Was Ebuka’s outfit inspired by colonial uniforms?

Ebuka Obi Uchendu outfit to the Soundcity MVP Awards was amazing but I can’t help thinking it reminds me of colonial uniforms.

I think it’s more like those worn by colonial foresters

What do you think?

I had to dig out my copy of Nigeria in costume 1960……

1. A Forester

“Much of Western Nigeria including Warri and Benin provinces are covered with thick forests of valuable hard woods which play an important part in Nigeria’s exports and represent an important source of wealth to the country.

A large number of men are therefore employed in guarding, maintaining and replanting these forests

The foresters wear a distinctive green drill uniform with green puttees and green fez” c1960

2. Argungu – Local Administration Police Sergeant – Hausa

“Up to 1954 it was customers throughout Northern Nigeria for the local administration Police Force to have their own distinctive uniform” c1954

3. Local Administration Police Constable From Bida c1954

4. Local Administration Police Constable From Katsina c1954

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Tarok Cultural Carnival

A few years ago I saw a picture of Solomon Dalung dressed like he is in the photo below and I was amused.

Many mocked him and I clicked “like” on all the jokes made about him …..until I was schooled by a friend who told me more about the event he took part in and why it was important to his people.

I was humbled ….how can I laugh at anybody’s culture? Was it because it’s different from my own? Has western culture blinded me to the beauty in OUR land?

I wanted to know more.

I may not like many things regarding our leadership but I respect his love for his culture! He no send !

We all must protect our culture in what ever way we can.

The importance of the occasion is for the Tarok to come together as one, keep their heritage alive and work towards handing over the bulk of their cultural heritage to generations yet unborn.

Beautiful.

The latest pictures are of him at the Tarok Cultural Carnival 2018 organised by Ntim Otarok Cultural Association (NOCA)

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The Tarok

The Tarok people call themselves oTárók, their language iTárók and their land ìTàrók. They are found principally in Langtang-North, Langtang-South, Wase, Mikang and Kanke Local Government Areas (LGAs) of Plateau State in Central Nigeria.

The oTárók is an amalgamation of various peoples who now form a more or less ‘homogeneous’ group. The constituents were of Pe, Ngas, Jukun, Boghom, Tel ( Montol ) and probably Tal origins, while others still remain obscure or unknown.

History

Nankap Elias Lamle (2001) an anthropologist lecturing at the University of Jos in Nigeria stated that in the early twentieth century people from other ethnic groups such as Tal, Ngas, Jukun, Tel (Montol/Dwal) and Yiwom (Gerkawa) migrated and settled together with the initial Timwat and Funyallang clans. People from these ethnic groups came as migrants labour workers. The Timwat and Funyallang people gave them land to settle in Tarokland after they have served the former. Colonialism and Christianity came into Tarokland by 1904 (Lamle 1995). The initial inhabitants could not trust the missionaries and colonialists as such did not encourage their people to join them. with the introduction of modernism the later migrants to Tarokland used their connections to the missionaries and colonialists to acquire western education and join the army. Today these latter migrants are at the helm of affairs in Nigeria as such tries to use their influence to change history ( cf. Lamle 2005).[3]

Furthermore, Lamle asserted that the framework of Tarok migration supports the assertion above and is based on the fact that the Tarok language is part of the Benue–Congo language family. However, other peoples of the Chadic language family, such as the Ngas, Boghom, Tel (Montol) and Yiwom, shifted to the Benue–Congo family and are given full status as Tarok (Lamle 1998). Also the Jukun, who speak languages of the Benue–Congo family, joined the Tarok. What is called the Tarok people are actually a mixture of many ethno-linguistic groups (Lamle 2008).

Culture

The Tarok people have an ancestral cult which retains considerable prestige and importance, despite major inroads of Christianity into the area. The ancestors, orìm, are represented by initiated males and post-menopausal women. Cult activities take place in sacred groves outside almost all Tarok settlements. Orìm are mostly heard, but emerge as masked figures under some circumstances, especially for the disciplining of ‘stubborn’ women and for making prophecies. Orìm figures speak through voice disguisers in a language dotted with code words although framed in normal Tarok syntax and their utterances are interpreted by unmasked figures.

Each Tarok settlement of any size has a sacred grove outside it, which is conserved as the place of the orim or ancestors. The singular form, ùrìm, is applied to a dead person or an ancestor, while orìm refers to the collective ancestors and the cult itself. Men above a certain age are allowed to enter the grove and engage with the ancestors. These inhabit the land of the dead and are thus in contact with all those who have died, including young people and children who were not admitted to the orìm. On certain nights when the ‘orìm are out’, women and children must stay in their houses. Orim can also be seen ‘dressed’, i.e. appearing as masquerades, when they engage with women through an interpreter. Surprisingly, most Tarok are Christian and Langtang hosts some large churches, but the association of the orìm with power ensures that these two systems continue to coexist. Indeed, it is said that the orìm take care to visit the houses of the retired generals and other influential figures at night to cement the bonds between two very different types of power. Orìm society is graded, in the sense that there are members who are not fully initiated and so cannot be let into the inner secrets of the society. Some of the orìm vocabulary is therefore for internal concealment, that is, there are code-words among the elder members to conceal the meaning of what is being said from junior members.

The main function of the orim from the external point of view is to maintain order, both spiritual and actual, within the society but also to prepare for warfare and other collective action. In practice, maintaining order seems to be about disciplining women, who are forced to cook food as a punishment for being lazy or ‘stubborn’. This category of orìm is called orìm aga., literally ‘masquerade that gives trouble’ and its speciality is to fine women. There is a special season, aga. ‘time of trouble’, for meting out fines to offenders. The orìm are also in contact with the dead and it is believed that the spirits of dead children require to be fed; hence they will request special meals from the mother of such children. Orìm also have a marriage-broking function; for example, young women tell the orìm the name of the young man they would like to marry, and they find ways of passing on the message.

Wikipedia

Other well known Tarok include Domkat Bali, Joseph Nanven Garba, Solomon D. Lar, and Jeremiah Useni

Shehu Shagari (February 25, 1925 – December 28, 2018)

Shehu Usman Aliyu Shagari GCFR, (February 25, 1925 – December 28, 2018) was a Nigerian politician who served as the first and only President of Nigeria’s Second Republic (1979–1983), after the handover of power by General Olusegun Obasanjo’s military government. Shagari also served seven times in a ministerial or cabinet post as a federal minister and federal commissioner from 1958–1975

In Remembrance of Fallen Heroes: President Shehu Shagari receiving his badge on Remembrance Day

Former President, Shehu Shagari’s final resting place.

I’m numb at how humbling a grave always appears.

Regardless of all we may achieve the walls of our final resting place will virtually all look the same way.

RIP