Looting in Iceland, Rye Lane, Peckham.
Image by Nkem Ifejika.

Given the state of London and the UK, it seemed somehow inappropriate to ignore this in a blog post. But to make it up to you guys, I will definitely put up the ‘Igbo Girl’ post I originally wrote this week so keep checking.

As you know, the Metropolitan Police instructed parents to call their children and get those on the streets to go home. This led to a brief discussion I had with @chykere (owner of Igbopeople.blogspot.com). He thought parents of the rioters should be jailed or at the very least face serious questions.

It got me wondering how my parents would have handled the situation if I had been a teenager involved in the looting. For one thing a lot of Igbo parents have Biafran complex – they lost their property at the end of the war to the Nigerian government who quickly redistributed it – and so looting is not an option. For another they would rather kill you with their hands than have you bring disgrace on the family. A conversation between the police and my mother would have gone like this:

Police: Is this Mrs X?

Mum: Yes this is Mrs, X. How may I help you?

Police: Madam your daughter was identified on CCTV as one of the looters in Peckham/Enfield/Croydon/Hackney. We’ve finished preliminary questioning. We need you to come and bail her until a sentencing date is set.

Mum: Oh, that’s quite alright.

Police: Madam?

Mum X: We have a lot of children, officer so you can keep that one if you like. In fact are you sure she was operating alone? She has one sister she is particularly close to, you might want to come and take that one for questioning as well.

What would have been your parents’ response during the ‘riots’? Answers in the comment section please!

2 thoughts on “A very Igbo reaction to London’s looting

  1. Police: Is this Mrs X?

    Mum: Yes this is Mrs, X. Unless she has misbahaved again and he has divorced her! Anyway, why are you asking?

    Police: Madam your daughter was identified on CCTV as one of the looters in Peckham/Enfield/Croydon/Hackney. We’ve finished preliminary questioning. We need you to come and bail her out until a sentencing date is set.

    Mum: BLOODOFJESUS!!!! HOLYGHOSTFIRE!!! Ogheneruona is this what you came to London to do?? So all those clothes you have been wearing and taking pictures on facebook….??

    Police: Madam, please we need a clear answer please.

    Mum: She is not my daughter. If you can, deport her and tell her she must not come to my house!

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