IGBOS AND WEALTH.
Igbos love wealth.
Igbos adore wealth.
Igbos worship wealth.
Igbos love ostentation,
Ostentation bothering on megalomania.
One with wealth is blessed by God and One without, presumably punished by the Devil.
Prior to introduction of monetary instruments,
Agricultural output especially
Yam tubers determined wealth,
Succeeded by cowrie shells.
Now wealth is determined by dollars, Pound sterling, Euro, and Naira.
And new methods of farming money, were introduced.
Productive Farmers sought reverence, respect, and status by
Acquiring or buying titles to boost personal egos.
Quest in having biggest yam barn now
Turned into quest in having biggest bank account.
A bank account has no limit as a yam barn.
Barns replaced by accoutrements of luxurious lifestyles.
Traditional titles marked by habiliment such as
Caps, elephant tusks, animal skins, and amulets replaced
By SUVs, exotic cars, castles, jet airplanes, and fake doctorates.
Accumulating dollars, Pound sterling, Euro, and Naira
Require fraudulent sharp practices such as
Swindling, theft, and confidence games.
Igbos’ quest for recognition through wealth accumulation is genetic
And inimical to Igbo political aspirations.
The highest bidder buys the Igbo vote.
Igbos must replace excessive reverence for wealth with
Reverence for honor, trust, and integrity.
There is still time to turn around the clock and
Restore the much-vaunted Igbo pride to her lost glory!