Years back, loose-fitting robes are worn in many different regions of Africa, especially in West Africa. These robes reach to the ankles and are either open at the sides or stitched closed along the edges. In West Nigeria a loose-fitting robe is called an agbada.
A similar garment to Agbada is called a gandoura or leppi, is worn in Cameroon, and the Hausa of Nigeria call their loose-fitting robes riga. The same garment is called a dansiki in West Africa.
These garment are most often made of cotton, agbada and other robes are typically highly patterned. These patterns may be woven into, dyed, painted, or appliquéd onto the robe. Men wear the agbada alone with trousers or as a type of coat over a shirt. As Africans have had increased contact with other cultures, traditional methods of producing cloth have declined, and many modern agbada are made from imported cloth and worn with Western pants.
Dashiki, became quite popular in the West during the rise of the Civil Rights movement in the 1960s and 1970s, which saw African Americans protesting to secure their rights. Wearing a dashiki was a way of making a political statement about the value of African her.
Ever noticed the kind of aura you feel when a man wears ‘Agbada’. There is a feeling of authority, confidence and power on a man wearing this traditional wear. As Africans, Nigerians especially, the Agbada is a trademark, its a way of differentiating the rich and classy man from others. However, that is even changing now, because they have noticed the power this item of clothing radiates and every man wants to be a part of it.
It can be sewn with different fabrics, Ankaras, lace, aso-oke, guinea etc and our celebrities have not been left out of this trend. The likes of. Ebuka, Don Jazzy, D’banj, Ice price, Yemi Alade and more has been caught in this web of the Epic return of Agbada.
No doubt that Agbada gives you class as a man. It empowers you. We have left the suits days this days on the Red carpet, the shirts and every other western clothing to embrace the uniqueness of our African identity which is very paramount in our dressing.
A wedding may not be complete in fashion if you have not spot a person dress in this style.
Who would have thought that a day would come when Ladies would go completely crazy over male traditional outfits like Agbada, don’t forget the popular saying that goes, ‘what a man can do, a woman can do better’ this our ladies have shown by rocking the ladies style of Agbada.
Agbada used to be a traditional outfit for a typical Yoruba man and it soon became an attire for all tribes. But gone are those days when this outfit was considered strictly for men as female trend setters and fashion lovers have been rocking this attire with heels, gele and even fila.
Nigerian celebrities like Yemi Alade, Uche Ogbodo, Toyin Aimakhun and more has also joined the league of fashionable ladies rocking this trend.