In Lagos of today, the stereotypes we hear are unbelievable, and you can’t help but wonder who brought up such ideas.
Living in Lagos has opened my ears to a lot of stereotypes, and these stereotypes need to be discarded.
According to Dictionary.com, a stereotype is “a simplified and standardized conception or image invested with special meaning and held in common by members of a group.”
Stereotypes are not only heard in the society, they are also heard in schools, at the workplace, in interpersonal relationships, etc.
It has been said over and over again that stereotypes are like mental shortcuts. They are like generalized conclusions or thoughts based on a very very small sample.
Stereotypes can include – tribal stereotypes, gender stereotypes, racial stereotypes, stereotypes in the media, age-related stereotypes, and many more
Here are some of the stereotypes we are tired of hearing:
Na Woman dey Drive?
We have heard this stereotype so many times and we are tired of hearing it. Every now and then when a woman is driving along the road and she doesn’t drive well or she misses a turn, then we hear the very familiar phrase, “na woman dey drive”. Each time I hear this, I think, “does that mean every woman do not know how to drive??’ Let us stop the stereotypes and give people a benefit of doubt. Sometimes when I am in a bus, and a woman is driving by, and she mistakenly drives wrongly, men and even some women start saying ‘na woman dey drive’. Please let us stop segregating people to a corner or judging them because of their gender.
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Igbo Men Like Money
Really? This is one of the stereotypes I also hear on a daily basis. ‘ha, he is an igbo man na, he likes money’. What if he is just about his business? How does that differentiate him from other people who are about their business also?
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Hausas are Illiterates
Let me tell you that I have seen educated Hausas. Don’t believe the stereotype that says Hausas are illiterate. So you want to say you don’t know any Hausa person that is well-educated?
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Yorubas are Dirty
Please, please, please let’s stop this. Just because you have seen some Yoruba people who are dirty does not mean Yorubas are dirty. Let us not use few people to quantify the other people. This isn’t something that is nice.
Let us identify these stereotypes and discard them, let us have the right mindset towards others, respect people, respect their socio-cultural differences, stop assuming, learn more, and ask more questions if we are not clear. Would you like someone to be stereotypical towards you or your actions? I don’t think so.
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Have you heard more stereotypes? Or do you know other stereotypes? Please let us know in the comment box below. Thank you.