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Igbo People Being 'light', Is It Exaggerated?

I know posts like this have been posted to death on NL, but are there really that much Igbo people that have 'light skin'? Whenever I go to the east, all I see are dark people and I would say about 1/20 are light, give or take. So is it exaggerated? Post your thoughts please.

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It is normal to have different shades of skin. Even white people are not all just white. Some of them have much harder skin shade than others. So, it is also true of Igbo. They do seem to have the lightest shade of dark among all the Nigerian tribes. Surely, there was the blood mix and rapes done during the colonial and slave times. However, there is no scientific evidence that this has anything to do with the Igbo’s skin color or shade. That is just the way they are born.

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I laugh at some negro claiming yoruba have arab roots and d igbo have jews that's bullsh*t scientists have proved that the first human race on earth are dark skin black from africa that like ape. White,arab chinese still carry africa genetic.

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Less efficient of vitamin d3 that make some igbo people have a light skin.

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Its possible the number of light skinned igbos may be decreasing though i cant say for sure.

But there just doesnt seem to be that many compared to before.

I could be wrong of course.

I also noticed even people who are like quarter white (with one biracial parent) often have kids who look unmixed.

in general, some black people's lightness comes from non-black admixture, some comes from albinoid gene, while other types of our lightness comes from skin lightening cream same way we see blondes everywhere overseas.

So, i'm not really sure what's going on or if its my imagination that i'm observing.

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Mixed with what? You are aware that there isn't a separate population that is light and another dark?

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Now you got my point. You don't have to vehemently defend what you know nothing about; it makes you look silly!

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mind your business and your grammar.

i dont care about sharing sentiments or anything like that.

i was not talking to you and for you to support name calling you are just as pathetic.

who gives a bleep if i am igbo or not? its my opinion and that's the bottom line.

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He simply call you what you are, Dear! Is it necessary to use profanity like a common street walker, I thought you were better than that!

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Indeed, it is your opinion, which is not based on facts. Therefore, Let the igbos tell their story, and you sit back and listen instead of you trying to tell them who they are!

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Having a light skin is not an Igbo label, there are first human beings and then Nigerians, their skin colour should not be a sign of tribe, this is not the most important, I prefer people see the Igbo like a key for economy or education for example. This light skin thing is not really important.

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Post my 'complaints' so i can explain them, Because that's not my purpose in this discussion. My issue was when u said most Africans are mixed

Anyway, 25% is substantial mixture i guess assuming your grandmother was 100% Indian of course. . .

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i am PROUDLY 1/4th.

my grand mother on my mother's side belongs to the maroon people of st. catherine jamaica.

they like a lot of maroon jamaicans are the descendants of arawak/taino indians and africans

and in recent years those descendants mixed with east indian "slaves" who were brought to the

caribbean during the 1800s.

if africans did not care then why would there be countless threads and forums of some of you complaining about us repping our other sides, not to mention your complaint two or three posts above this one?

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Unfortunately this is what happened: the Caribbean and south America were organized on a color caste system with Pure black being on the bottom and pure white being at the top. In the french colony Saint Dominique, modern Haiti, there were 80 gradations of color. These color gradations determined a persons place in society, and people who had some sort of mixture felt that it gave them approval and respect from other castes.

The legacy of this system continues today, were despite the abolishment of the caste system, people still feel like mixture is a good thing. They value it much more than what would be seen as normal by other human beings.

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To make scoring easier, I bet.

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So now the definition of mixed has switched to African-African? I thought the premise had always been African/Foreigner? Why the switch?

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Thats unusual, haha it just seems unexpected that a Somali girl would be into baseball

I like English too, well i guess i don't like it but i'm kinda good at it. So your majoring in English? see that would be too much for me, haha cant imagine. 

There is so much African history out there that no one knows about. kudos for exploring it!

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I once asked a Liberian guy if he was Nigerian and he nearly bit my head off. True story, So what is considered mixed? I know its somewhat rhetorical, but do your parents have to be different races for you to be a a "proper" biracial?

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When two people of different origins continues to marry and bear offspring through generations, wouldnt those tho groups be mixed.

Correct me if I'm wrong, havent the Yorubas/Igbos, Hausas/Yoruba, Yorubas/Calabars been marrying for years now. oOf course, you have some people who are "pure" Yorubas (like me) and some who are "pure" Igbos with "no taint".

At the rate everybody is mixing in Nigeria, in 50 yrs from now, what would we call those generations? Or is that not the standard we used to define "mixed" carribeans, i.e Jamaicans?

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But An Igbo woman and Yoruba man are of the same race, how exactly can one mix?

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Yeah sure.  (curling lips upward)

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I'll be honest I cant tell Asians apart except for Japanese but there are differences according to Asians,

Japanese tend to be the Fairest while Chinese tend to be slightly tan, Vietnamese Laotian etc tend to be slightly darker than the other two and Indonesia and the Philippines are the tannest of the Asian groups. Then some of them divide by eye creases, they can tell like Nigerians can tell each other apart I guess,

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^ Right you Yoruba people think your a lost tribe of Arabia or something. keep believing that if u wish, but please don't spread the infection Abeg.

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Exactly. I made a mistake of telling a Korean woman she was Vietnamese. She almost bit my head off. I think I said aren't you guys related by blood?

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Its funny how the moderators are suddenly busy.

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I have no problem with having different theories of the reason why some Igbo people are light, but the problem is that she is not showing any facts to back up her claims.

At no point in Igbo history was there contact with Arab people nor are there any places for overlap to occur between the two groups.

In addition to that the Igbo practice their own religion until the British arrived, the trend through out Africa is that where Africans and Arabs came in contact they often took up Islam which is the case for much of the sahel of West Africa, why would the Igbo be any different?

The fact that in recording from Europeans they remarked that some Igbo were fair and yellow in appearance, if they were having se.x with Igbo women would they not already know the reason for their looks.

The fact that fair features have cropped up Igbo art for ages before Europeans set foot

And I say this as a Black American woman

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people will always point to someone like Alek Wek or a south Sudanese person and say "this is the one and only pure african"  No the hell not, many light skinned people are even more pure than them.

The Nilotic people live the harshest conditions in Africa. There few trees in that region so they are exposed to direct sunlight everyday, the temperature is almost always above 100 degrees and there is barely any water. That is why they look the way they do.

People in other parts of Africa have adapted to their own particular climate. S.E Nigeria is heavily forested so there is enough shade for lighter skinned people to live normally.

Southern Africa is colder than other regions, thus the Khoisan have lighter skin. They also have narrow eyes like the Asians because they live near the Kalahari desert region. Ethiopia is mountainous, so it is more temperate than other parts of the continent so the people are thinner noses, straighter hair, etc.

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Look at the picture below. . this is a khoisan man, 100% pure African. How is it that almost all of them got to be light skinned, when they are some of the oldest people of Africa? just because you are mixed doesn't mean we all are. This is getting rediculous.

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It's not an opinion, there are certain signs that would have shown Arab contact, including genetics, yet there are none, even if there was one, it's not enough to have significantly affected over 20 million people because any contact would have been obviously so little as to have been 'forgotten' with no evidence. Even the Yoruba had the Arabic script and Islam and they are considered mostly darker compared to the Igbo. When the Igbo started encountering Europeans, they thought they were evil spirits.

If the lighter skin complexion is caused by Arabs that would mean that the majority of Africans are unevenly mixed with Arabs including the Xhosa who are even lighter than the Igbo and the Khoisan that have older roots, apparently.

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and who are "some people"? referring by names is polite.

your opinion.

if you think being igbo means you know EVERYTHING about your past then thats your own issue.

i am jamaican/American and don't know everything about my past. im open to other ideas. based on my observations i see the resemblance between bi-racial blacks and lighter skinned africans. also i have noted that

igbos are believed to have originated in places that are predominately "arab" today and even back then.

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Some people would rather swear on their life that light skin is only as a result of mixture with foreigners, than to understand that melanin can come in all shades.

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The point was that there are no Arabs living amongst the Igbo even till now.

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Igbo people did not have dealings with Arabs, if they did, a portion would probably be Muslim like the rest of West Africa that became Islamic. Also, they would be recorded by Arabs and probably given a name like they gave Fulani. The light skin among some Igbo people is being attributed to UV rays and the shade from the Equatorial forest, although I don't know how true that is. There have been tests on all types of Igbo people and they all came out as fully sub-Saharan, whereas the Fulani come out 5% or above Asian.

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No not really, Hausa people have slight Arab ancestry and often darker than Southerners from the pictures I've seen, so it not left to admixture, climate, diet, and plenty of other things can cause melanin count to be higher and lower in some groups.

Monalisa Chinda is light and Igbo not because admixture but because somewhere along the line one of her ancestors adapted the trait for lighter skin. The San people are their color because something may have caused the need for that adaptation.

Quite a few Ethiopians are fair in complexion and time and time again there is no sign of admixture, so its not always being mixed,

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light skinned africans are the result of mixing. it doesn't make them any less african but they are.

my bf's mother is light skinned and his father dark in complexion. On his mother's side they are light due to a certain "ancestor" who himself was light skinned in complexion due to having African AND Arab blood.

you'll find light skinned africans in areas that historically speaking was involved in the slave trade or had

dealings with arabs hence difference in hair texture, religion and language. Igbos are no exception

but from my understanding MAJORITY of the Igbos are dark skinned.

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@op your Igbo right? shouldn't you know yourself?

Well, out of the tribes in the S.E the Igbo's are defiantly the lightest skinned.

But often regular med-brown skin gets called 'light'

But as for the people that are unusually light, i think its  really cool when they come to America and everyone is confused thinking "your supposed to be jet black, your from Africa!" i think it even bothers some people.

teaches them not to pidgin-hole people i guess.

Anyway, its funny i have a relative that has the same problem as some of you guys mentioned earlier. If u see the way women shamelessly lust after him its ridiculous. Black women always lie and say they prefer darker skinned men, but i don't belive them. You guys just go insane for light african men.

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My family is the same way.

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I do not think it is exaggerated. However, blacks in general have different hues. I have seen many light Igbos and I have seen many dark Igbos. It is in our genome that we possess different colorizations. Let us not forget that we Igbos have high incidences of Albinism as well.

An example I like to use is that my brother is light, my sister is dark, while I am stuck in the middle as it pertains to color. We all come from the same parents.

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Its amazing, the things I read on NL

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hmmph! what a disgrace.

women need to realize their own power

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Omo dudu, ma fi e se ale mi.

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Omo pupa ye, iwo ni mo feran o.

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I don't think Ijaws tend to be lightskinned, but if you don't know anything about other groups outside of those you've interacted with don't make stuff up. You don't seem to "know naija people" either because many Ishan are in fact light skinned. The poster never said "Edo," he/she said Esan, Etsako, and Owan, not Edo.

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Yes, I believe it is exagerrated personally.

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They genrally prefer to marry their own women, ndi Igbo o wu ezioku?

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If Igbo men likes light-skinned girls, do they actually prefer to date white women or Asian girls?

just curious!

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It's exaggerated. But I've noticed in most Igbo families, at least one person would be light.

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Well it doesnt bother me, at all. Its her opinion and I for one, will not try to change it. I dont go after men, so if a yoruba guy likes me, thats on him.  Maybe she worried about losing her culture, I dunno.

I'm sure that thread got all kinds of negative commentary "we dont want ur men,  blah blah blah" So I didn't read it.

The OP' s post doesnt make her racist, probally tribal, but who isnt proud of where they come from?

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Mike Enzourye is a bloody midget. "light eyes" or not

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