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Firm & Beautiful! Watch Adenike Ogungbe of Ewar Makeovers share Tips on “How to Tie Gele”



Adenike Ogungbe of Ewar Makeovers - May 2013 - BellaNaija

Every bride’s traditional attire is also as important as her wedding dress. From the sequin adorned aso-ebi to the precious gems for her neck and ears as well as her sparkling stilettos. But the cherry on top for her dazzling look is the firm and beautiful gele on her head.

Adenike Ogungbe of Ewar Makeovers shares easy DIY tips for all brides prepping for their D-Day. She covers most of difficult parts including the right way to pack your hair to the back to folding and tying the fabric.

Check it out!

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  1. Bleed blue

    May 16, 2013 at 1:15 pm

    I could watch ten thousand videos and still not grasp this gele tying business…unfortunately certain things will forever remain a mystery to some 🙁

    • Chikaka

      May 16, 2013 at 4:58 pm


    • All about Nigeria

      May 22, 2013 at 5:50 pm

      i second that

  2. LPS

    May 16, 2013 at 1:17 pm

    Thanks for sharing. 🙂

  3. london's finest

    May 16, 2013 at 1:37 pm

    bookmarked !

    bella naija, una do well for this. mwuah !

  4. Funke

    May 16, 2013 at 1:40 pm

    I love Nike, she’s beautiful…

  5. kaymi

    May 16, 2013 at 1:43 pm

    wow, now i can tie my gele all by myself, thanks for the tip!

  6. oSinakachi

    May 16, 2013 at 1:54 pm

    Pls can anyone tell me where I can get this type of bead set she’s wearing in abuja?

    • Heeba

      May 16, 2013 at 6:39 pm

      08051107955 halima ……..thank me later

    • lynn's Armoire

      May 17, 2013 at 9:57 am

      Hello sinakachi. U can add me up on BBm, I have a vwide variety of beads u can choose from.2A03BE4B. Tanx

    • neon

      May 17, 2013 at 11:56 am

      Check The Pearl shop on facebook, lovely lady who makes custom jewelry, she made my wedding jewelry, and affordable too.

    • Zee

      December 29, 2013 at 3:27 pm

      Add 7C8C14A4. Beautiful beaded accessories for all occasions 🙂

  7. temifunky

    May 16, 2013 at 2:06 pm

    I really, really like this, well done

  8. Hurperyermie

    May 16, 2013 at 2:26 pm

    tanks this is a step further

  9. yoyo

    May 16, 2013 at 2:27 pm

    horrible tutorial.. what happened to the most important step which is giving form to the gele in front?? this babe stopped the video when she tied the gele at the back and the next step we saw was the gele already formed in front… how did that happen?? hiss.. total 419 video

    • Lilly

      May 16, 2013 at 3:10 pm

      That was why her email was on the screen. Pls email her for more info and stop hating. People pay huge for this tutorial, u get it for free and u are complaining.

    • Nawa OOO

      May 16, 2013 at 7:47 pm

      how is that hating. she was just stating that she missed the most important step please go to the dictionary and look for a new word other than HATER.

    • Lizzy

      May 16, 2013 at 3:49 pm

      There’s nothing more to the gele than what we’ve seen my dear. Only few will teach u the logic behind their work, let’s try and appreciate this. Abi?

    • Buks

      May 18, 2013 at 9:26 pm

      you comment to me is not constructive pls that is not how to pass a positive criticism~

  10. amarachi

    May 16, 2013 at 2:29 pm

    Wow 9ice I m going to try dis @ home thanks

  11. d

    May 16, 2013 at 2:54 pm

    @yoyo true oo just 419 , na idea 2 draw customers.

  12. omalicha

    May 16, 2013 at 3:01 pm

    God bless you for this wonderful tips

  13. favour

    May 16, 2013 at 3:05 pm

    Not a good teacher

  14. london's finest

    May 16, 2013 at 3:13 pm


    thats true sha! i didnt notice it until you mentioned it.

    thats rather deceptive IMO.

    bookmark deleted !

  15. Jolly girl

    May 16, 2013 at 3:23 pm

    I tie headgears very well and yes I did notice how she hid her *selling point* folds in front from us viewers but since I am good at it I gained something and that’s tying gele front to back and not the opposite as I’m used to. Txs Nike.

  16. Abiola

    May 16, 2013 at 3:27 pm

    Awon aiyeeeeeeee….

  17. Lamide

    May 16, 2013 at 3:28 pm

    Pretty nike

  18. Warri Pickin

    May 16, 2013 at 3:43 pm

    heyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy i love it, thank you Lady EWAR now i can tie my gele perfectly without stressing my fingers, neck, shoulder, and even my make up / mirror………

  19. tbn

    May 16, 2013 at 3:52 pm

    Nice. Pls give us tutorial on how to tie the other kind of gele not aso oke, cos its easier to tie the aso oke one compared to the other one…

    • OmoBabaLoke

      May 20, 2013 at 7:27 am

      I totally agree with that, I wish she used damask gele instead of aso oke. I will try them later, hopefully it’ll turn out good *finger crossed*

  20. esther

    May 16, 2013 at 4:01 pm

    yoyo i agreed with you there, all the same Big thanks to Nike……… least had gained one or two ideas

  21. Omilola

    May 16, 2013 at 4:39 pm

    Well done Ewar

  22. FUNMI

    May 16, 2013 at 6:18 pm

    Thank you Nike and Bella. Kindly show us how to tie Gele gidi. We got Aso Oke, so we need Gele gidi I mean the Sagoe Gele. Thanks

  23. NNENNE

    May 16, 2013 at 9:18 pm

    There is no one way of tying ‘gele ‘ or’ Ichafu’. Whatever suits my face, I wear. Love the creativity.
    Good job, though.

  24. Sara

    May 17, 2013 at 12:17 am

    Could someone please tell me or show me a video of how to get the folds in the front. Every video that I’ve seen the person doesn’t show that step. Is it some ancient secret only a few people know about?

  25. Funtizzy

    May 17, 2013 at 12:27 am

    I like

  26. deep

    May 17, 2013 at 7:10 am


  27. Jay

    May 17, 2013 at 7:39 am

    Pls where can i get Nike’s bead in lagos @ an affordable price?

  28. Joy

    May 17, 2013 at 8:37 am

    Nice one…more tips abeg!!!

  29. DA

    May 17, 2013 at 9:00 am

    thanks Nike, please show us tips of how to tie together 2 of those normal gele, like the Niger Delta ple do for weddings..I like it.

  30. Triangle

    May 17, 2013 at 9:22 am

    Lol @ London Finest’s comment. No be small bookmark deleted.
    I’m a stalker of makeup blogs and it was just yesterday that I saw this gele tutorial by Ewar on Sitprettyinc’s blog.
    I attempted to tie it on my sister’s head and almost gave up, it looks so easy in the video, was wondering what I was doing wrong, its just after the above poster mentioned it that I noticed. She skipped the major step.
    I got it to the point of tying it at the back, the folds didn’t come out well. Oh, well. Trade secret, we yaff hear 😀

  31. creamy

    May 17, 2013 at 9:31 am

    Well she covered the basics of how to fold the edge how to place the gele(long hand and short hand),also she mentioned that the long hand will go round 2ce and that is how u get the folds in front (to those who r asking), if u want more folds as u r making the the 2nd fold/turn of the long hand u fold the the inner edge of the gele and at the same time lay it b4 u knot it at the back, its a little tricky but with practise u’ll get it. The way ur gele comes out depends on what u r trying to achieve and don’t wait till that wedding or occassion before sweating it out in front of a mirror (lol) find time to practise ur tying skills. Another good tip is don’t look at the mirror while tying, tye it 1st then use the mirror to adjust what u don’t like about it.

  32. eshiora

    May 17, 2013 at 11:36 am

    nice job nike.keep it up

  33. Funmi

    May 17, 2013 at 11:40 am

    Typical Nigerian no appreciation

  34. Omotoyosi

    May 17, 2013 at 12:27 pm

    I’ve been to make p and bead making school and trust me, they won’ teach you more than what you just saw in the video. You will be be creative yourself to get something beautiful if not better than what she tied. That’s just the basics, the rest is left for you to figure out. E.g Our teachers thought us the method on how to solve mathematics, but you weren’t told that you will solve a derivative at the end of it all. Nice one EWAR!

  35. MO

    May 17, 2013 at 12:34 pm

    Na wa Oooo.

    When would some people learn to say thank you?..

    No body asked for it but she still did and gave basic tips about Gele tie …

    EWAR.. Me love and pls do keep it up and keep the tips coming …

    GOD bless your work ….

  36. viv

    May 17, 2013 at 12:39 pm

    good stuff nike!

  37. da ouch

    May 17, 2013 at 2:23 pm

    few more tips. if the gele is long enough as most aso oke are these days, you can make it same length on both sides(starting from the front as shown in the video), knot it at the back then you can bring each side across in front while forming the steps before the final knot at the back. (the first knot keeps it secure while you try to achieve the steps in front). i hope this makes sense.

  38. Tutu

    May 17, 2013 at 4:07 pm

    han han!!! She tried naaa…Thanks nike.

  39. Manda

    May 17, 2013 at 6:43 pm

    Beautiful glee and easy tutorial. Thanks for sharing.

  40. ibitayo

    May 17, 2013 at 8:36 pm

    oh, so why cant people learn to appreciate? maybe cos if you cant give your all, dont give at all…. probably why.

    • Tunmi

      May 17, 2013 at 11:16 pm

      exactly. These people should really just stop with forcing people to see things their way. If you’re going to do something, don’t half-ass it and don’t expect people to like your half-ass work.

    • London's finest

      May 18, 2013 at 1:04 pm

      Spot on!!!

  41. Aryah

    May 17, 2013 at 9:29 pm

    Thank you so much. It’s so easy. I always thot that it was a talent.
    I shall retreat to my room now and practice.

  42. Angel

    May 18, 2013 at 5:02 pm

    I love this…..It is soo awesome and helpful.

  43. ms sexy

    May 18, 2013 at 6:20 pm

    thanks for that
    if u know how to tie a bit, she wl see she didnt really hide anything, if she dd not turn d back which is d most difficult u may not really get it, d first u take to d back gives u 1 fold, d 2nd u bring to d front gives u another fold, bt d time u push and adjust u shd v 3/4 folds, 5/6 folds na aseju if u r not d celebrant and if u are, get an expert *smile*

    • Ady

      May 20, 2013 at 9:36 am

      Did you know this was exactly what I was going to say. The back is the hardest for me, and it was so good to see how she tied @ the back. And I figured, getting to the back was at least 2 folds. She covered all I needed to get my gele tied, The rest is if I wanted more folds. Which I don’t really fancy. I think the number of folds is also dependent on choice. And she more than covered all you needed. Well done lady. Thank you so so much.

  44. PrettyK

    May 20, 2013 at 1:33 am

    In her defence, this video was shot many months ago and was in no way a way to attract customers. It was a 1st attempt at a tutorial since it’s hard for anyone to teach you anything in Nigeria for free except a few who try to blog and share what they use / how they do it. She indeed shared the EWAR way of tying gele and because she ties ‘hers’ really small,she shared that too. So blame the skipped part on the videographer and not on her. Im sure if some steps weren’t skipped, you still wont be able to tie it like her. Shikena!!

  45. Faith

    May 21, 2013 at 1:52 am

    Thanks for sharing!

  46. Afrique

    May 23, 2013 at 4:46 pm

    Good. very helpful.

  47. zeinab o

    May 29, 2013 at 6:20 pm

    thanks alot! well needed and appreciated!

  48. Chynadollng

    May 31, 2013 at 10:26 am

    She didnt do anyone 419 o…u have to arrange the front yourself and to your taste.. Once you take the longer side over the front again, the layering is done..hence the reason she kept saying you should make sure its flat…it looks easy tho but its not..Thanks EWar.

  49. Dzigbordi

    June 12, 2013 at 1:23 am

    Ooooooh thank you soooo much. Now I can sort myself out. This is really exciting info!

  50. Tolu

    July 3, 2013 at 6:37 pm

    R.I.P dear Ewar, you were an inspiration to alot of us all, and ur works were always so flawless. you’ll definitely be missed in the beauty industry.

  51. Moi

    July 3, 2013 at 7:27 pm

    RIP Ewar

  52. candylips

    July 3, 2013 at 7:34 pm

    Gone like a candle in d wind RIP EWAR

  53. slim

    July 3, 2013 at 7:53 pm

    It’s soooo sad mehn

  54. Sussy

    July 3, 2013 at 9:57 pm

    RIP Ewar, this video inspired me to try tying my gele myself, always needed help or opted ou of the idea completely.

  55. lalaroses

    July 4, 2013 at 12:46 am

    RIP. Please what happened to this beautiful woman in such a short time. somebody please do tell

  56. Chikaka

    July 5, 2013 at 9:18 pm

    Came back to watch this. Very sad. rest in peace.

  57. ify

    December 14, 2013 at 8:11 pm

    Sometimes all we owe the next person is kindness…,word of advice, if u have nothing good to say about someone, then don’t say a word…..just bite your tongue hard..,,,real hard.

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