- Iroko boss Jason Njoku has taken to social media to reveal his kids neither understand nor speak Igbo
- Defending his reason for not teaching them, he stated that the world won't shake from its foundations if they don't know the language
- Njoku responded to critics accusing him of being ashamed of his heritage by stating he is proudly Igbo man even though he can't speak the language
Many Africans especially Nigerians believe in the need to be proud of one's heritage by knowing and representing one's culture at any given opportunity. For Iroko boss, Jason Njoku, however, it isn't necessarily so.
He recently lefty many people triggered after he took to Twitter platform to reveal that neither him nor his children know how to speak Igbo and that he is totally fine with it. He went on to state that his children are currently learning foreign languages.
He wrote:"My children are currently learning French. Mandarin will be up next. I intend for them to develop this over the next 10 years. They can't speak Igbo (neither can I). Its okay. The world won't shake from its foundations."
Njoku received backlash for his tweets as many people believed he was 'whitewashed' and trying to pass on that same mentality to his children.
To those people, he responded saying he was a proud Igbo man and not knowing how to speak or understand the language doesn't make him any less of an Igbo man
"FYI - I am proudly Igbo yet don't speak or hear Igbo. Does that make me less Igbo? I've been to Igbo land maybe 4 times in the last 10 years? Does that make me less Igbo? Many speak of fatherland. I have never met my father. Does that free me of the obligations of my 'fathers'.
"I have lived and I think some would say managed in Nigeria for 9 years, No Igbo. No Yoruba, No Hausa. I don't even speak Pidgin. But now I'm a slave. My colonial masters have brainwashed me. Okay. I accept. You are all right."
He continued: "My kids don't know their English names. They are Obi, Kaego and Nnenna. But they'l regret not learning Igbo? Do we even think anymore? I just wanted to see what the reaction was going to be. 40m+ people speak Igbo. The language is never going to die. Please calm down now.
"From 13-17 I spent that time in Owerri. I attended Azara Egbelu Boys and Emmanuel College. Those Igbo brothers (and cousins) basically called me a b*stard everyday."
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Meanwhile, Nigerian blogger, founder and Chief Executive Officer of 360 Group, Noble Igwe, is sure giving a lot of Nigerian dads a run for their money following these cute daddy-daughter photos he shared online.
In the series of photos which he shared on his Instagram page, Igwe and his daughter were captured sleeping in bed, then getting set for the day and finally, having breakfast together. The cuteness of the photos undeniably amazing.
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