Mixing and matching Nigerian-na with Western fashion in creative ways – Tola Adenle

September 27, 2015

Women, Yoruba History & Culture

While this is not Yoruba’s idea of pakájà – a grand male clothing item that is a big wrapper thrown on top of gbarìyẹ̀, this lovely young lady reminds me of an informal dressing style for boys and girls in my corner of Nigeria’s Yorubaland – [minus the leggings, of course] early mornings during harmattan time. After the turn around the neck, the wrapper used for night cover – aṣọ ìbora – would go all the way down as much as the fabrics could accommodate for quick outings like hunting esunsun, et cetera. The leggings, stiletto shoes and pocket book, though, are beautiful modern additions.

The more things change as has been shown on this blog on dressing for women in Yorubaland, the more they tend to remain the same.



SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 28, 2015. Noon [GMT]




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2 Comments on “Mixing and matching Nigerian-na with Western fashion in creative ways – Tola Adenle”

  1. Timothy Otunla Says:

    My wife and I called an arts exhibition we Organised in 1989? NIGERIANA….it went down well and I like the word. E kuse and happy sabbath dear.tao

    Sent from my iPhone




    • emotan77 Says:

      Dear Mr. Tao,

      Pardon the delay in getting to this. Thanks for the comments.

      I like the word, too; came out of nowhere – or from that part of the brain that is always absorbing ideas .,. From everywhere!

      My God, 1989! Always suspected there was very artsy core to that acada/cultural exterior. Where did exhibition head; where is it now.

      My regards, Sir, and it’s always a pleasure getting snippets from Nigeria’s golden past.




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