Tribalism to us, is a curse. Here’s why.
A. Your ethnic group becomes your identity
The social divisions in our society prevent people from seeing beyond your surname. For instance, in Somalia, if you introduce yourself as Jebril, it is not uncommon to find people asking ‘Jebril who?’ If you decline to answer then the question becomes ‘Jebril from where?’. Tribalism makes people judge you by the language you speak rather than by your personality. The absurdity of it all makes you wonder when the hell you made an application to God personally, requesting to be born into a particular tribe.
B.Afrika stays behind even if it wouldn’t have to.
Afrika has always been rich in human and natural resources. However, we haven’t reached our full-potential. Unity is what we lack. So obviously, tribalism and ethnic conflict isn’t the best strategy. People starve, get sick, die, lose loved ones. When you’re famished, sick, let down or dead you hardly ever think of getting an education, fighting for Afrika or finding the solution to your country’s social or economic issues.
C. Democratic processes get hijacked
It’s well-known that elections in tribal nations aren’t these countries’ pride. Kenya, Rwanda, Burundi, Somalia and many others suffered from post-election violence due to tribal tension. Votes aren’t based on ideological affiliations or preferences, but on tribal identities. It is deemed as a social duty to be loyal to one’s tribe. The voters do not care whether you are a drug dealer, a murderer, a saint, a corrupt narcissist, a peacemaker, or even the devil himself. If you belong to the right tribe, the post is yours.
D. Missed opportunities
Tribalism determines whether deals go through or burn to the ground. Sometimes people prefer hiring from their own tribe and doing business with people from their own region. They do this not because they are evil, but because they are more comfortable sticking with the familiar. This however locks out better suited and more experienced individuals who could have been a better fit for a company. Tribalism is therefore a hindrance to development.
E. It chooses who you love
You know the saying ‘You can’t choose who you love?’ Well you can. You should. You will. And you must. You simply cannot fall in love with someone who is not from your tribe, that is an abomination. Don’t even toy with the idea. Unless you are begging to be cast out by your family. Tribalism prohibits you from freely exploring and experiencing a culture different from yours.