Bling earrings, shaved eyebrows, and funky hairstyles are not usually associated with many Fula nomads in Nigeria. They graze cows in the forest most of the time.
But like last week’s Eid al-Adha, their colorful outfits really stand out when going out to the city center of northern Nigeria and celebrating with other Muslims, as Eid al-Adha is known locally. Is.
And unlike many Muslims in this conservative part of the country, they choose to wear trendy clothing inspired by hip-hop and Afrobeat stars rather than traditional gowns and kafutan.
Jackets, ankle-high boots, and head warmers are reminiscent of the 1990s hip-hop scene, but many young male Fula nomads are more influenced by the Nigerian Afrobeat scene. Is called. Based in Lagos, hundreds of miles away, Naira Marley has been repeatedly mentioned by the delights of the capital Abuja as having the greatest influence on their style.
“I love Marley,” said Musasani, who had an MP3 bluetooth player hanging from his neck and his pants visible over his lower pants.
He and about 300 others gathered in an open field on the outskirts of Abuja in Lugbe near the airport as authorities closed parks and other recreational facilities to enforce Covid-19 regulations.
There was plenty of sunlight away from the guards, so young nomads had plenty of time to pretend to be their style and take pictures with their cell phones.
Young people are in town to celebrate with their peers, but older people usually entertain guests at home or hold joint meetings.
Adults went away when young people visited the city center of Abuja because it is considered rude for Fulani children to attend the same event as their parents.
Nigerians, especially those in the southern part of the country, cannot see nomads dressed so stylishly.
Most people only see Fula nomads marching cattle across the country. This has been a fatal problem since 2017. Clashes between them and the farmers over the rangelands killed thousands.
Cattle grazing is mainly done by Fula men. Most Nigerians visualize wearing flat rubber shoes, a straw hat, and jeans that stick to the skin.
So when they go out in all styles, they turn some heads.
Glittering sunglasses, fashionably torn jeans and effervescent shirts combine to form a magnificent array of colors.
Most men in northern Nigeria usually wear kaftan. A kaftan is a loose gown that reaches your ankles with your trousers.
Those who have more money prefer Babariga, a luxuriously embroidered three-piece outfit with an oversized garment that is preferred by politicians and the wearer spends a lot of time curling his shoulders. increase.
But even when they’re wearing kaftan, some young men do it stylishly.
Most women were particular about traditional fabrics, but women weren’t left behind, and elaborate henna patterns in their hands.
Nigeria is a conservative country, and especially in the Islamic-dominated northern part, the culture of the region’s dominant ethnic groups, Flanis and Hausas, has long maintained the traditional values of music, clothing and language. I did.
So young Fula nomads may have new influences from other parts of the country, especially in music, but “it’s not new,” said a photographer who has taken pictures for the past decade. Mudi Odibo said.
“It’s the liveliness of young people, and they all return to kaftan and sandals over time,” he said.
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