SOUTH AFRICAN? WHERE HAS OUR CULTURE GONE?









Hello there...
I keep getting questions like am I Nigerian? every now and then people suggest that i'm kenyan, gambian, south african or even ghanaian I guess because of my Afrocentric style.

I recently wrote a caption alongside one of my instagram pictures about how the Nigerian culture seems like the more subtle of every other African tribe, the subtleties that I have come to accept as being non existent.
Every part of our culture seems so diluted that I feel like modernity takes the higher ratio of what we are right now than what we should be.

Culture as defined in social studies classes from secondary school refers to the way of life of a people, their values, clothing, food, language, beliefs and norms.

Every part that makes up our culture has been so diluted, our language is expressed in british intonations by the few people in our generation who can actually speak it and i am guilty of the same crime, our food is mostly made up of grains with no real identity of where we are coming from and our clothing has undergone the most change with several of our fabrics and ornaments gone with the wind.
With modernity discrediting conservation which really is the foundation for our culture, our values are dying.


I feel sad sometimes not really getting what our culture is about as being english or foreign seems like a better option.

I have to say that modernity has its good side though, now a woman can be more than a kitchen maid or a baby factory, she can wear a Dashiki / Agbada in a modern way and maybe even make it an everyday attire that in someway promotes our culture like other tribes do and even so creating room to explore other tribes.

I however must add that the need to remember our culture is important because like they say it's our heritage and for most of us who have never really left  home, we want home to remain as rich in its beauty as it is and as it was with modernity distilling it instead of diluting it.

I am not South African, I am Nigerian, I am African and I am Human.
My culture and heritage is a big Influence on my style.

What are your opinions on our culture? Does it ever influence your style?




 I'm wearing
Danshiki: Daltimore (pieces are around 5000 naira)
to order mail: davidomigie@gmail.com 
Hat: The Mako 'Heartdictions' shop
Bag: DIY
Shoes: 
Watch: Michael Kors
Earrings: c/o Kaymu.com.ng

Photography || Nkemmere x Kennedy Somto
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22 comments

  1. Dee i love love love love this look that Dashiki and the hat is giving me LIFE!! OMG!! lease i want that hat is it available for sale?
    www.mstomie.blogspot.com

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    1. thanks so much Tomie, unfortunately the hat isn't available for sale, however I will put my eyes out for it when next i'm sourcing for items for theHDHQ.x

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  2. I was curious about your nationality too until I read it in one of your post.

    Woulda love to see a pic without the glasses, you still slayed.

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    1. hahaa..see! ohh I didn't even realise that.lol .thanks Pat.x

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  3. I love the black & white stripes print, great styling.

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  4. Wonderful look:) kisses

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  5. Lovely outfit. I am not really a fashion person but Desola is making me have a second thought. *thinking* lol. Nice wear dear.

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    1. hahaa..thanks Uju fashion is an amazing way to express one's self you should join the wagon.x

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  6. everything just looks cool

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  7. Very cool outfit and interesting post. Culture is what identifies us and it is passed on :). Very lovely post.


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    1. Gbam, I totally agree. thanks Busola

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  8. I love this look!!!!!!!!
    I think when compared to most other African countries our culture is basically non-existent

    www.sunlightdreamer.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you for this, I so agree. our culture seems to have faded away.x
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  9. I love how your style is Afroccentric, I am a Nigerian diaspora and totally understand where you are coming from and what you mean. I stay connected to my yoruba culture and I am also embarras by the fact that a lot of people over here don't even bother to teach their children their african roots and everything is just westernised.

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    1. thank you Adeola, well said. the western culture have won us over and I wonder why. our culture is way richer than theirs that if they even have any.

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  10. Slayer!!!! Love your hat and will def steal it if i could lol. Beautiful danshiki. Love!

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  11. Congratulations on your store hun!
    I love this whole look, what can't you pull off ehn?

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  12. Creativity at its best...I love your bag...talk about going back to the roots and that outfit is just perfect...stripes are always a good idea.
    You look amazingly african...like I love everhthing especially the way the accessories brought out the theme....awesome

    Stylebyenkay.blogspot.com

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  13. That top is gorgeous and let's not talk about the hat !!!!
    Your style is creative and wonderfully African !!!

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