What’s So Special About Kaduna?

I want to immerse in the wealth of places, study their fashion trend, think about them, relish them, fall in love with them and then take pictures with me in them; to share with the world as I continue to grow my fashion ministry.

There are lots of places, rich in style, glamour and fad, that I am yet to circumnavigate through in Nigeria but of course, this year, Kaduna has to be my next stop!

Next Stop… Kaduna

Kaduna? Yes, Kaduna! Why? Well, I have a unique likening for Kaduna because the state is a jar full of dynamic history and it is the perfect destination for classic custom and fascination lovers like me! Hausa men are recognizable by their elaborate dress, their large, flowing gare and babban gida with elaborate embroidery around the neck and colorful caps popularly known as the huluna.

I am positive that this trip will provide the answers to some of my questions on the intriguing and unique nature Northern Nigerian couture. I plan on also doing a major photo-shoot session in as many “babarigas” as possible and if I have some time left on my side, I might try climbing the Kagoro hills and maybe learn little Gwari language.

I am a sucker for style and I intend to go on this trip to Kaduna putting my best foot forward. With the population of more than 2.1 million, I honestly would love to stand out above the hundreds of tourists that would be stopping by that period. I understand that simplicity rules in Kaduna.. so yeah, nothing too complicated; my modest well-tailored ‘buba and sokoto’, some baddass ‘mandals’ (yeah, I got great feet), and taking a cue from Folabomi’s Hats On, dapper-away in a black piece! …Also not forgetting my shades; Kaduna’s sun, I hear, can scorch for the world.

Yes, the intention is to go bask in the beauty of one of Nigeria’s most elegant cities but I would not just style-away and miss out on their world class dishes. The Tuwos categories, Mian Kuka, Mian Karkashi, and even the common and widely eaten Massa must understand that I came visiting.

Originally published at Enroute Nigeria.

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