Owambe means a lot of things to different people, but for me having spent most of my life growing up in the western part of Nigeria, I would say Owambe is a time to party. Usually associated with the western states of Nigeria, it is a time to mark milestones, birthdays, funerals etc.
What I like about them; the loud music, the dancing and the entire atmosphere that comes with it. For women you would require a loud headgear called ‘gele’, brilliant uniformed attires (asoebi) and lots of cash to spray (not compulsory). Men also come adorned in Agbada (long flowing outfits) or Buba and Sokoto as you deem fit. The fashion and style aspect comes highly inspiring to the Nigerian fashion culture and has brought a lot of dynamism to the present day Owambe party style especially the asoebi outfits (uniformed attires).
Most importantly there is usually lots of food and drinks which is one of the favorite activities of the party, although for me it is the music and spraying of Naira notes while dancing to the tune of Juju or Apala Music, albeit it is a time to make merry and be stylish.
So I attended this Owambe on Thursday, a 70th birthday party of a friend’s Mum, the color scheme was Gold and Silver, there was no collective asoebi taken, just the color scheme was same, so people appeared in different shades of Gold and Silver, while some paired up their headgears to be uniformed. The combinations were cool and trust the color Gold to have its bling effect thus everyone shined like a diamond.
These are memoirs from the #Owambe hope you find color inspiration for your next Owambe here.
Celebrant at her best
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