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A Celebration of the Nigerian Gele by JTO Fashion | Photography by Benard Okulaja

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In this post today, Temi Otedola of JTO Fashion is sharing her creative collaboration with photographer, Bernard Okulaja and makeup artist of Makeup by Oma. Temi said;

The gele, the traditional head wrap worn by women in Nigerian culture. I have always had a slightly nostalgic moment when I wear a gele, and instantly flashback to old photos of my grandmother and mother wearing beautifully constructed head wraps.

For all the non-Nigerian readers, gele’s are usually worn to special occasions such as – weddings, anniversaries and formal events, however some truly fabulous women rock them even day to day. Most commonly used is the “Aso oke”, which is originally a ceremonial woven fabric made out of cotton or silk.

As a proud Nigerian and someone who loves to celebrate and embrace my beautiful culture, I was excited to explore the different ways the gele could be moulded to different moods using varying colours and patterns.”

Makeup & Gele:
Makeup by Oma | @makeupbyoma
Photography: Bernard Okulaja | @bernardokulaja


  1. Anon

    February 19, 2017 at 5:24 am


  2. Kay

    February 19, 2017 at 8:55 am

    Very nice.

  3. Mohammad

    February 19, 2017 at 12:17 pm

    Different patterns ke? All I see here are different colour geles tied in the same style.

  4. Lol

    February 19, 2017 at 3:00 pm

    A child that has absolutely no idea of her culture from the narrative. Gele and Aso Oke is traditional Yoruba. Not a Nigerian thing. Meet your father for traditional lessons or do some research and get your narrative right before writing online.

    • Jess

      February 20, 2017 at 1:42 am

      In a bid to mock this act of creativity, you only displayed your ignorance. We Igbos tie scarf and we call it Ichafu Isi. The bitterness on social media is sickening, how do people like you sleep at night

    • saide

      February 20, 2017 at 9:07 am

      im sorry,i tot yorubas are NIGERIANS ?

    • Bella

      February 20, 2017 at 11:08 am

      Amen and thank you!!!

  5. Joke

    February 19, 2017 at 10:17 pm

    Yes, the person who tied the gele is not trained nor creative enough. She wasted her time. Great concept, but bad/not well planned out execution.

  6. Jess

    February 20, 2017 at 1:35 am

    This is fantastic!!!!

  7. sharon

    February 20, 2017 at 5:44 pm

    Temi, the idea behind this was nice, what we’d have loved to see though is gele in different fabrics like damask and aso oke, and also outfits where they can be worn as day to day attires

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