You can't talk about colorful parties in Nigeria and not mention the heart-throbbing Owanbe party. It is a Saturday event every participant and attendee look forward to, and where the typical life of a Nigerian is displayed to the peak. Mothers straddle their babies behind them and match, Families in their attires come, Bachelors stride in majestically, and my single ladies walk in gracefully. Money is ready to be spent.
You can't talk about colorful parties in Nigeria and not mention the heart-throbbing Owanbe party. It is a Saturday event every participant and attendee look forward to, and where the typical life of a Nigerian is displayed to the peak. Mothers straddle their babies behind them and match, Families in their attires come, Bachelors stride in majestically, and my single ladies walk in gracefully. Money is ready to be spent. Riches are ready to be flaunted. Outfits are up for rock. And there's the husband hunt, a very stylish integral part of the event!
There is the rich blend of Aso Ebi and other competitive, jaw-dropping designs et fashionistas. Like the Merri Men, women are frantically excited, men doing what they know how to do best; rocking their agbada and natives; the most colorful sight you would ever want to behold. And what about the mouthwatering dishes, or the dance part that takes the climax of the event and set young folks rolling with their most hidden talents. Let's get to the real deal!
For those who don't know, "Owanbe" is a Yoruba word capturing the Euphoria in the event. However, it has come to be accepted and recognized by the general public for what it represents. So, Owanbe parties are huge celebrations of different sorts and not just weddings alone. Hence, they range from birthdays to graduations and the likes as long as there is something to celebrate, plenty of food, drinks, and dance.
Let's talk about the Competitive Designers' Outfits and Aso Ebi Slayers!
You need to get on Instagram and search out Aso Ebi attires to know what I am emphasizing here. Everybody is on an outfit to nail! The dresses are breathtaking and the male folks are on point. They are the real colors of the celebration. The young ladies have their beautiful curves sitting provokingly on the materials. For the men, they are just perfect in their handsomeness. And well that is the one thing that will strike your sensitivity. You can bite that there's no going without an exchange of contacts.
About the Aso Ebi slayers, they are the set of people who wear the uniform dress code of the event. They are necessarily the inner circus usually consisting of close relatives, friends, sponsors, and the likes. Hence, when you see them on it, you automatically know they have close affiliations with the celebrants in question.
Usually in Owanbe parties, we call them uniform slayers. Yes, the Uniform slayers because they come with different designer's creativity and blend of costume. The ladies are on jaw-dropping styles that communicate class and taste. And the men are on magnificent tuxedoes. The rock is Wow.
Surely, you do want to know about this category of persons. Of course the very first thing you notice when you come to an Owanbe party is the magnanimity of the hall and the tapered decorative designs announcing the class of the party. Everything smells expensive.
Again, this can't be like that for all Owanbes. Every man is to his own kettle; cutting his clothes according to his size. However though, there are many efforts and work put into the event to give it the best look, so you can really give a for-a-moment-goodbye to mediocrity and enjoy the day first. Hence money is spent!
About our Yoruba-demon guys, you find them in every Owanbes. They are the money spenders and the real money-in-the-bank guys. How do you find them? Very simple… Once it is showtime and the celebrants emerge to dance, they boom all over in their particularly gorgeous suits, agbada, Buba, or simply smart frocks. Some are quiet and calm, others can be all caught in the excitement, others dance releasing subtle smiles. So yea! I wasn't kidding when I said riches are flaunted.
Owanbe will never be complete without this part. Just the way food they say is the way to a man's heart, Variety dish is the way to a successful Owanbe party. And that is what adds another color to it really! So, any party you attend and there's no plenty of rice and chicken, you did not attend an Owanbe.
Mischievously, Owanbe dishes are salivating. You begin the salivating only perceiving the aroma from a distance. But as tempting as this can be, you'd find yourself in the most coordinating manner you least expected.
Now for these dishes, there are Fruit and Vegetable Salads and Chicken to go, Rice in their various colors ranging from white to jollof and fried, typical of the Nigerian meal. Then there is the traditional or native Semovita, Fufu, Garri, or Starch with soups of assorted and luxurious contents examples: the popular Egusi, Ogbono, Ewedu, or Vegetable soup. So basically, you get to enjoy a first-course meal, the second and on rare occasions third-course meal. Most salivating right!
While parties have a way of relieving your stress muscles and relaxing you a bit, they remain the best antidote for a healthy leaving. Physiologists have confirmed this. Therapists have encouraged so. And trust me you get a full portion in Owanbes.
Usually, an Owanbe party is necessarily sociable. Hence this is where the relationship goal seekers a.k.a husband hunt breathes air. Do you remember I had earlier mentioned it was a stylish and integral part of the event? Yes. You get your hook-ups, one night stand, and more serious relationship goals here.
Now, dance is the best part of lively Owanbes. You need to see creativity and dance steps at its peak. In the elation of the celebration, almost all invited and non invited guests dance. My Aso Ebi slayers are most at this dancing with all sensation and boldness, certainly like the real owners of the event.
Owanbe is a blend of soft, energetic, inspired and lively come environment that would get you rolling for the rest of the week. Just all you need to get your social life back.