Jalabia………………………………Nike Art Gallery, Lekki, Lagos
This man is wearing a Jalabia, which is a style of dress typical of Hausa’s in Nigeria.
His look is very chic, simple and “comfortable” as he told me.
The most interesting part of meeting this young man is e fact that he is not Hausa or a Muslim.
He is an Ogun State Yoruba.
Nigeria is made of different tribes and no one tribe has a law saying another cannot wear their traditional style of Corning to my knowledge.
Traditional attire hold symbolism because it gives cultural identity. For example, you differentiate between a Red Cap Chief and a Tuareg.
However, I see Nigerians embracing different traditional dress. That’s why one can see an Igbo women wearing Aso-Oke or a Calabaran woman wearing Igbo wrapper and top to church.
It’s more common with women than it is men.
That’s why this lady’s look du jour was very refreshing. We could do more to adopt other native attire than our own into our wardrobes.