BLACK MEN IN AMERIKKKA! -START WEARING AFRICAN CLOTHES AND YOU WILL GET RESPECT AND FEEL LIKE THE AFRICAN KING THAT YOU ARE!-ASO-OKE! – YORUBA TRADITIONAL CLOTH-THE MOST BEAUTIFUL CLOTH IN THE WORLD!

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Aso-Oke also called Aso-Ofi by certain sub-ethnic groups, among the Yoruba people, is the traditional cloth used in the Oke-Ogun and other areas where you find large rocks, hills or highlands.

These places get cold during the dry season early mornings, so this cloth originated in those areas, due to necessity, the video displays the traditional way (which is still used to date) of weaving this cloth in the Yoruba hinterlands, this video comes from Iseyin town, popular for Aso-Oke, some footage from other areas of Republic of Benin and Saki.

The cloth is hand woven as said before, and custom designed to taste. The craft is a true labour of love and this was surely the progenitor of what we call ‘blue jeans’ today. Many parts of Africa, India and the Orient make similar woven cloth, in a similar fashion if not identical.

The Aso-Oke is mandatory during traditional Ifa wedding ceremony, as part of the ‘load’ the bride-groom will bring for the bride, this is spoken about in detail within the recent book by S.Popoola & F.Oyesanya called Ikunle-Abiyamo. Which deals with the issue of marriage and the requirements according to Ifa. Aso-oke as with other cloth shows unity with people and specifically aso-oke acts as a symbol to unify a couple in marriage, which the groom provides to show-prove comfort, warmth and means, a must in traditional African marriage namely among the Yoruba people & Ifa followers.

The sue of cloth, and namely this traditional cloth, can not be substituted, in present day the use of lace is the vogue in Nigeria, yet the women to show opulence, will still wear a ‘gele’ head tie or waist wrapper made of this aso-oke, to accentuate their attire or show their means.

It is also common place to see several women use this aso-oke in unison to commemorator marriage, family, community group, relationship or so many other things.

Awoyinfa Ifaloju

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15 Responses to “BLACK MEN IN AMERIKKKA! -START WEARING AFRICAN CLOTHES AND YOU WILL GET RESPECT AND FEEL LIKE THE AFRICAN KING THAT YOU ARE!-ASO-OKE! – YORUBA TRADITIONAL CLOTH-THE MOST BEAUTIFUL CLOTH IN THE WORLD!”

  1. Cynthia Chinue X Cornelius Says:

    I love the Afrikan Fashion!

  2. Jammu Africa Says:

    The wearing of African dress does not move people to respect or admire you. Any African American looking for respect from wearing African dress is delusional, and living in a fancy world. African Americans have developed their own forms and styles of so-African dress, or Africanl identity dress. African Americans need to know the history of the tribes, before even wearing so-called African dress. For instance, the acceptance and wearing of Kinte Cloth from Ghana, the tribes of Ghana turned the African coast from the Grain Coast, to the Gold Coast, to the Slave Coast, while wearing Kinte Cloth. This is the same as wearing KKK clothing without knowledge! African Americans should not copy any groups dress, and especially not those oppressive Muslims or so-called Islamic dress. I think the Africans and Arabs see African Americans as a market, to push their so-called African and Arab culture and dress. African Americans do not need African or Arab traditions, culture, or dress to be African or to be respected. (That’s a sells pitch)

  3. Yeye Akilimali Funua Olade Says:

    JAMMU AFRICA AS A BLACK AMERIKKKAN I HAVE TO DISAGREE WITH YOU. FIRST WEARING KINTE CLOTH IS NOT KKK CLOTHING. IT IS THE PROUD CLOTH OF ASANTE KINGS! HOWEVER BEFORE I LEFT TO GO BACK TO AFRICA AND BE BLACK AND FREE FINALLY, I STARTED WEARING NOTHING BUT AFRICAN CLOTHES TO WORK AND EVERYWHERE ! THE RESPECT I GOT WAS TREMENDOUS! YOU SHOULD TRY IT SOMETIME BEFORE YOU CRITICIZE IT. WE ARE NOT COPYING WE ARE GOING BACK TO OUR TRUE SELVES THAT 400 YEARS HAS CUT US OFF FROM. LIKE MALCOLM X WHEN A BROTHER SAID “I AINT LEFT NOTHING IN AFRICA””-MALCOLM X REPLIED “WHY YOU LEFT YOUR MIND IN AFRICA””! THE ONE RARE TIME IN 2006 I CAME BACK TO SEE MY ILL IYA(MOTHER) I WAS SHOCKED THAT WHITES FROM THE EUROPEAN AIRPORT OFFICERS TREATED ME LIKE AN AFRICAN QUEEN AND ASKED ME WHAT COUNTRY AM I QUEEN OF. WHITES AND BLACKS IN AMERIKKKA WERE ALL SMILING AND ASKING ME RESPECTFUL QUESTIONS. ONE RACIST WHITE ASK IF HE COULD HUG ME(GUESS HIS PASTOR HAD TOLD HIM THAT HE MUST ATONE FOR SLAVERY AND HE FIGURED BETTER AN AFRICAN TO HUG THEN ONE OF OUR NEGROES!) I COULD NOT BELIEVE IT EVEN. BUT THIS I KNOW THESE ARE CLOTHES AND WE WILL FEEL MORE NATURAL IN THEM AND LOOK BETTER AND FEEL LIKE THE KINGS AND QUEENS WE ARE! GET BACK TO YOUR BLACK SELF! GET BACK TO YOUR OWN CULTURE AND STOP COPYING THE SLAVEMASTER’S CULTURE!

  4. Yeye Akilimali Funua Olade Says:

    I WROTE A POEM ABOUT BLACK WOMEN WEARING THE WHITE GIRLS CLOTHES’- ‘WEAR HER CLOTHES WORSHIP THE WHITE GIRL”” AND THAT IS REALLY WHAT IT IS-WE WORSHIP THE SLAVEMASTER BY WEARING HIS CLOTHES WHEN WE HAVE/HAD OUR OWN CLOTHES WHICH ARE BETTER THAN HIS! STOP BEING A SLAVE AND PICK UP YOUR OWN CLOTHES AND CULTURE, BACK TO BLACK-BACK TO AFRICAN BEHAVIOR-BACK TO BLACK SANITY!

  5. YEYE AKILIMALI OLADE Says:

    -WE WORSHIP THE SLAVEMASTER BY WEARING HIS CLOTHES!

  6. Vincent Silindile Mdidimba Says:

    Who first made clothes in the world. From which people the culture of making clothes started. We have to understand as people that wearing clothes is human culture that has evolved over many years and I bet it started in Africa since civilization of men began in our continent. And our ancestors have blessed the world with fashion and style. And our forefathers took the idea of wearing clothes to the world. We also have to understand that people have came up with their designs over the years and does not mean that we africans must not wear other styles and designed of other people. Come on Africans. Fashion changes all the times and we have to adapt but God’s principles do not change and we do not have compromise when it comes them.

  7. Jammu Africa Says:

    Yeye Akilimali Funua Olade: I belong to the only organization that is not influenced by or have any of the White Man’s teachings or religion. Imamaa Bilal teaches us the truth about so-called African Culture, Religion, Tribalism and Traditions, stating clearly that it is these things that brought about the criminal enslavement of our ancestors, and their criminal deportation from West Africa. Brother Malik Shabazz is his name, if you want to show respect, he spoke to the Organization of African Unity in 1964, I quote “Some African leaders at this conference have implied that they have enough problems here on the mother continent without adding the Afro-American problem. African America are your long-lost brothers and sisters, and I am here only to remind you that our problems are your problems. As the African-Americans “awaken” today, we find ourselves in a strange land that has rejected us, and, like the prodigal son, we are turning to our elder brothers for help. We pray our pleas will not fall upon deaf ears.
    We were taken forcibly in chains from this mother continent and have now spent over three hundred years in America, suffering the most inhuman forms of physical and psychological tortures imaginable.

    During the past ten years the entire world has witnessed our men, women, and children being attacked and bitten by vicious police dogs, brutally beaten by police clubs, and washed down the sewers by high-pressure water hoses that would rip the clothes from our bodies and the flesh from our limbs. And all of these inhuman atrocities have been inflicted upon us by the American governmental authorities, the police themselves, for no reason other than that we seek the recognition and respect granted other human beings in America.

    Our problems are your problems. We have lived for over three hundred years in that American den of racist wolves in constant fear of losing life and limb. Recently, three students from Kenya were mistaken for American Negroes and were brutally beaten by the New York police. Shortly after that two diplomats from Uganda were also beaten by the New York City police, who mistook them for American Negroes.

    If Africans are brutally beaten while only visiting in America, imagine the physical and psychological suffering received by your brothers and sisters who have lived there for over three hundred years. Our problem is your problem. No matter how much independence Africans get here on the mother continent, unless you wear your national dress at all time when you visit America, you may be mistaken for one of us and suffer the same psychological and physical mutilation that is an everyday occurrence in our lives.

    Our leader and teacher Imamaa Bilal teaches us to be ourselves and to dress modestly and appropriately. We are keenly aware that the wearing of African national dress has not done anything to change the conditions of Africans outside or inside of Africa. If you feel some sense of pride wearing other peoples dress to identify with some notion you have of belonging to Africa, that’s okay. I do not have to wear African garb to be respected, you see my people here in American have made it possible for Africans to come here from all over Africa to wear their national dress. Our people have made it possible for Africans and other minorities to be able to work in this country, and live in this country. Imamaa Bilal teaches us that African leaders have failed the countries that they rule, and in fact African leaders, African government is looked at as marginal at best. African Americans are leading the African world-wide in all areas that matter, economics, science, industry, education, and world influence. So why should I or any African America who is aware of his history, wear African dress to get respect. White America respects what African Americans have done during our criminal enslavement and afterwards, its evident in the relationship whites have with our communities. However, all you hear from Africans is Colonialism and the White man did this and the White man did that, Imamaa Bilal says that the Africans did it to themselves, as they are doing today, and Blaming!

    Brother Malik shabazz went on to say, “Your problems will never be fully solved until and unless ours are solved. You will never be fully respected until and unless we are also respected. You will never be recognized as free human beings until and unless we are also recognized and treated as human beings.

    Our problem is your problem. It is not a Negro problem, nor an American problem. This is a world problem, a problem for humanity. It is not a problem of civil rights, it is a problem of human rights. We pray that our African brothers have not freed themselves of European colonialism only to be overcome and held in check now by American dollarism. Don’t let American racism be “legalized” by American dollarism.

    To this day not one African leader are country has come forth to assist African Americans, Benin apologized and offers dual citizenship and land. However, most of us a broke and cannot take advantage of such an offer. Our leader Imamaa Bilal states that we must do for our selves and repatriate back to West Africa on our own land, under our own government!
    Visit our web site http://www.thenewunitedrepublic.com, take our Opinion Poll, you cannot get any Blacker than us! Our leader and his wife lived for several years in Senegal and The Gambia, and speak the tribal languages Wolof, and Fula. Our members are scattered around the world even in the UK and Ghana. We are connected to our brethren in Senegal, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, and Mali. Respectfully

    Salaamun Alaykum

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    • The New United Republic Says:

      Wearing African dress has not done anything to change the African Americans self-image or condition in the world. So now we are to dress in Yoruba traditional dress, weren’t the Yoruba instrumental in the enslaving of African people and their expulsion from Africa by ethnic cleansing. Or maybe you want us to wear the Kente cloth of the people of Ghana, these people from Ghana were the worst and caused the enslavement, rape, and murder of millions of Africans. Or maybe you want us to wear so-called Islamic dress, these people are responsible for starting the enslavement of black Africans, and have murdered, raped, enslaved, and committed other acts of genocide against black people. African dress, african culture and traditions can go to hell, by any means available!

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