Native Dresses Peculiar to Nigeria

One thing Nigerians do not overlook, is the way they are dressed. They take their dressing important, because their dressing is a part of their identity. Nigerian native dresses are colorful and full of pride. They are also worn with a lot of dignity and a sense of belonging. Just by looking how a Nigerian is dressed, you can tell what tribe they are.

There are three major tribes in Nigeria, and the way Nigerians dress is influenced by these tribes. We have Yoruba, Igbo, and Hausa tribes, and these tribes have peculiar way they dress.

Each native dress has a name, which gives you an inclination about the tribe it belongs to. Here are native dresses worn in Nigeria and their origin.

  1.  Isiagu:

This is a cloth worn by Igbo men, usually paired with plain trousers and Igbo accessories such as the red cap and the necklace. It is also worn with wrappers and paired with a walking stick, to show class and affluence. It is a soft cloth which has the head of a lion as patterns on it.

Isiagu comes in different colours, but the dominant color worn by Igbo men is the gold embossed color. It is rarely worn by women, but if worn, it is usually worn as a skirt. This dressing is worn only on special occasions and events.

  1.  Blouse and Wrapper:

The blouse and wrapper is worn by Igbo women and also women in the South-South region of Nigeria. The blouse is sewn in a peculiar way, and paired with wax textiles sewn into wrappers. This outfit is worn to weddings, church services and other special events. The secret to killing this dressing is by accessorizing with bead necklaces and the gele. The variation of the blouse and wrapper is worn by young Igbo maidens who are unmarried, especially in rural communities. It is the wax textile worn around the chest as a blouse, and another covering from the waist to above the knee. This dressing is paired with colorful beads and patterned hairstyles.

  1. Gele:

The Gele or Igele, is a headdress peculiar to Nigerian women, but is believed to have originated from the Yoruba women. It is worn across different ethnic groups, meaning that, a Yoruba woman wears gele, so does the Igbo woman and women from other tribes. It is colorful and tied around the head in an elaborate fashion. It is said, that you can tell how affluent a Nigerian woman is by the wideness of her gele.

  1.  Agbada:

The Agbada is a dress worn by the Yoruba men, but is often worn by men of different tribes, especially the fashion forward men. It is a flowing cloth with open spaces on each side and often paired with a buba and trouser. The Hausa men also wear this, but it is called Babban riga.

 Agbada represents a lot of things in Nigeria, but chief among them is affluence. It is often worn to special occasions, and in recent times has been worn by women, especially Nigerian celebrities.

  1.  Buba and Iro:

It is the Yoruba version of blouse and wrapper worn by the Igbo people. It is a blouse that is sewn with longer, non-fitting sleeves. It is often paired with a wrapper called the iro. The length of the iro is dependent on the age of the woman, as younger women prefer a shorter iro.

  1.  Abaya:

The Hausa women are recognized anywhere by their colorful embroidered Abaya. The Abaya is a long flowing dress which is worn with a veil over the head. It is a loose fitting dress that has embroidered neckline, and long sleeves. It is in accordance with the Hausa culture that forbids exposing a woman’s body.

7 Places to Visit in Nigeria

The colour and richness travel add to our lives, cannot be overemphasized. Yet, our overall vacation experience is much more the hotel, or the new foods and culture we experience. It is also about the places we visit while on our trip.

Nigeria is fast becoming a tourist destination because of the unique places it has to offer to tourist.  Travelers to Nigeria are presented with a range of places they can visit, while traveling in Nigeria.

These ten (10) places are the ‘must-see’ places in Nigeria.

  1.  Obudu Mountain Resort:

Obudu mountain resort is at the top of this list for a reason. It is the most exotic place I have ever been in Nigeria. The waterfalls, the cable car (I almost died from fear of height, when I boarded the cable car for the first time, but the second time was so fun), the cool temperature, the mountains,  and the canopy walkways, are just a tip of the iceberg of fun you will find in Obudu mountain resort.

It was formally called Obudu Cattle ranch, and is located on the Obudu Plateau, in Cross-River state.

 

  1.  Idanre Hills:

Located in Ondo state, Idanre hills is made up of high plains and valleys, with inselbergs measuring up to 3000 ft. above sea level. It is house to the Owa palace, Thunder water, Agboorun footprints. The rocks have inscriptions that have not been deciphered by anyone and believed to be supernatural. Not forgetting the Arun River which has people traveling from far and near, because it is believed to have the powers to heal all kinds of diseases.

 

  1.  NOK village:

This is located in Kaduna state, and is home to figurines and stone works. The people of Nok were the first to use terracotta in sculpting. Strangely, the people of Nok disappeared in 200 AD, but before then, they had an advanced social system, not forgetting their artistic excellence. Take a trip to Nok village, to be taken back into the past of our world. The place is great for history students, archaeologists, and anyone with the innate desire to know history.

 

  1.  Ikoogosi Warm Spring:

The Ikoogosi warm spring is located in Ekiti state, and has become one of the most visited tourist attraction centres. It is surrounded by lush vegetations, rolling hills, clear skies and a warm spring that defies human reason in its ability to heal skin diseases, hypertension, arthritis and other ailments.

 

  1.  Osun Sacred Groove:

This is located on the outskirts of Osogbo in Osun state. The dense forest is one of the remaining high forests in Southern Nigeria. Regarded as the home of the goddess of fertility, Osun, and the identity of the Yoruba tribe, the landscape of this groove is dotted with shrines, sanctuaries, scriptures, and artworks in reverence of the goddess Osun.

A visit here gives you a firsthand taste of culture of the Yoruba people and a dose of spirituality.

 

  1.  Oluwo Rock:

A visit to Abeokuta without a visit to Olumo rock is really no visit at all. Abeokuta’s identity is entwined with that of Olumo rock because, the name means ‘under the rock’. This is referring to the use of the rock as a fortress and strategic position for offense during war, for the Egba people in the 19th century.

The highest point of the rock stands at 137 meters above sea level, and has stairs carved into the rock to aid climbing. There is also an elevator to convey those who want to go to the apex; this comes at a cost.

The rock features natural tunnels, unusual plants, 131 year old priestesses (Iya Orisa) living under the rock, the cowries-studded statues, and carvings. The Itoku market lies outside the Olumo rock, where you can buy beautiful Adire (tie-and-dye) fabric. There is also a museum at the foot of the rock. An all-round experience will be achieved with a visit to Olumo rock.

 

  1.  Oguta Lake:

The Oguta freshwater lake is located in Oguta local government of Imo state. One of the wonders of the world is found in this part of Imo state, where two rivers flow side by side without ever coming together. The river Urashi is one of the two rivers that flow side by side, and it empties alongside with rivers into the Oguta Lake. The locals believe the rivers are male and female (man and wife), who had a quarrel and decided to flow separately.