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The Beauty Of Nigeria’s cultural diversity

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Hey buddies, this session is going to be quite interesting as we will be showcasing various outfits with respect to the traditional outfit of your Nigerian ethnic group.

*Yoruba Found in Oyo, Ondo, Ogun, Osun, Lagos, Kwara, Ekiti and the Benin Republic. Iro(wrapper) and Buba(top) for female and Buba and Sokoto (trouser) for the male. The male folks that slays* in Agbada and having beards have been dogged ‘Yoruba demon’.

*Izon/Ijaw Man – Ijaws are mostly found in the Niger Delta Region. Bayelsa, Rivers, Edo, Akwa Ibom, Calabar, Delta, Abia, Ondo. – Etibo is the essential outfit for a riverine Man

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*The Kalabari People (Found in Rivers state). They have this love for Indian wrappers. They are always richly dressed as such that they always detail coral beads in their outfit.

*Benin– we are the Bini speaking people, Africa’s richest Culture and Ancient Empire. When the Europeans first came to our shores, they found our architecture to be developed as their own cities (then) We reigned supreme.
The Oba of Benin is the traditional ruler of the Edo people and all Ediod people and head historic Ewek a dynasty of the Benin Empire – The title of Oba was used after the Ogiso title and was created by Oba Oranmiyan, Benin empire first Oba who reigned in 1180


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*Ikwerre is one of the largest ethnic nationality in present day Rivers State. It is made up of not less than four major Local Government Areas and occupies the largest land mass in Rivers state. Location like Port Harcourt which is also called the capital of Rivers State has attracted a lot of people and Tourist. Port Harcourt is also called the Garden City, filled with oil industries, businesses and trade.

*Tiv (or Tivi)[ is an ethno-linguistic group or ethnic nation in West Africa which constitutes approximately 3.5% of Nigeria’s total population. They live in the states of Benue and Plateau. The traditional clothing of these people is one of the most interesting parts of their culture. Tiv people native dressing is a fabric wrapped around the waist and reaching the knees. Men wear the form of a turban. Tiv often prefers black and white traditional clothes. The black colour means that the Tiv people have their roots as black people from Africa. The white colour signifies peace and love. This way, the two colours represent a zebra character in wild nature. The zebra is one of the most peaceful and mild creatures. It does not cause people any harm.

*The Efik/Ibibio people are found predominantly in Akwa Ibom state and is made up of the related Anaang community, the Ibibio community,  the Eket and Oron Communities. The Ibibio are a people of Nigeria. They are related to the Anaang and Efik peoples. During colonial period in Nigeria, the Ibibio Union asked for recognition by the British as a sovereign nation (Noah, 1988). The Annang, Efik, Ekid, Oron and Ibeno share personal names, culture, and traditions with the Ibibio, and speak closely related varieties of Ibibio-Efik.

*The Igbo people. Igbo states in Nigeria are Anambra, Abia, Imo, Ebonyi, and Enugu States. The Igbos also are more than 25% of the population in some Nigerian States like Delta State and Rivers State. Known internationally for their assorted food, rich culture and beautiful women.


*Idomas are indigenes of Benue State in North-central Nigeria, by the South-eastern flank of the region. Known to be the second largest ethnic group in the state and occupying nine local government areas, they are not only humble in nature but are also hospitable. Little wonder visitors enjoy visiting their land which stretches from the southern banks of the River Benue to the northern fringes of Igboland.

*The Idomas are not only humble in nature but are also hospitable. Little wonder visitors enjoy visiting their land which stretches from the southern banks of the River Benue to the northern fringes of Igboland. Traditional attire Idomas are uniquely identified by their red and black native attire which they proudly adorn themselves with. History shows that the traditional fabric known as ‘lli K’ Idoma,’ and which boldly distinguishes them, dates back to the reign of the second paramount ruler of the Idoma kingdom, late Och’ Idoma, His Royal Majesty, Abraham Ajene Okpabi.

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*Hausa people have the largest tribe in Nigeria. They are known for rich history, order and culture and belief system. The Hausa tribe is a diverse but culturally homogeneous people based primarily in the Sahelian and Sudanian areas of northern Nigeria and southeastern Niger, with significant numbers also living in parts of Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, Chad, Togo, Ghana, and Sudan. Hausa have a narrow choice of dressing options. The men’s traditional attire includes unique attires called Babban Riga that is commonly paired with jalabia and juanni robes. Hausa woman can be easily recognized outdoors because of the colourful outfit that are called abaya. However, that doesn’t mean that all Hausa tribe people look alike. In terms of colour and embroidery choices, you can see that tailors come up with hundreds of exciting designs. It’s a classic “we’ll work with what we have” approach, as Hausa traditional attires have something to offer every taste.

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  1. Titoh says:

    This is lovely. Beautiful Nigerian style <3

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