Toke Makinwa "The Oba's statement was ignorant but do we really blame him?" says media personality

Toke Makinwa while not condoning the monarch's controversial statement has taken a bigger picture approach to the sensitive issue

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  play In her latest Instagram post, she broke down how tribalism has been passed down for one generation, and how we are all guilty of it. (Instagram )
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Popular media personality Toke Makinwa has expressed her thoughts on the Oba of Lagos Rilwan Akiolu's controversial anti-Igbo statement.

The highly controversial topic has created a lot of heat on social media, with many expressing their disappointment in the Oba Lagos' tribalistic remarks.

Toke Makinwa while not condoning the monarch's controversial statement has taken a bigger picture approach to the sensitive issue. In her latest Instagram post, she broke down how tribalism has been passed down for one generation, and how we are all guilty of it.

"Tribalism has been and is still been practiced today. Lagos is home for everyone, our generation knows better too. Let's not let this come in between us, the OBA's statement was ignorant but do we really blame him????? We all at some point in our lives have been on the receiving end of acts of tribalism. Let's take out the tension and be real with each-other" wrote the OAP on her Instagram account.

She further wrote "our parents generation practiced tribalism openly and they were not corrected. In some homes befriending people from other tribes was frowned on, marrying from another tribe is still being frowned on today, tribalism even from people of the same tribe is real too. What we need is to educate and not instigate. I had Igbo friends growing up, I was the only Yoruba girl in the midst of Igbo girls. Did they make fun of me? Sometimes but it wasn't out of malice. We lived, we loved and we are still very close. I have had a friend's mum tell me "haaa omo ondo ni e? Mi o mo ooo, a kin ba ondo sore" meaning - I'm from Ondo? She didn't know.... If she had, she won't let her daughter befriend me cos they don't like Ondo people, Ondo and Ijebu don't mix... I was shocked. She went ahead and said "You Ondo people are wicked."

She ended her Instagram post with "please educate people around you. Vote who you want, vote your conscience but please stop with the tribalism comments. Our beauty is in our diversity. It is a distraction, don't fall for it. Let's all live as one."

These words were written in the caption above a 'Stop Tribalism' picture posted by the popular vlogger.

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