Nobody cares for a fellow brother or sister, unlike the Indians. Many no longer care for national pride, they have taken after their masters back home, living a life of debauchery and dishonesty, which is affecting the way Nigerians are now being treated abroad. They complain of being discriminated against abroad, when they forget of the harm some of their citizens have done to their national image, involving in credit card theft, fraud, drugs and prostitution.
Despite the fact that Nigerians are not the only nationality involved in these crimes, but their names ring the most. This is rubbing off on the effort of other hard working Nigerians abroad.
As a result of dishonesty of some Nigerians in the diasporas, their fellow countrymen are now distrustful of every other’s intentions. They don’t want to live in the same neighborhoods with their fellow citizens, for fear of being implicated in their crimes. Many prefer to live in areas where there no blacks. They isolate their children from their extended family members because of the notion of being independent and not wanting to be bothered. The sad part is that the children would certainly find a family in the street to imbibe un-African trait and behaviours. They say living with Nigerians is too much problem. Could this be the reason for the absence of formal Nigerian communities in places like the United Kingdom, Italy, Germany and America? Continue reading