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Nigerian traditional attire

There was a time when dressing in the Nigerian traditional attire was seen as dressing down, for the older folk, or relegated to specific occasions, like weddings, church/mosque and for Fridays at the office. Traditional Nigerian couture has survived these stereotypes over the years. To the credit of Nigerian designers and their counterparts across the continent, the designs have fought their way back and in the process, reestablishing itself as a social must-have amongst the old and youthful.

In modern traditional Nigerian designs, you will notice a dash of the ever present European influence, the urge to play with bright coloured fabrics and daring designs that epitomize the confidence of designers who apparently are not scared to try new things. The great thing about the Renaissance of Nigerian traditional design is that, the designs have kept to their roots and has, in a very special blend of the old and modern, birthed beautifully crafted designs of fitted dresses for women and waist-to-ankle length pencil bottoms for men.

So you don’t come across as a Neanderthal, it is imperative that as a fashion forward male, you learn how to wear your native; how to mix colours, and how to put the right pieces together, in order to achieve a dapper African Traditional look. Who better to learn from than 10 of the best dressed Nigerians?

Denola Grey

The glamour boy stuns in this flowing blue agbada  Nigerian traditional attire, embroiled in gold, a pair of golden cufflinks topped with a Fila cap. He finishes off his look in trendy brown suede tassel loafers. The agbada is the favoured design for the modern day Nigerian male wedding goer.


The Nigerian millionaire big boy looks dapper in the senator style Nigerian traditional attire, designed with floral embroidery, a brown Hausa Taqiyah cap. He finished the look in black patent tassel loafers. He has an exquisite fashion taste.

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Mai Atafo

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Our Designer 2 know for this week, designer extraordinaire, Mai Atafo in his signature arms crossed pose, charms us in one of his designs. He’s wearing a white button down kaftan shirt, with white pants, grey tassel loafers, topped off with Hausa Taqiyah cap.

Noble Igwe

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Noble Igwe poses in black Resource Control Nigerian traditional attire , a red leather slip-on and a cow boy hat, with a man purse in hand. If am to make an analysis using his Instagram posts, i might not be wrong if I suggested that 1 out of 3 of his outfits are in this design. He always looks great in the design.

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Wiz kid

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The Star Boy CEO has been messing with the Ankara style for some time now. He doesn’t want to only recreate the global success of the legendary Fela Kuti, he also wants to dress like him. He looks great in the green and red Ankara print Nigerian traditional attire, but it’s how he blends Ankara bottoms with dress shirts in this Fela Kuti inspired scene from the second video of the massive hit “come closer” that catches the eye.

Uti Nwachukwu

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Our “Man Crush” of the week, UtiNwachukwu poses in Green short sleeved Ankara print Nigerian traditional attire, brown tassel loafers, crowned off with a red traditional Fez hat.

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Jime Iyke

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Jim Iyke looks chic in blue and white safari and a pink pocket square. Try to play with colourful pocket squares in your outfit, it adds some flavour and sophistication to the overall look. Sandals are very much In this season especially the Native & Sandal pairing. The actor is a known fashion enthusiast who is not scared to try new designs and daring looks. His 2013 African Magic Viewers Choice Award (AMVCA) shorts suit look caused quite a stir on social media here in Nigeria. But here is the irony, a year later, the look got great reviews abroad as it was featured in American based Ebony magzine’s Men’s Wear section titled, “What to wear now” where he was featured along side trend setters like Kanye West and Pharrell Williams. We could learn a thing or two form Iyke.

Alex Ekubo

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Alex Ekubo in a kanye west fish tail inspired Senator and a pair of black slip-on topped with trendy translucent glasses. When asked what material was used in making the outfit by a fan on the gram, he replied by saying “husband material”. LOL, a typical Alex Ekubo reply, always goofing around.

Ozzy Agu

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The actor looks confy in this Adire tunic attire.

 Banky W

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Mr. Capable kinging in jalamia while on holiday in Dubai. When in rome right?

About Onche Inalegwu 84 Articles
Onche Inalegwu is the Editor of He is a fashion enthusiast and a certified Political Scientist who’d rather comment on fashion. He’s interested in bringing to the readers, fashion at all levels, from celebrity fashion trends to street fashion trends with ultimately, a Nigerian blend.

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