If a Nation’s economy is determined by how brilliant it is at given names to things, Nigeria will unarguably be the richest country in the world. But as fate will have it, it is not.

However, I believe this (naming things) is a national heritage that is worth mentioning as most naming helps in tracing the etymology of certain elements as well as their raison de tat behind them and their historical background.

In Nigeria, there are various fabrics and outfits that have the names of some places given to them, probably, due to where they are sourced from or due to some other circumstances.

Below are few you might not have taken significant cognizance of them.

ANKARA

The Ankara Fabric commonly known as ‘African prints’, ‘African wax prints’ ‘Holland wax’ and ‘Dutch wax’, is a 100% cotton fabric with vibrant patterns.

It is usually a coluorful cloth and is primarily associated with Africa because of its tribal-like patterns and motifs.

It is also a very versatile fabric and many items can be made from it such as hats, earrings, blazers, and shoes to name a few.

Even though ankara fabrics are associated with the African culture, its origins are not authentically and wholly African.

Dutch wax prints started out as mass-produced imitations of Indonesian batik fabric. It was originally intended for the Indonesian market but found a more enthusiastic market in West Africa, where it became symbols of traditional and high quality fashion.

From West Africa, this fabric spread to other parts of Africa and all over the world.

Ankara as a place is the capital of Turkey. It is an important commercial and industrial city, located at the center of Turkey’s road and railway networks.

The area is also known for its pears, honey and muscat grapes. Although situated in one of the driest places of Turkey and surrounded mostly by steppe vegetation except for the forested areas on the southern periphery, Ankara can be considered a green city in terms of green areas per inhabitant, at 72 square metres (775 square feet) per head.

Ankara is a very old city with various Hittite, Phrygia, Hellenistic, Roman, Byzantine, and Ottoman archaeological sites.

The historical center of town is a rocky hill rising 150 m (500 ft) over the left bank of the Ankara Çayı, a tributary oftheSakarya River, the classical Sangarius. The hill remains crowned by the ruins of the old citadel.

GUINEA

Like the Ankara Fabric, guinea fabric is also a 100 per cent cotton fabric but with a lightly embedded pattern.

It is not always a colourful cloth. It is mostly plain colour with no mixture of other colours and is primarily associated with Africa due to popular usage in the part of the world.

Guinea as a place is a country in West Africa, bordered on the west by the Atlantic Ocean. It is known for the Mount Nimba Strict Nature Reserve, in the southeast.

The reserve protects a forested mountain range rich in native plants and animals, including chimpanzees and the viviparous toad.

On the coast, the capital city, Conakry, is home to the modern Grand Mosque and the National Museum, with its regional artifacts.

Guinea is a predominantly Islamic country, with Muslims representing 85 per cent of the population.

Guinea’s people belong to twenty-four ethnic groups. French, the official language of Guinea, is the main language of communication in schools, in government administration, and the media, but more than twenty-four indigenous languages are also spoken.

Guinea’s economy is largely dependent on agriculture and mineral production. It is the world’s second largest producer of bauxite, and has rich deposits of diamonds and gold.

The country was at the core of the 2014 Ebola outbreak.

SENEGAL

Senegal is an outfit style worn by male and female. The male Senegal style is sewn long with sleeves like Jalbab (often called Jalabia).

It could be left plane on the neck or given some machine designs such as Tinco or handcrafted designs such as Jakon.

For the lady, it’s also long like a gown and a bit wide. It often gets design for beauty.

Many mistake Iro ati buba (wrapper and blouse for female) or buba ati sokoto (blouse and trouser for male) to be Senegal.

It must be noted that while Senegal is long, buba is short and accompanied with trouser or wrapper.

Senegal as a place is a country on Africa’s west coast with a rich French colonial heritage and many natural attractions.

Dakar, the capital, features the ancient Médina district and esteemed Musée Théodore Monod, displaying African art.

Dakar is also known for its nightlife, centred on native mbalax music. Saint-Louis, formerly the capital of French West Africa, has an old town with colonial architecture.

Senegal is named after the Senegal River, the etymology of which is contested. One popular theory (proposed by David Boilat in 1853) is that it stems from the Wolof phrase sunu gaal, which means “our canoe” (or pirogue), resulting from a miscommunication between 15th-century Portuguese sailors and Wolof fishermen.

The “our canoe” theory has been popularly embraced in modern Senegal for its charm. It is frequently used in appeals to national solidarity (e.g. “we’re all in the same canoe”), frequently heard in the media.

KAMPALA

Kampala fabrics are 100 per cent cotton fabric spice with simple and attractive pattern/design. It is a form of Batik design called Adire (tie and dye) in Nigeria. It is mostly found in Abeokuta, Ogun state.

Abeokuta Adire and Batik market is probably the largest tie and dye market in the whole of the west coast of Africa.

Here, the focus is mainly on the sale of adire and Kampala materials. For centuries, Egba women had ensured that the Adire (tie-dyeing) industry does not die by passing the intricate designing skills to their daughters.

The expansive Kemta Adire market in the heart of the historic town of Abeokuta bear vestiges of an age long trade that has engaged women for centuries.

Sprawling at the feet of the Itoko, with its old red roofs, the market attracts tens of thousands of traders and tourists alike on a daily basis.

Abeokuta has remained the major producer and selling centre of Adire, but Ibadan, a larger city to the north, become a nucleus of women artists who specialized in hand-painted Adire Eleko.

The wrapper design Ibadandun (“Ibadandun” meaning “the city of Ibadan is sweet”) is popular till this day. The fabrics also comes at very affordable prices. This market no doubts is a great destination for lovers of authentic African designs.

 

Kampala as a place is the capital of Uganda. Kampala is Uganda’s national and commercial capital bordering Lake Victoria, Africa’s largest lake.

Hills covered with red-tile villas and trees surround an urban centre of contemporary skyscrapers.

In this downtown area, the Uganda Museum explores the country’s tribal heritage through an extensive collection of artefacts. On nearby Mengo Hill is Lubiri Palace, the former seat of the Buganda Kingdom.

Kampala was named the 13th fastest growing city on the planet, with an annual population growth rate of 4.03 per cent, by City Mayors.

Kampala has been ranked the best city to live in East Africa ahead of Nairobi and Kigali by Mercer, a global development consulting agency based in New York City, U.S.

In December 2015, Google launched its first wi-fi network in Kampala.

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Author: Taofeek Ayeyemi