If you drive a lot on saturdays, you are likely going to see at least two wedding parties. And you just figure which party has what when you see different people wearing the same material.
It is the Aso-ebi phenomenon. (Proudly Nigerian)
Aso-ebi is some material (usually chosen by a celebrant) for her friends and family for an occasion. It may be for a wedding, a birthday party, a child naming ceremony etc. The list is endless.
Friends/Family are required to pay for this material, sew it (into styles intended to draw the most looks at the occasion, a time to overdo)and wear them to the occassion. Now the materials range from Lace, to Ankara, to Damask... Some of them come with 'gele' (headgear) and are mixed with other materials that enhance the 'aso-ebi'.
What is disturbing though is that many times people spend so much money in a year buying aso-ebi. They buy for a family's function, they buy for friend's weddings, they buy buy and buy. This sometimes leaves them bankrupt.
But no matter the cost people have to pay, there is something absolutely beautiful about aso-ebi.
Aso-ebi is beautiful and people have figured out several ways of mitigating the costs of purchasing it. Sometimes people share the material allocated for one person.
I think that aso-ebi's show how truly remarkably happy and loving people Nigerians are. It binds us in a beautiful weird way.
What can I say?
Have a fab saturday taking loads of pictures at your events