You will agree that Traditional caps have become more important in Nigerian Men’s attire.
Nigeria is a great African country with mixed cultures, languages, traditions and people and from many, We have three main tribes which are the Igbos, Yorubas and Hausa-Fulani.
It is a common thing to know that many Nigerian Tribes who wear their unique traditional attire have certain signs attributed to that such as how they dress most especially during key ceremonies and events.
Some of these traditional attires are well seen or represented by the unique caps they wear.
So here’s why the caps are so important based on their culture.
1. Igbo Culture – Red Cap
Generally, when people see the red cap, they are quick to say that these are the Igbo men but not many know their symbol.
The Igbo people who are mainly from the South East regions usually wear a popular red cap that indicates authority, tradition, culture and the conferment of a chieftaincy.
The Igbo Men that wear red cap are usually addressed by “NZE”, “ICHIE”, “OZO”, “OGBUEFI” and others.
Also, The red colour of the caps is a sign of inferno, Agbala (The “Holy Spirit”) and is boldly indicated in the three versions which are the oval cap, the woollen red-white-and-black beenie, and the long red cap usually accessorised with an Eagle’s feather.
2. Yoruba Tribe – Fila
The Yorubas are the people mainly from the Southwest states such as Ekiti, Lagos, Oyo, Ondo, Ogun and Osun.
Yoruba men usually wear a cap called ‘Fila’, unlike the Igbo caps which are produced from wool.
The Yoruba caps can be produced from many different types of material like hand-woven Aso Oke fabrics, Velvet, Cotton or Damask.
The Fila does not have any traditional significance but is instead used to compliment Yoruba native attires such as Agbada or Ankara and others.
Well, We don’t think the Yoruba Fila has any traditional importance but what we know is that it is used to compliment the Yoruba attires such as Agbada or Ankara and others.
An Agbada or Ankara is not complete without the Yoruba Fila.
3. Hausa – Fula
The Fula means cap in Hausa and is usually worn by the Hausa men with Hausa Babanriga or just simple native wear for daily outings or important events.
The Hausa caps are worn more than the other caps.
The cap made from fabrics such as cotton, Mud Cloth, Kente, Aso Oke, African Print, Linen, Hayes, Damask, Velvet, Leather and so on.
4. Akwa Ibom / Cross River – Embroidered Caps
The good people of Akwa Ibom / Cross River also rock unique traditional attire with embroidered caps.
The Embroidered caps are occasionally worn by rich men in Akwa Ibom because they are known for the unique attire style.
The cap is usually produced from a velvety material that blends together with the whole attire.
It is a beautiful embroidery which could be light or heavy based on the outfit.
5. Niger Delta People – South-South Cap / Top Hat
The South-South cap which can also be called Top Hat is worn by the Niger Delta people from Bayelsa, Rivers, Delta.
During an important event or outing, they usually love to wear simple South-South outfits with top hats or thick fedoras.
A typical Niger delta man is very easy to spot when he wears such an outfit.