Disclaimer: The content of this article may seem unreal and unachievable to the person lacking in faith to take the Agbada risk. This article does not in anyway contradict the beliefs of the Nigerian tribe known for the Agbada and was not intended to hurt the feelings of anyone.
I recently joined the Agbada Gang as a full member me after years of playing on the fence and I must confess, just like with any new relationship, I am loving every moment.
Moving to Lagos in 2005, I tried to learn the way things work in Lagos, which was totally different from our way of life back in the East.
In Lagos, you don’t ask just anybody for directions, eat eba with your hands in a fancy restaurant or wear your seven-button suit with your collar covering the suit lapel, well except for Kanayo O Kanayo who was allowed to wear coloured suit on behalf of the Igbo community.
On the Lagos fashion scene, the Agbada was very popular amongst the aged, rich or fashionable and was reserved mainly for special occasion.
I particular liked how graceful the Agbada makes you look and how in some cases, fabric aside, it does not portray you as ‘poor’ in a gathering of the rich.
My first Agbada was sometime in 2012 and it was made with aso oke material. I was very happy that I finally had one in my closet and wore it to Pamboogie’s wedding.
However, my love for Agbada tripled when Deco made our aso-ebi Agbada for Olamide’s engagement last month, where in my case, I had sat with him to design my Agbada in my personal style and to my taste.
Here is Noble Igwe’s guide to the perfect Agbada.
Choose and select the material that best fit your complexion. If you intend to bleach, please wait until you get to your final destination before selecting your most suitable color.
Personally, I like slightly thick material as they enable better starch retention and shows off the embroidery.
I prefer to use thread the same as the colour of the material for the embroidery so as not to appear like someone carrying the Nigerian Coat of Arms on his or her chest.
This is one of the most important aspects of getting your Agbada perfect. A poorly starched Agbada looks makes you appear as someone who lost a lot of weight but forgot to tone the excess skin.
The Agbada should be so heavily starched that you look proud and the Agbada can trap air while you walk.
The tail of your Agbada should not join you until two minutes after you’ve walked into a room.
The length of your Sokoto should be long enough to be seen and short enough not to cover your shoes.
I personally prefer mine very fitted and clearly off the ankles.
The Fila can be any colour of your preference as long as the colour does not conflict with the colour of the Agbada.
Leave the Agbada in the dry cleaner’s packaging until the day of event. I don’t even put on the Agbada until I get to the venue of the event.
I let the Agbada sit beside me in the car until we get to the venue, a little AC does not hurt the Agbada.
I can’t really say much about this because you are either born with a good demeanor or you weren’t.
It’s what most people refer to, as “swag” and it’s not something you can buy in the super market. This is not something you can easily get no matter how many times you listen to Lagbaja’s Skentele Skontolo.
Remember I said I’m not an expert and I’m only saying how I rock my Agbada, If you like the look and feel of my Agbada, Call Deco on 08096454269.
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Life’s too short, you either a member of the Beard gang or Agbada gang, just don’t spend it watching Scandal.