NATIONAL Institute for Cultural Orientation (NICO) has expressed deep concern on the growing culture of indecent dressing among Nigerian youths. Worried that the trend is turning Nigerian society into an amoral and unAfrican, the federal government’s organisation for general cultural awareness wants to stem the tide.
Executive Secretary of NICO, Dr. Barclays Ayakoroma noted that the development which is eating deep into the consciousness of young ones and some older ones is beginning to give the country a very bad image.
Speaking at a press briefing held at NICO Corporate Headquarters in the Abuja last week, Dr. Ayakoroma informed that his organisation is beginig the anti-shoddy fashion campaign with a workshop. The three-day workshop tagged, Promoting Nigerian Dress Culture for National Identity, is being organised to address the menace as well as project a befitting Nigerian dress culture as a tool for national identity and cultural re-orientation.
He lamented that “indecent dressing is a vice that now permeates various age-groups in the country.”
According to him, it is “not restricted to just youths as most married women engage in the unwholesome vice too. Most worrisome is the prevailing trends among our youths who expose themselves, clad in dresses that reveal their boobs, buttocks, backs, hips. It is against this backdrop that NICO is organising this workshop and we hope to see changes on our peoples dressing pattern after the workshop,” the orientation agency’s chief executive officer said.
Ayakoroma informed that the objectives of the forthcoming workshop is to rekindle interest and pride in the nation’s indigenous dress pattern and to encourage unity among different ethnic groups through integrated dress culture.
He said the workshop holding today through Friday, at the Cyprian Ekwensi Cultural Centre, Area 10, Garki, Abuja, is also aimed at encouraging socio-economic growth of the country’s local textile industries in order to create jobs for Nigerian youths while also promoting national patriotism. The event will be held under the distinguished chairmanship of Senator Dahiru Bako Gassol, the Chairman, Senate Committee on Culture and Tourism.
Target audience of the workshop comprise students, scholars, corporate organisations, religious bodies, operators in fashion and entertainment industries as well as top government functionaries.
Ayakoroma lamented that the nations’ dress culture is faced with challenges particularly, as a result of western influences and globalisation. The problems, he noted, have made many Nigerians to sometimes to turn away from the indigenous cultural mode of dressing in preference for western style.
“The indulgence in the use of western fabrics and materials has relegated our age-long cherished civilization as a deception for imposing other cultures in Nigeria and indeed Africa. There is need for re-orientation and resuscitation of our indigenous and ethnic values which are embedded in our dress culture.
“Re-branding and re-orientation of our cultural values should start with us. We should note that our dress culture defines our individual personalities and by extension, our national identity. We should not have our cultural attires on display only when occasion demands,” he said.
But he still noted the impressive work of Nigerian fashion designers. His words: “It is rewarding to note that we have done so well in projecting our ingenuity in the fashion world. The fashion and dress culture of Nigerians have been defined and redefined to stress the creativity of our designers and flexibility of our traditional attires.”
He called on various state governments to fashion out policies on dress codes, noting that if the country succeeds in that direction, it will turn to exporting its textile and fashion products and that will be a veritable foreign exchange earner that will to a large extent, support the gains from crude oil exportation.
firstname.lastname@example.org | 4/8/2010 4:15:38 AM
It is very sadden, that girls who comes from homes, particularly in the south east and south west of Nigeria, among all south-south are much in number compare those from the Northern Nigeria.it marvels me and not just Dr.Barclays why this women have decided to choose a wrong direction of clothing, ?.back in our University days, it was rampant, i remembered a female student was workedout of lecture room by a no-nonsense professor in our final year.Many of us thought he was harsh or may be was chasing her and she refuse, it was latter we realized the importance of good and fitting clothes, it give u confidence you don't drag it up or down,just like what we see in our Airports and churches, particularly a new generation church, whose pastor was among those who recently visited our sickled president with the intention of what Nigerians don't know, but they claim they where there for Prayers.when many of their members needs prayers more than Yar'dua.Indecent dressing is what projects an evil society, expose women to dangers of rape,zealous prostitution,unwarranted harassment from opposite sex, and abuse of God's given anatomy, some even show off the curves that keeps ones imagining why will such a young woman give herself too open to the atmosphere of nature which includes the poisonous air pollution that surrounds our environment.What of our parents who do not check on their children?. You send your kids abroad to school, but u never check on them from semester to semester you only provide funds.Most of your daughters are prostituting and clubbing , and the boys either buy and sell drugs, or hardly attend class. many are below the age of 24, a good example is MUTTALAB, whose father didnt know he was in a terror group. Women should be role models for a better society, you dont need to show off your buttocks or breast for we to know you are beautiful. In fact most men will only have you for a night and drop you the next morning because he believes, what attracted him, will surely attract another man. Reply this thread
Prince e.a | 4/3/2012 2:48:54 AM |
The western culture has enmulate our nigeria youth today d way they dress bad d kids cannot say their mind becos u 'll beat dem and they will go and kill ur chiken or puncture ur tyre if u beat dem an unborn child in nigeria kn the difference btw a 100naira and a 1000naira in naija
Ncee | 4/8/2010 10:59:44 PM
Thank u Maximux! U'v said it all... May i ask, d first pix as u scroll 4rm up i mean d Satan dt shows her backside. Is it a human being or a Monument? It's terrible! Reply this thread
AUGUSTINA | 3/1/2011 1:11:07 PM
INDECENT DRESSING IS NOT GOOD FOR OUR LADIES ,SO I WILL LIKE TO ADVISE
NIGERIA NOT ALLOW ANY DRESS THAT IS TOO SHAPE FOR OUR YOUTH. Reply this thread
Jennie | 5/6/2011 2:16:12 AM
The rate of indecent dressing in our nation cannot be over emphasized. I think more workshop on dress ethics should be brought up. Knowledge as they say is light Reply this thread
georegiano | 6/4/2011 11:04:41 AM
when you dress like s**t flies will follow you Reply this thread
Isah Randy. kaduna state | 9/10/2011 12:16:31 PM
Bad dress in society is not good we should avoid it . So i recall on we peoples that we shall remember that is day of judgement. Nagode Reply this thread
olawunmi Adeola | 9/27/2011 10:38:00 PM
It's good to look attractive but we should be able to draw the line between attractiveness and going naked.An urgent reorientation is badly needed before this gets out of hand. Reply this thread
TOSIN | 1/17/2012 9:02:00 AM
d society av been devilishly polluted by immodesty in d society. all d youth has become nudist in d society. Reply this thread
Udeme | 3/4/2012 3:24:44 AM
Talk to me what dress are our lady is puting on may the lord jesus saved them from this madness thanks. Reply this thread
Ajayi Samuel | 5/5/2013 3:15:34 PM
Someone has said it that "we live in a strange world where strange people do strange things for strange reasons".
I will just say;after you dress don't you bother your self by asking how do you look like? Well.... The way you dress connotes how you'll be addressed.
I will emphasise more on this in my book(yet to be published).
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