Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, one of the sensational female writers Nigeria has ever produced, has called for the unity of the Igbo people. During her speech, she clearly identified that there is no clear difference in the cultural practices of the Igbo people, those around the Niger, those around the South and those to the North.
Speaking during an Igbo conference, the prolific writer maintained that she has painstakingly studied the similarities between the cultural practices of the Igbo people and came to the conclusion that “Igbo bu Igbo”. The contemporary distinctions we make today are not cultural identities, they are political identities, she added.
Citing an example with the identity “Delta Igbo”, she insisted that such names originated due to political tendencies and shouldn’t be a yardstick in identifying the Igbo people. With the recent crisis in the Southern part of the country, there is every necessity for the Igbo people to identify themselves beyond political affiliations.
Just like as Chimamanda pointed out, a cultural is very necessary for the Igbo people because it will give rise to a more organic, more wholesome, and therefore more resilient political identity. Especially at a time like this when the Igbo people are currently struggling for self identification in the anonymous multitude of Nigeria.
She concluded her speech saying; “Igbo let us unite, Igbo in Delta, Igbo in Rivers, Igbo in Enugu, it’s time for us to unite”.