My Take on the Whole Aso-ebi Custom


August 21, 2011 at 10:07 pm

This article explains it all! I believe aso ebi was a tradition that evolved in our culture, whereby the closest friends as well as family members are recognized by the form of the attire. However, the tradition has changed to folks trying to make their money back from the aso ebi syndrome. Seriously, to me it is selfishness! do not dash on to others as you would not want to receive” the gele I will see in yaba market for a reasonable amount, do not try to sell it to me at a triple priced amount! That is not making me share your day with joy, on the contrary, I am buying it because it seems i am obligated to. Brides need to remember the reason for their special day! sharing your special day with people that mean the most to you, not making them break their bank accounts for a simple attire that one will prob never wear again!

    August 23, 2011 at 9:24 am

    Gbam! You said it well. I look at my wardrobe and frankly, I’ve never worn any of my aso-ebi attire more than once. That’ll be changing though. I paid good money for some of them and definitely to get it sewn by the tailor. Time to recycle aso-ebi, lol

Matthew Oluwasegun Ijabiken
February 11, 2013 at 2:18 pm

For me, aso-ebi is us, it’s our culture we’ve got to sustain it. It helps u to have more clothes and update ur wardrobe with the latest fabric in town. Most, if not all of my native wears are aso-ebi. Such that if decide not to buy aso-ebi again, at least i have a colour from another asoebi that i already have which will be exactly your colour of the day.

Aso-ebi gives u a sense of belonging in the occasion where it is used. I’ve had souvenirs that are more than the extra charge on the original cost of the fabric. For me that is getting more value than what i payed for.

For occasions where the cost of aso-ebi is outrageous. I’m sure they would have other variations that are affordable. If u can’t afford their lace, you can go for their brocade, or ankara or just the aso-oke for the cap (fila) or headgear (gele). You don’t have to incure debt to get aso-ebi. Buy the affordable one.

    March 4, 2015 at 9:46 am

    You can never see a white spend lavishly like you have explained! If you need to get an Ankara fabric..Go to the market to get one and support an ideology that has gotten so many folk impoverished. Back-Ward Traditions and Valueless mindsets.

February 1, 2014 at 6:36 am

I am honestly considering doing away with the whole aso-ebi brouhaha for my big day. I really don’t see the point 🙁

Rasheed Akinyemi
April 25, 2014 at 6:00 am

Yes, I reasonably agree with the observations made concerning the mal-practices and abuses of Aso-Ebi (literarily), but I want to suggest that we take a closer look into the word “Aso-Ebi” beyond the literary usage, and subject it to a socio-cultural inquiry within the broader concept of “Social Capital”. I am sure there are positive societal usefulness attached to this practice than its present form of understanding. A good research on this will be a contribution to knowledge on “Social Capital” in Africa. One can even do a comparative study of the “Aso-Ebi” concept and the “Harambee” concept in Kenya. I am doing this aready.

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April 22, 2016 at 11:51 pm

Really interesting article! Thank You! I lived one year in Senegal and they have ‘aso-ebi’ as well. They call it ‘hotesses’, it is mostly wax fabric and like you stated it is a uniform worn at weddings etc.

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