Thank you What part/tribe are you from?
I'm Igbo too!
Interesting b/c all my young cousins who are doing their year of service in Lagos downplay their being Igbo (although their last names are a giveaway)- b/c the chances that you will score a high paying job as an Igbo are slim to none w/o serious connection b/c of all the tribal problems that still occur - I was shocked to hear abt it all when I was there - I thought it was a thing of the past.
Gosh..my Igbo brothers and sisters have taken over but Yoruba's are right behind you O!! We colonized London and Dublin (the latter in an abnormally fast process) and soon we will match you man for man, woman for woman in Yankee!!!
But on a serious note..I have heard of blatant ethnic discrimination in Nigeria's labor market and it sickens me. I strongly feel we need some kind of EEOC or comprehensive Civil Rights legislation to ban all forms of discrimination in housing, employment, education and access to public services ( I think the 1999 constitution has language to that effect but like many other aspects of the document, its not really enforced
). Its sad but I pray over time things change...but you know what, I think, just like in here, many of these triablish BS can be diminished through intermarriage. I hope I don't sound like I have been living under a rock for the past decade, but I swear it seems like there are a lot of ethnic intermarriages now. Hopefully the process continues cos all I remember in secondary school in Lagos, was how much finer many of the girls from the east were compared to the yoruba babes (just speaking for myself here).
As per the med school thing, my sister did the MCAT and I think she got a 32 or something like that. I remember she flew to a couple of schools for interviews and got admitted to Wash U in St Louis, Vanderbilt and Yale. She finally got into a UC school (which was pretty well ranked) but she was telling me that AA wasn't really pulling much her way cos there was a huge supply of Africans/African American applicants. Considering the sheer number of med school applicants wanted to come over here from UCH, Nsukka, Ife, LUTH etc. I certainly expect the number of Naijas in law school to increase exponentially....after that I guess it will be dominating the robotic engineering/quantum meta-physics/genetic transformative biophysics or whatever the Star Wars type fields are out there!!