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Tuesday 9 June 2015

Selected Nigerian Traditional Attires

In Nigeria, there is a thriving cultural identity. This identity goes a long way in determining a couple of things including the dress culture of Nigerians. In fact, it is possible to know the ethnicity of a person by merely observing the attire they are adorning. The three major ethnic groups in Nigeria - Yoruba, Igbo and Hausa have peculiar attires. Same goes for other Nigerian tribal groups., Africa’s No 1 Hotel Booking Portal, cites some of these Nigerian attires.


The Isi-Agu is a traditional Igbo-attire worn by men. It is a loose-fitting cotton shirt that’s usually accompanied by the Okpu-Agu that’s the red cap. Meanwhile, the women adorn a head-tie and a wrapper. To add glamour to this identity, a titled chief or a very important personality, a feather is added to the red cap. This attire can definitely be used to identify the people from south-east Nigeria that is Enugu, Anambra, Imo, Ebonyin, Abia amongst others.
Nigeria attire. Image credit: fashionpoliceng
Dogonriga/ Babanriga/Hula

In the northern region of Nigeria, the Islamic religion has played a very key role in determining their dress culture. The men adorn the Dogonriga which is a long kaftan that extends from the shoulders down to the ankle. The Babanriga is like the Yoruba Agbada which is worn on top of the Dogonriga. Hula is the cap that is worn to match the attire. The women dress according to the tenets of Islamic religion wearing a veil.


The Iro, Buba, and Gele are compulsory for parties in South-West Nigeria dominated mostly by the Yorubas. In weddings, naming, festivals, inauguration and other ceremonies, women adorn resplendent these resplendent attires with pride. There is even a special Gele that is usually adorned by the bride on her wedding day. The men adorn Agbada which is the equivalent of Babanriga.

A’nger Fabric

The white and black stripes attire has been used to identify the Tiv people of Benue state in North Central Nigeria for a very long time. It has become a conscious recognition that anyone adorning the attire is from the Tiv ethnic group of Benue state.

Hat/wrapper/Walking stick south-south Nigeria

The bowler hat, wrapper, velvet shirt and walking stick is dear to the people of the Niger Delta region of Nigeria. So when next you see someone so dressed, don’t ask him where he’s from. He’s from the Niger Delta region including Bayelsa, Port Harcourt, and Delta amongst others. It is rare to see a Niger Deltan attending an occasion without the bowler heart.

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