Nigeria’s hipster herders – the funky Fulanis
Bling earrings, shaved eyebrows and funky hairstyles should not what many would usually affiliate with Nigeria’s Fulani herders, who spend most of their time within the forests herding cattle.
However on events similar to final week’s Eid al-Kabir, as Eid al-Adha is understood domestically, once they head out to the town centres in northern Nigeria to have a good time with different Muslims, their vibrant outfits actually stand out.
And in contrast to many Muslims on this conservative a part of the nation, they select to not put on conventional robes, or kaftans, however fashionable garments impressed by hip-hop and Afrobeats stars.
The jackets, ankle-high boots and head heaters are paying homage to the Nineties hip-hop scene, whereas many younger male Fulani herders say they’re now extra influenced by Nigeria’s Afrobeats scene. Naira Marley, based mostly a whole bunch of miles away in Lagos, was talked about repeatedly as having probably the most impression on their fashion by revellers within the capital, Abuja.
“I really like Marley,” mentioned Musa Sani, who had an MP3 bluetooth player dangling from his neck together with his underpants seen above his low-slung trousers.
He and about 300 others gathered in an open discipline to the outskirts of Abuja in Lugbe near the airport, as authorities closed parks and different leisure locations to implement Covid-19 rules.
There, with loads of sunshine and away from safety brokers, the younger herders had loads of time to strut their fashion and take footage on their telephones.
Whereas the kids are about on the town celebrating with their friends, the older ones are often at house entertaining friends or holding communal conferences.
It’s thought of disrespectful for Fulani youngsters to attend the identical occasions as their mother and father, so adults stayed away when the younger visited the town centres in Abuja.
Few Nigerians, particularly these within the southern a part of the nation, get to see the herders dressed this stylishly.
Most solely see the Fulani herders when they’re marching their cattle throughout the nation, which has grow to be a lethal situation since 2017 as clashes between them and farmers over grazing land have killed 1000’s.
Cattle herding is usually executed by Fulani males. Most Nigerians visualise them sporting their flat rubber sneakers, straw hats and skin-tight denims.
So once they step out in all their fashion, they flip a couple of heads.
Glitzy sun shades, fashionably ripped denims and effervescent shirts that collectively type a powerful array of colors.
Most males in northern Nigeria usually put on a kaftan, a loose-fitting robe that reaches the ankles with matching trousers.
These with extra money favor the babariga, a lavishly embroidered three-piece outfit with an extra-large outer gown that the wearer spends a lot of time rolling up their shoulder, favoured by politicians.
However even once they put on in kaftans, a number of the younger males, do it in fashion.
The ladies weren’t unnoticed, though most caught to the standard materials, and elaborate henna patterns on their fingers.
Nigeria is a conservative nation, particularly within the Muslim-dominated north the place the cultures of the Fulanis and Hausas – the dominant ethnic teams within the area – have lengthy preserved their conventional values in music, garments and language.
So whereas the younger Fulani herders is likely to be choosing up new influences, particularly in music, from different elements of the nation, “it’s nothing new”, mentioned photographer Mudi Odibo, who has spent the final decade photographing them.
“It’s the exuberance of youths, all of them return to the kaftans and sandals with time,” he mentioned.
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