If you are new to the Gen Z vs. Millennial drag going on, allow us to give you the whole gist.

We published an article, 15 Nigerian Gen Z’ers Tell Us What They Really Think About Nigerian Millennials, and Gen Z’ers went all out. Frankly, if you are a Millennial, you’d be triggered too. Imagine being dragged by your back pain and failing knees for simply being born between 1981- 1996.

Other Gen Z’ers jumped on the dragging train and when Millennials could no longer handle the smoke, they also brought out their machinery.

First, they threw in banger tweets:

1. They dragged Gen Z’ers for their obsession with Zodaic signs.

2. Their endless hunger.

3. Their alte music.

4. They even used Tik Tok to drag them.

Yes, Gen Z’ers responded with their own bangers too, but you’ll have to check our Twitter page to see that. I’m here to fight for Millennials, please.

Although I must confess, the Gen Z’ers sacrificed FK on the altar of the intergenerational war. It pains me to show it to you, but see:

To save the dignity of Millennials, I asked them to send me their response to the dragging from Gen Z’ers. Here are some of the responses I got.

*Warren, 25.

It’s not a personality trait to use 80s and 90s aesthetics. And why does everyone in your gen want to be a “creative”? Honestly there’s a lot to admire with you guys — the boldness, the open-mindedness, etc, but that’s the awesome thing about being younger. It’s very liberating and freeing but as you get older (which will happen very fast), you will find yourself dressing in a more conservative way, sounding more conservative, and doing more conservative things. Life just does that; it’s a cycle, don’t worry. Gen A is coming for you all too.

The word for the day is “do am if easy” and the truth is that being Nigerian is tough for everyone. We millennials that made fun of the older gens have found out that it’s not as simple as it sounds and frankly, it’s been quite humbling. And yes, a lot of us aren’t well adjusted but we are Nigerians—we haven’t really healed, but we’ll eventually find our balance somehow.

I hope it’s different for you people, but I doubt it. Being Nigerian and someone’s Nigerian child usually comes with a set of wounds no one should have to bear, but you’re going to bear it, and resolving it will take time and at your own pace as you find them. Also, I can’t believe I’m saying this because I’m not even old but you all dress kind of weird. And for real, some of you need to do less drugs and experimenting, ABEG.

Gbolahan, 31.

I think Gen Z’ers aren’t necessarily right about everything when it comes to how they perceive Nigerian millennials, but they aren’t wrong about a lot. We did inherit a lot of things we consider of social value that we should instead be interrogating. While it’s easy to trot out the “they haven’t seen life” argument, remember Gen Z’ers have grown up in a world much more expanded by technology than we ever did. There is no separate “real life” for them because technology is a part of that “real life.” And they’re using this knowledge to attempt to influence the world around them in the best way they can. We can learn from them. But they should also be calming down sha. Not everytime, fire. Sometimes, water too.

Dee, 26.

Gen Z’ers can be very rude, no courtesy. They assume everyone is cool with them and just ask question anyhow. How can you reply a message with ‘yeah morning’. Iwo ati tani?

On a serious note though. They are cool, and can be extremely helpful and kind. Millennials are better diplomats though because we can make you do what we want without being brazen about it. I guess we never stopped seeing Genz as our younger sisters

Anthony, 29.

I think Gen Z’ers are bold and relentless. I admire how nothing is out of bounds for them. They speak their minds, and they are undaunted. They’re like, “We want this, we’re not going to succumb to the life that you people loved or that your parents forced you to live. We want difference and we are fighting for it.” I love that energy. However, I think there’s a time and place for certain things and Gen Z’ers don’t seem to know this.

For example, they walk into a room with an energy that screams, “I’M THE LIFE OF THE PARTY!” and you just look at them and think, “Read the room nau.”

Yes, Gen Z’ers are a lot more empathetic, in touch with their emotions and this is necessary in the society we are in today. But sometimes, they dwell in it too much. And you are almost tempted to tell them, “Can you please put your emotions aside and do what needs to be done?” They always wear their emotions as a jacket. It’s like they want the world to see it. Honestly, nobody is dismissing you and your emotions, but we need to get things done.

To be honest, I’m happy we have them. There’s a lot of work that needs to be done and I’m not willing to do that. I don’t think I have the strength for it. Which is why, when I see Gen Z’ers shouting, I think, “Yes, tell them, tell them!” And if the authorities come in, I’ll say something like, “Well, you know the young person made a point…” I don’t have the balls to say or do half the things they do, I agree. But sometimes ehn, they need to tuck the balls in or wear boxers. You don’t need to bring them out everytime.


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