Differences Between Yorùbá And Igbo People.

Hmm. Yoruba people. Igbo people. These two tribes are closely related as much as they’d think they aren’t. As you well know, the Yoruba tribe is one of the many ethnic groups we have in Nigeria. And the Igbo tribe is also another beautiful tribe we have.

I will try to make this post as honest as possible. All my statements here are from personal observations and my OWN EXPERIENCES. So, please, take with a grain of salt. So, like the topic of this article states, I want to talk about the physical and behavioral differences in appearance and behaviour between the two major Nigerian tribes that is, Igbo and Yoruba. What facial features are peculiar to each one? What behaviors are common with each tribe? I will be answering that in this post. Keep reading…

Well, for starters, I think we are all People, so regardless of our different physical characteristics, we are ALL EQUAL HUMANS. And having one physical characteristic that the other tribe doesn’t have, doesn’t make you lesser in any way. Igbos and Yorubas are both Africans. This means that we are both Negroes when it comes to race. For this, we are unique.

We are blacks and due to this, we have broad nose, thick lips, dark skin tone with huge Melanin content, and kinky curly Afro hair. All these characteristics are common to both Igbos and Yorubas. Why? Because we are both Africans and Negroes. This is just the same way the Asians have similar looks as well as the Caucasians. No race is higher. We are all unique and have our individual differences.

So, let’s get to the differences between Igbos and Yorubas, shall we?

Some things are distinct about Yoruba People that are different from Most Igbos I’ve observed;

1. Yoruba people are more predominantly very dark skinned. What this means is that, there are many people with dark skin tone that are Yoruba more than we have in Igbo tribe. Any Nigerian can tell you this. There is a larger number of Yorubas with dark skin (chocolate color) than Igbos.

2. Yoruba people tend be more jovial and super friendly. This is from my observation and I got confirmation when I read, Chimamanda Adichie’s novel Half of a Yellow Sun. Read the book’s first chapters and see that Chimamanda confirmed this.

3. In the book, Chimamanda also wrote that Yoruba people are more prone to throwing extravagant parties. Well, yes, we Yorubas are known for our Saturday Owambes!!

4. Yoruba people tend to be more loud in speaking tone.

5. Yoruba people so much value respect and traditions. Especially Respect! 😂

6. Yoruba men are notoriously called Yoruba Demons. 😑 I wonder why..

7. Yoruba people have a distinct language with different dialects.

8. Yeah. Yoruba people reside in South Western Nigeria.

9. Yorùbá People are a combination of Muslims, Christians and Traditional Religion Worshippers.

I can’t seem to think of any other peculiar traits in behavior or physical characteristics that Yoruba people have. Please if you know, kindly comment your own! No insults!

Peculiar traits in behavior and appearance of Igbos;

1. I’ve met a lot of fair skinned Igbo people. There seems to be a higher number of people with fair skin in Igbo tribe. I wonder why. They have dark skinned people too. But they also have a high number of fair skinned peeps. Some people say, Igbo people have ancestral linkage to Egyptians. Who knows? 🤷

2. Igbo people are known all over Nigeria for their love for business. And yes, money.. Ego. As they would say..

3. Igbo people tend to have a muscular and sturdy appearance. From what I’ve seen that is. Even with their females.

4. I’ve seen a number of Igbo women sprout beards and chest hair. I don’t think I have noticed this in any Yoruba woman.

5. Igbo people have a distinct language with different dialects.

6. They also have a distinct Igbo accent when they speak English language.

7. The Igbos I know are not as jovial as Yorubas generally. And they are not so terribly Party minded. 😟Lol.

8. A lot of Igbo people are christians especially Catholic and are rarely Muslims. Igbos also have their own traditional religions.

9. Igbos reside mainly in South Eastern Nigeria.

So! There! I think I have done my part! Did you agree with my own observed differences? If you do, comment! If you don’t, tell me why in the comments! Much love!

Moyinoluwa Olawoye

I am Moyinoluwa. A young Nigerian adult. Trying to make Yoruba more understandable and relatable. And of course, I am the founder of this beautiful website you are reading. 😍 Follow me on Facebook and Twitter! Don't forget to subscribe to the blog below too!

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I am Moyinoluwa. A young Nigerian adult. Trying to make Yoruba more understandable and relatable. And of course, I am the founder of this beautiful website you are reading. 😍 Follow me on Facebook and Twitter! Don't forget to subscribe to the blog below too!

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