WHEN NIGERIANS CATCH ON TO SOMETHING, WE ALWAYS OVER DO IT.
Yesterday I heard something that shocked me to my bones. I was sitting in an office with a Chinese man who seemed like the boss, the HR manager and an executive who were both Nigerians. The executive was complaining about payment of salary and the Chinese man asked the HR manager to pull up the payment record and this is what he said and I quote, please read this in Chinese accent, “I can’t pay you Nigerians individually because you all look alike”. Immediate I thought to myself, huh?! See kettle calling pot black, but then it hit me like I’m brother Shaggy –we are a bandwagon nation –we do the same thing at the same time especially with regards to fashion.
I remember almost being blinded by the colour blocking frenzy back in the day. Ladies always had an interesting way to marsh up colours and this was powered by a pop culture powerhouse; Cabo Snoop. Although this trend didn’t lead a long life but it caught on very quickly. I think it was this heinous crime against fashion that the buzzword “fashion police” came into existence –just saying.
Fast forward to a few years later, the rag a.k.a crazy jeans came on the scene and every one jumped on the bandwagon; I also had to have a piece of the action as I acquired some of such outfit for myself.
Right now two trends in fashion are rocking the city and they are wigs and contour lines.
These days there are wigs done with perfectly enclosed closures, the untrained eye could hardly tell the difference between them and an originally made hair. There are wigs made with the aesthetics of a natural hair.
Next is the contour, I remember when I first saw it, I asked “what’s this shiny thing on that lady’s nose?” and a lady next to me felt the need to educate me as she was a subject matter expert in that department. Right now it seems like everywhere I look I see a lady with a shiny nose –if it were red I would have thought that its Christmas and Randolph the red nose rein deer came to town.
Although we are aware it can be very difficult not to jump into a bandwagon as the force could sometimes be so strong it sucks you in; if it looks good and feels good then it most certainly is going to trend. Nonetheless, it’s high time we burn this bandwagon and define our own style, that way you build your own brand, create your own style and eventually the Chinese man would be able to tell us apart.
P.S: this might work for Nigerians but I wonder what the Chinese would have to do for Nigerians to be able to tell them apart.