One of the days of the week Nigerians look forward to with great expectation is Fridays. Why? You ask. The day represents the beginning of an adventurous weekend of excitement, catching up with friends, fun, parties and lots more. No wonder the day has an acronym TGIF (Thank God Its Friday). But as cool as Fridays are, it sure does not match what many believe to be the crown of the weekend, Saturdays! So, unless you are a foreigner who just landed on the Greenland, you are sure to have heard on one of the Saturdays the term Owanbe, a word from the Yoruba ethnic group of the country which is synonymous to an event usually weddings.
This term is so pervasive that its usage cuts across all social media platforms (Instagram, Facebook, Snapchat, Twitter) with the hashtag Owanbe as people share their beautiful pictures and experiences in the parties or occasions they graced. So this brings a question to bear. What is it with Nigerians and this so called Owanbe? Well, besides the fact that it is a day to commemorate people who have taken the bold step of tying the knot, it is a day to step out in style and rock those occasions with different colors, shapes and blends of the native attires.
Many ladies look like the brides themselves gracefully dressed except that they are not wearing the ring of the day of course! Guys appear like CEOs and captain of industries even though some still earn below the minimum wage. But that exactly is the idea. Presenting individuals as kings and queens which every human deserves with the native attires which portrays glamour, elegance and above all, the African pride and heritage. No wonder it is difficult to find in such gatherings except for the groom, his groomsmen, bride and her bridal train and the presiding pastor any traces of corporate or English wears.
The good thing you will observe is that there are people of different classes and varied ethnic backgrounds sitting together to enjoy the grove of the ceremony and as diverse as the faces are, so also are the outfits. But there is something for everyone no matter the size of your pocket.
Well, this article will not be complete if I do not mention that despite the fact that people are well appreciated when they appear in such events in style, some can also be critiqued for the poor rendering of their attires or even the choice of a style. It is so obvious when its badly done and the person wearing it almost feels as if the criticism is on his/her personality rather than what he or she is wearing. That is why it is worth every price in choosing rightly where to style yourself for every occasion to look the part because you deserve nothing less as an African and much more as a Nigerian. So choose wisely and choose FRIKSTA! Bringing out the African uniqueness and royal demeanor in you! Reach us on www.friksta.com or on all of our social media platforms (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter).