On this page of Interesting Africa Facts we provide information on Nigerian traditional clothing. Nigeria is Africa’s most populous country, there are numerous tribes and ethnic groups, many of which wear their own style of garb. In many areas of the country, especially the south, men and women prefer to wear western attire. Traditional attire is worn on a daily basis in many areas of Nigeria. In other areas traditional attire is worn only for special occasions like festivals or weddings. The top three ethnic groups in Nigeria are the Hausa-Fulani (the largest ethnic group), Yoruba, and Igbo. The information on this page concentrates on the traditional clothes of these people. This information includes the clothes worn by women and the clothing worn by men.
- Gele – This is a traditional Nigerian cloth which women wrap around their heads. There are many variations of how they wrap it.
- Agbada – For formal events Nigerian men often wear a robe called an agbada over their clothes.
- Buba – A Buba is a loose fitting blouse with long sleeves and a neckline that is either V-shaped or round. It usually falls a little below a women’s waist. Men can also wear a buba.
- Iro – Iros are long wrap-around skirts. The rectangular skirt is worn by wrapping it around the waste and tucking it in at the end.
- Sokotos – Sokotos are trousers that are loose-fitting with a drawstring used to hold them up.