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Can You Tell A Nigerian By Their Face?

My dad and I were talking about Naija and our people. I asked him if it's possible to tell where a black person is from based on their looks. He said yes. I then asked him if it's possible to decipher the tribe of a Nigerian based on their looks.

Landers, do u believe that is possible? If so, what are the obvious features of our people and what are the not-so-obvious ones?

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What part of Igboland are you from?

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oh my gosh! that was strong. anyway, that's how i feel about yoruba. either very very beautiful drop dead GORGEOUS or ummmmmmm

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i can look and guess 90% correct.

i'm an igbo gal: caramal-colored skin, very petite, gapped teeth with big eyes. typical igbo features.

all the 9ja guys I happen to find attractive are yoruba guys. sometimes i'll see a guy who i don't know and find him attractive. usually, he'll turn out to be yoruba. anyway, most of the YOUNG yoruba guys in my church are average-tall in height. dark-skinned with very very slim faces, slim body and very high cheek bones. my sister only likes igbo guys. she likes their stocky, muscular shape and fuller heads.

yoruba: beautifully high cheek bones for men & women. women have curvy shapes. women are usually short or average and usually have small, widely spaced eyes. smooth skin, usually. personally, i think yoruba women have exotic, fashion-model looks.

[b]igbos: [/b]there is more variety among the igbos when it comes to appearance. but many of them are brown-light skinned.  igbo women tend to be on the tall side. gapped teeth and big eyes are common. yes, igbo men have distinct head shapes. very round heads. igbo men are usually not tall.

i read somewhere that during the slave trade, the igbos were marked by their skin town. in the caribbeans, slave masters would refer to any light colored african as HEEBO.

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Yeahh

Thats Kind of easy to me

Since my mum and dad do it all the tyme

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LOL, but I don't have a big head now

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im gonna be honest, im igbo lol, our heads are huge and have those unique set of shapes you just can't describe.

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Yeah most times it's easy to tell.

@ Ikengawo

, igbos, big heads? lol

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from what i've seen

Igbo- Big heads, dominate facial features, often lighter skinned then average west african, over dressed or well dressed, good looking, slim, mainly western attire in and out of nigeria, skin often has a bunch of different colors on different spots.

yoruba- dark, round eyes large eyes, ugly lol

hausa- tall dark, toned down facial features (smaller noses smaller eyes smaller lips), skin is usually 1 soild color all over, either really good looking are supremely ugly

ogoni- SHORT, stalky, like shrunken igbo, HUGE heads, epically pushed back hair lines,

that's all i know.

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I am curious about Bini people. What makes them stand out?

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Exponent, any american can claim to be upper middle class . . . all you need is good credit to continue living in debt forever.

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@exponent

of all your posts i have been reading all these days,this last one i agree with wholeheartedly 100%

even though i am yoruba,i have had the same experience with fellow nigerians especially in my university here,they will rather sit next to a white guy/gurl in class and even if they sit next to u will avoid conversing with you,other africans guilty of this kissing oyibo Bottom are the south africans and zimbabweans, theres even an annoying little ugly congo dude who does it the most,morning of one of our exams he tried chatting the white guys up and they politely cut him short then he made his way to me and i said a quick hello and walked off

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All I know is that the Yorbas are some UGLY mofo's here in the U.S.

you can walk past a alot of the other tribes, except the really really dark ones that look a little like gorrila's, but even then they still look better than the Yorba's.

that's my experience

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u can definately tell west africans by looking at them as well as eastern southern and northern africans

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No, I didn't. I asked for specifics.

What tribe has what characteristics? How can you tell each of us apart?

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How would a kalabari person look?

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most of the time, yes. .

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@ Orumba South,

I hope u don't read from bottom to the top.

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Somehow, you can tell. Not that I am right all the time though.

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NO!

I can ONLY tell that you are from Africa.

However,

There are some ugly aZZ yourba's[sic] in Amerikka - and you can tell those big headed nigerians a mile away.

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@ E

No reason. Just felt like it.

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You  know an ibo by the shape of their head and pronounced feature, well built . especially the guys e.g http://jimbicentral.typepad.com/photos/uncategorized/2007/06/04/nigerianborn_movie_star_zach_orji.jpg

Also, akwa ibom  are usually short, round faced, e.g http://www.internationalreports.net/africa/nigeria/akwa%20ibom%202005/images/victor_attah.jpg

Northerners are quite easy, usually skinny, e.g http://www.unesco.org/delegates/nigeria/YaraduaAtUnitedNations.jpg

Yoruba ladies have usually loaded and beautiful e.g  http://www.nairaland.com/nigeria?action=profile;u=92853

Ibo girls are usually light skinned, of have gap tooth , beautiful e.g http://www.nairaland.com/nigeria?action=profile;u=81427

There are exeptions to this though, i personally fall into the category.    My tribal origin is not easy to know, because i don't have the usual features of my tribe

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@ poster,

Ur picture looks cute, may I ask the reason behind the posturing of the picture that way.

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So that's why people guess me right away. See profile pic.

What about the Fulani and Hausa? How can you tell?

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Actually, Edo's have more tribal marks that Yorubas (ma Opinion), Yoruba's also have backside, hehhee,

As for the Igbos, they get to be identified with their light skin colour. That is to say, wheneva you tell someone you are Nigerian and you are fair, instantly, the persons would ask if you are IGBO, Also, they tend to be tall and smil or average, hmm, what else?

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How do Igbo usually look?

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Ok. So how does a Yoruba look?

What would a Nigerian wear?

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I could tell, 80 percent of the time, am right

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What?

Could you tell what tribe they are from?

Most people guess that I'm igbo because of my skin.

How would you tell other tribes?

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