Personally, when I see a man in well-tailored Africa attires, I blush just a bit and thank his mum for giving birth to him. I do this because the handsomeness that comes with men in native wear is unexplainable, like what! About two weeks ago, I attended a friend’s wedding in my full gorgeous well-tailored, lace. My owanbefit (Owanbe plus outfit, you dig?) was burnt orange, as per the color in vogue, and it was absolutely gorgeous. When I stepped into the reception hall and saw those children of God fully decked in their Agbadas, I felt butterflies in my belly. Very good-looking men of different ages and heights.
There is a feeling that comes with seeing men in well-tailored African attires, and it is a butterfly-inducing feeling. Nigerian attires are a reflection of grace and elegance. There are different types of male African attires, but they are easy to mistake for each other so let me try to explain them to you.
This might be the most popular of all the traditional male attires in Nigeria. It is modern and chic, elegant, and attractive. This outfit consists of a long top or shirt, and it’s usually short enough to rest on the hips or long enough to reach the knees. This style was made famous by the former Senate President of Nigeria, Anyim Pius. This outfit was ubiquitous in just eastern Nigeria and the Niger Delta, but now it is worn by everyone in every crook and cranny of Nigeria. The top of this outfit usually has patterns and ornaments on the neck and chest area.
The Atiku is made with a fabric named after, you guessed it, former vice president, Atiku Abubakar. These outfits are made with a firm and fine-textured fabric. The material usually comes in primary block colors, black, white, navy blue, cream, sky blue, and brown. The Atiku is typically plain but stylish, and when well-tailored, it looks elegant and poised.
The Agbada is the daddy of all Yoruba male outfits. It is a four-piece garment typically worn by Yoruba men. Agbada is a common feature at Yoruba weddings. It consists of a large loose-fitting dress worn on top, a top under it, and drawstring trousers. It is completed with a traditional cap. When worn right and well-tailored, traditional Nigerian male clothing can give a feeling of insurmountable elegance and style.
The Isiagu is very popular in Eastern Nigeria. It is a traditional Igbo shirt, and it looks like a black and gold patterned Dashiki. This outfit is usually worn during weddings or chieftaincy coronation ceremonies. This beautiful top is usually worn with pants and a red cap.
The jalabiya, when worn correctly, is a statement of style. This article of long unisex clothing originates from men and women from the middle-east, typically Arabs. A Jalabiya is considered the greatest minimalist outfit as it doesn’t need frills or pumps to shine.
The kaftan is a longer Atiku and shorter Jalabiya. It is typically worn with trousers. The kaftan generally is as short as the knee and as long as the ankle.
The dashiki is a loose and colorful shirt that originated from West Africa. It is usually richly patterned and colorful.