Hey Divas,

It’s not quite clear where the custom originated in Africa, but a gele is a cultural must-have accessory across Africa, particularly in Nigeria where it is called a gele. With a resurgence in African pride in recent years, the head wrap has become stylish among African communities across the world.

Experts in the use of this accessory are the Yoruba tribe, who perfected the tying of this traditional head wrap into elaborate concoctions to enhance the beauty of the face, complement the outfit and act as a regal crown to grace the head of proud, dignified African women.

The process of tying gele is a real “work out” for the arms for African women. As they stand in front of the mirror, battling with the stiff and crispy Switzerland fabric, Damask, or “Aso oke,” this is an African woman’s moment of creativity as there are some occasions where it is the ideal way of answering “present.”

Some women tie their own in advance and then on the special day, you place it on your head like a crown and hold it in place with some hair pins.

Gele is a serious affair in Africa.

Although head dressing can be found in almost every African culture, the gele has gone from beyond  a mere head covering, to a creation of art.

To grace your events this week, here are some gele styles in pictures for you…


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An artfully folded gele is part of everyday wear and de rigueur for special occasions like weddings.

Which of these looks is your favourite? Be sure to share it with us in the comment box.

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