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NIGERIA ANKARA FASHION TREND FOR THE SUMMER

Posted by Amanda Ibironke on Saturday, September 3, 2016, In : Fashion, Tradition & Culture 




The start of summer does not mean that the New Year’s fashion trends will be all entirely new. That is the beauty of trends, right?

Given the buzz that fashion shows and new fads created last year, the summer promises to be eventful period fashion wise. We expect designers to be daring and more innovative, even though style trends are the recreation of what was.

We foresee originality, a lot of skin, a serious infusion of graphic works, designer nets, shimmering eye shadows, superb colors, lo...

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THE IGBO TRADITIONAL ATTIRE

Posted by Jerry Emeka on Saturday, September 3, 2016, In : Fashion, Tradition & Culture 




Traditionally, the attire of the Igbo generally consisted of little clothing as the purpose of clothing then was to conceal private parts, although elders were fully clothed. Children were usually nude from birth till their adolescence (the time when they were considered to have something to hide) but sometimes ornaments such as beads were worn around the waist for medical reasons. Uli body art was also used to decorate both men and women in the form of lines forming patterns and shapes on th...

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IJAW DANCE STEPS!

Posted by Amanda Ibironke on Sunday, June 8, 2014, In : Fashion, Tradition & Culture 


The Ijaw is the major ethnic group that populate the Niger Delta of Nigeria. They are mostly found in the forest regions of the Bayelsa, Delta, and Rivers States within the Niger Delta in Nigeria. Some are resident in Akwa-Ibom, Edo, and Ondo states in Nigeria. The Ijaw people number about an estimated 3.4 million. They have long lived in locations near many sea trade routes, and they were well connected to other areas by trade as early as the 15th century. They can be identified by their lan...

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WINTER ESSENTIALS – SCARVES & KNIT DRESSES

Posted by Amanda Ibironke on Sunday, June 8, 2014, In : Fashion, Tradition & Culture 


Winter is a fun season for fashion. There are so many must haves for winter like Coats, Jackets, Socks, Boots….etc. The list is endless but for now we would focus on Scarves and Sweater Dresses. The great thing about these two items is that they are available in a variety of designs, patterns, fabrics and colors.

SCARVES -

A great scarf is a winter wardrobe essential. It’s no doubt that scarves are an essential winter fashion accessory. Not only are they comfortable and help to keep the ne...

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WINTER 2014 FASHION TRENDS

Posted by Amanda Ibironke on Saturday, May 10, 2014, In : Fashion, Tradition & Culture 


Its winter already.......yay! Trends come and trends go; some winter trends have been spotted this season. Want to know who determines these trends? Its mainly spotted during fashion shows of major designers (Milan, New York, Paris, London). Basic items like boots, scarves, jackets, sweaters, dark colours e.t.c., would never be outdated but styling makes a basic item look new and trendy. New trends have popped up this season like Chic Minimalism, Print meshing, Colour Pink, Sport Luxe, Casual...

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ACCESSORIZE WITH ANKARA

Posted by Amanda Ibironke on Sunday, April 6, 2014, In : Fashion, Tradition & Culture 



This is the last part of the focus on Ankara series we started last year. (It doesn’t mean we are closing the Ankara chapter totally). So far so good, it’s been quite enlightening and interesting to see the versatility of our beautiful Ankara Fabric which is used to make a variety of designs like tops, skirts, trousers, gowns, shorts…to name a few. The fabric has evolved into a huge phenomenon and is slowly taking over the fashion world…..yes!  If you are loving print at the moment, a...

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FULANI RITE OF PASSAGE (the FESTIVAL OF FLOGGING)

Posted by aMANDA iBIRONKE on Sunday, April 6, 2014, In : Fashion, Tradition & Culture 



The Fulani and Hausa people are located in the northern region of Nigeria. With a population of over 30 million, they have the largest population in West Africa because of their inter-marriages and constant interaction with different peoples. History shows that the Hausas and Fulanis have cultural similarities which led to the amalgamation and significant integration between the groups, who in modern times are often referred to as “Hausa-Fulani”, rather than as individual groups. They rem...

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HISTORIC AZUMINI BLUE RIVER SITE OF ABA

Posted by Ozue Frank on Sunday, April 6, 2014, In : Fashion, Tradition & Culture 


Are you looking for the perfect place for honeymoon, renewing your marriage vow, venue for International Conference or birthday party? Or a long holiday of munching sandwiches, picnics or relaxation? Or places where you can watch the bird swoop down into the river to get their own lunch? Look no further! Azumini Blue River is the perfect place to be.

The center which is centrally located in Azumini, South of Aba, in Abia State, the South Eastern part of Nigeria is enormously endowed with touri...

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COLOUR BLOCKING ANKARA WAY!

Posted by Amanda Ibironke on Thursday, March 6, 2014, In : Fashion, Tradition & Culture 



So we took a break from the Ankara series that started last year. We are considering Ankara blocking this time i.e. mixing and matching different Ankara designs in one outfit......it’s very possible. Colour blocking is a not a new trend, in fact it seems to be fading off little by little. By fading off I mean, it’s not as loud as when it started trending whereby it was okay for you to wear up to 5 different colours in one outfit. These days fashion savvy people are limiting it to two (2) ...

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NEW YAM FESTIVAL – IGBO STYLE!

Posted by Amanda Ibironke on Thursday, March 6, 2014, In : Fashion, Tradition & Culture 



The Igbo people are found in the South Eastern part of Nigeria. They speak the Igbo language, which has various dialects. Igbo people are one of the largest ethnic groups in Africa. The yam festival is not only celebrated amongst the Igbos; it is celebrated by different cultures all over Nigeria and West Africa. But we would be focusing on the Igbo way of celebrating new yam festival.

The New Yam festival is an annual harvest festival by the Igbo people held at the end of the rainy season in ...

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SEQUIN, LACE & VELVET, HOT! HOT! HOT!

Posted by Amanda Ibironke on Monday, February 3, 2014, In : Fashion, Tradition & Culture 


Happy New Year everyone! Hope you had a very lovely Christmas Celebration. We are starting this year on a bright note with the latest fashion trends. It’s the Hot Velvet and Lace with sequin trend!!!  The velvet material used to be associated with the Igbos. It is worn by them only to special ceremonies, just as the “Oleku” style was associated with Yorubas; so is the Velvet material associated with the Igbos. Gone are the days Ankara and Lace used to be the fabric of choice for wedding...

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THE TIV PEOPLE'S SWANGE DANCE

Posted by AMANDA iBIRONKE on Monday, February 3, 2014, In : Fashion, Tradition & Culture 


Nigeria is a country with so many different cultures and diverse languages. One of them is the Tiv people from Benue state (the food basket of the Nation) located in the middle belt area of Nigeria. Benue state is named after the River Benue. The Tiv people are from the middle-belt region of Nigeria. They constitute approximately 2.5% of Nigeria's total population, and over 6 million individuals throughout Nigeria and Cameroon. The Tiv are one of the largest ethnic groups in Nigeria and they ...

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CALABAR FATTENING ROOM

Posted by Amanda Ibironke on Tuesday, January 28, 2014, In : Fashion, Tradition & Culture 


Nigeria is a country with so many different cultures and diverse languages. One of them is the Calabars.  It is a major commercial centre in Nigeria, There are three major ethnic groups represented by three principal linguistic groups in Cross River State. These are the Efik, the Ejagham and the Bekwarra. The Efik language is very widely spoken in Cross River State.

The Fattening Room ceremony is a major tradition which is not only practiced in Calabar but also in some other Southern states th...

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AWESOME ANKARA!

Posted by Amanda Ibironke on Tuesday, January 28, 2014, In : Fashion, Tradition & Culture 


Ankara is seriously trending all over the world and we can see people of different cultural backgrounds embracing this new trend. In Nigeria, celebrities wear Ankara to red carpet events and major event. Like most fabrics, the Ankara is versatile. It is used to make a variety of styles like tops, skirts, trousers, gowns and shorts. Most Nigerian Fashion designers have a line of Ankara dresses and accessories that can be worn on any western attire to suit any occasion; they make haute couture ...

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GREETING & RESPECT IN YORUBALAND

Posted by Amanda Ibironke on Tuesday, January 28, 2014, In : Fashion, Tradition & Culture 


The Yoruba people occupy the South-Western part of Nigeria. They take their culture very seriously especially respect and greetings. This is a very important aspect of the culture and daily life. It is held in high esteem because they believe it’s more than just greetings; it goes a long way in building a person’s character. It is expected of parents to start teaching their kids at a very young age the act of greeting properly. The men/boys prostrate to greet their elders, while the women...

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LOOK FABULOUS IN GELE

Posted by Amanda Ibironke on Tuesday, January 28, 2014, In : Fashion, Tradition & Culture 

The Gele is a staple Nigerian fashion accessory; any traditional out fit is not complete without a gele. This head wrap is an important part of a traditional outfit with shoe and bag to match. Gele is a female Head wrap usually worn to occasions such as weddings, church any social event. It was mainly worn by the Yoruba women but it’s now accepted nationally as a traditional garment by all the tribes. The gele has been a cultural fashion, which has been in existence for years and has since ...

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THE HAUSA CULTURAL MARRIAGE

Posted by on Tuesday, January 28, 2014, In : Fashion, Tradition & Culture 


The Hausa people are located in the Northern part of Nigeria and having the highest number of states in the country. The Hausa cultural marriage is rooted in Islamic doctrines and marital patterns, since most of the Northern tribes of Nigeria are Muslims.

It starts with an introduction which is initiated when the groom’s family and his close family friends go to visit the bride’s family. This first process is brief, not time consuming and less expensive. Investigation would then be made un...

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CAFTAN AND BUBU – REVAMPED!!

Posted by Amanda Ibironke on Tuesday, January 28, 2014, In : Fashion, Tradition & Culture 


The Bubu and caftan have evolved into a stylish frock, but because of their wide popularity, most people have forgotten that it originated from Western Africa. Yes they did! Google it (lol)  Some West African men layer their caftans over matching trousers and a Cap which create an illusion of a large frame indicating power and leadership. The Traditional Bubu/Caftan is made with Adire, Guinea or Tie-dye and decorated with simple embroidery design. Originally, caftans are worn by the men while...

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HAKEEM OLUWASEGUN OLALEYE (SEGUN GELE), A PHENOMENAL TALENT….NIGERIAN HEAD TIE KING BREAKS BOUNDARIES

Posted by Olaniyi Abodedele on Thursday, January 23, 2014, In : Fashion, Tradition & Culture 


Gone are those days when Africans find it difficult to make a living from contemporary African dresses or attires in a foreign land. The amazing fact is that gele (head tie) is associated with Nigerian women, but funny enough this time around, the king of gele in a foreign land happens to be a Nigerian male. Hakeem Oluwasegun Olaleye, aka Segun Gele, is a man making a name for himself in a woman's world. To meet him is to understand how he became a celebrity in a field only a few years in the...

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ROCKING THE OLEKU STYLE

Posted by Amanda Ibironke on Thursday, January 23, 2014, In : Fashion, Tradition & Culture 


Oleku is back and better! It is the latest traditional attire style trending in Nigeria right now. The style was worn in the 1970s, a common traditional wear amongst the Yorubas in Nigeria. It has been worn from generation to generation till date. The style is IRO (a wrap skirt known as wrapper) worn under the BUBA (blouse/top). Normally the Iro is long while the Buba has long sleeves; It is also made to be big which most young women do not like to wear, but recently the IRO and BUBA has been...

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THE YORUBA TRABAL MARKS

Posted by Amanda Ibironke on Thursday, January 23, 2014, In : Fashion, Tradition & Culture 


Tribal facial mark is a very interesting feature of some African societies. In this edition, we specifically look at the Yoruba tribe in Nigeria. This physical feature is going into extinction very fast because of modernization and most young people do not find it attractive anymore. They would rather have tattoos all over their body... Tribal or facial mark is a specific mark, which comes in different shapes and sizes, commonly found on the face.

There are various tribal marks, by different ...

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THE IWA-JI NDI IGBO FESTIVAL

Posted by Olaniyi Abodedele on Thursday, January 23, 2014, In : Fashion, Tradition & Culture 


Across Igboland in Nigeria and among the Igbo people in the diaspora, the month of August is marked with the celebration of New Yam festival called “Iwa ji” and “Iri ji ohuru”. The ceremony is best illustrated in Late Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall Apart, published in 1958. Achebe describes the celebration of the new yam festival as follow:

“The pounded yam dish placed in front of the partakers of the festival was as big as a mountain. People had to eat their way through it all night ...

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TRADITION: CORONATION OF KINGS AMONGST THE YORUBAS:

Posted by AMANDA IBIRONKE on Saturday, January 18, 2014, In : Fashion, Tradition & Culture 


Coronation ceremonies are traditional rites to formally install kings to the throne of their forefathers as community leaders who are symbol of authority between their people and the outside world. Coronation ceremonies are well-cherished traditional activities to celebrate acceptability of an individual to the throne of traditional rulership of a community of people.

The Coronation of kings amongst the Yoruba people is a very important aspect of their culture. It defines who they are because...

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FASHION: FOR THE LOVE OF ANKARA SHOES & BAGS!

Posted by AMANDA IBIRONKE on Saturday, January 18, 2014, In : Fashion, Tradition & Culture 


They say women are obsessed with bags and shoes. We can’t be blamed; there are too many of them with beautiful designs and shapes. Asides the fact that they are a necessity; they are now an integral part of a lady’s fashion life. No outfit is complete without the appropriate pair of shoes and lovely bags!

Now back to the topic. A lot of creativity has gone into the use of Ankara for different purposes. Wearing bold colors, patterns and prints is hot right now, so Ankara shoes and bags are...

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