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Hello T-Fans. Below is my entry for my campus March challenge.
We are to write about Nigerians fashion sense compared to people outside the country and what we feel fashHello T-Fans. Below is my entry for my campus March challenge.

We are to write about Nigerians fashion sense compared to people outside the country and what we feel fashion is.

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What Fashion
Fashion is a form of self-expression and autonomy at a particular period and place and in a specific context, of clothing, footwear, lifestyle, accessories, makeup, hairstyle, and body posture.[1] The term implies a look defined by the fashion industry as that which is trending. Everything that is considered fashion is available and popularized by the fashion system (industry and media).

Fashion in Nigeria

The fashion industry in Nigeria plays an important cultural role and contributes significantly to the country's economy. Casual attire is commonly worn but formal and traditional styles are also worn depending on the occasion. Clothing incorporates a variety of colors, fabrics, and embellishments (often beads). Many of the component cultures of Nigeria wear styles that are unique to their tribal society and customs. Nigeria is known not only for its fashionable textiles and garments but also for its fashion designers who have increasingly gained international recognition.

Nigerian clothing usually revolves around casual attire due to the warmth in regions of Nigeria. However, there is always traditional or formal attire which varies on the occasion.[1] The following non-exhaustive list includes a few of the traditional garments which certain Nigerian people groups tend to wear.

Agbada is a robe that is wide-sleeved worn by North & Western African men. Agbada was adopted by the Hausa people, but may be known as darra’a (Maghrebi Arabic), Dagomba or Yoruba (Agbada), and mbubb (Wolof). Agbada is seen as a formal attire which is commonly paired as a 3-piece set; an open-stitched full gown, a long-sleeved shirt, and Sokoto (trousers that are slim along the ankle).[2]

Gele is traditionally a garment worn/wrapped around the head. A Gele can be looked at as a scarfed for the head used as an accessory used for a fashionable ornament for various occasions such as church activities and weddings but, also worn daily. Gele is made from firm materials.[3]

In Nigeria Veiling, it is a practice that consists of wearing a cloth or piece of garment that covers areas of the body from head to toe. Often relates to a set of social relationships that are religious, political, and or historical practices. Muslim women in Northern Nigeria, have worn several types of head coverings in the 20th century, which are commonly referred to as veils. Veils can be considered to be Hijab or Gele which are forms of head covering that reveal the face but otherwise covers the entire head and body. Wearing the veils became a commonplace. It was then that the desire to appear fashionable.[4]

Igbos are one of the largest ethnic groups in Africa. The traditional attire of the Igbo men includes an Isiagu top which is patterned with lion heads embroidered on their clothing. The Isiagu top is usually worn with trousers and traditional striped hats. The Isiagu, also called Chieftaincy, is a pullover shirt similar to the dashiki that is worn by many African people groups, including the Igbo people.

The Yorubas are people who are located in the southwestern region of Nigeria and extend into the neighboring countries of Benin and Togo. Yoruba people are also famous for their fine bead and textile, which they sometimes use to resemble their social status and personality. Beads in this case define a person's identity, status, and religious affiliation. Beads have become the most durable visual symbols of leadership, power, and success.[5]

Edo Dressing, Edo people are those located in the Edo State of Nigeria, Their style of dress is considered the wealthiest cultural style of dress. Edo people are considered elegant and colorful society. This style of dress represents the status of royalty and as well the accessory of wearing beads. Other accessories that are popular include raffia work, anklets, and bangles. Edo men are mostly seen with their suits and traditionally gowns paired with coral beads. Ekan & Ivie beads are popular for men. Traditionally, the men wore a white shirt or t-shirt with a multi-colored striped fabric. Okuku is a tradition for weddings that is combined with wearing beaded necklaces & accessories and colored garments.

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