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ASO EBI WAHALA



I sit before my African Blackwood desk, on my Limbic chair, looking out of my window, at the picturesque view of the mountains. In the course of an involuntarily twitch of my neck, I glimpse my calendar and I see... It's November. Naturally I begin to reminisce, to evaluate, to assess, to call to mind... I ask myself, Thelma, what doest thou in .....Lol. I cannot keep this up. What I'm trying to say is this, it's November, one month away from another year.
Naturally I think about how my year has been so far. Right now, I'm not thinking about the resolutions I made at the beginning of the year, I'm not thinking about goals I set and those I have or have not achieved. No, I'm not thinking that deep. Not because I don't want to, but because all I seem to be able to think about when I think about 2013 is WEDDINGS! I guess this is because I attended more weddings in 2013 than I ever have in my entire life. Maybe because I'm at that age where everyone is getting married. I think about these weddings and I try to think about how beautiful the brides were, how dapper the grooms looked, the hot grooms men, the brides exquisite wedding dresses and bridal makeup, the fantastic get ups at the weddings like everyone is trying to out do the next person, the couples entertaining entrance into the reception, the attendees dressed to kill and posing for pictures while mentally hash-tagging them ASO EBI BELLA. But like an oversize billboard blocking everything else from sight, all I think about is ASO EBI!
        Now were do I begin, I'm sure we all know what Aso Ebi is. If you don't then look it up in The Oxford dictionary, I can bet my last naira it would be there by now. It usually starts like this. Friend pings you to tell you "hey luv, we've set dates for our wedding o!" And you're like "YAYYY!!!". Then she sends a message which reads something like "we would love for you to make our day more colorful/beautiful by wearing our Aso Ebi". At this point your dare to hope that it would be free but just before you're allowed to, she then sends another message, in case you didn't read the last one, "Babe Aso Ebi is ready o! When are you buying yours", then your "YAY!!!" Becomes "Ye!" Sometimes the bride may (feel the need to) add that the Aso Ebi is not compulsory, it's your presence that matters. Yeah right! Let me digress a bit, this happened to me some months back. My friend had both her traditional and white weddings in the same month, and having bought the Aso Ebi for the white wedding (which burnt a hole in my pocket) I was quite oblivious to the one for the traditional marriage, till she pinged me to ask if I'd gotten mine. I hesitated in answering and she immediately added that it wasn't compulsory, all that mattered was that I came. And I BELIEVED her! Long story short, I was the only one at that marriage ceremony who did not wear the Aso Ebi. I looked and felt so out of place. I stood out like a sore thumb and felt like a turkey amidst peacocks. In fact I became so paranoid that I began to hear people call me "enemy of progress". Lol. 
       My thinking about Aso Ebi, especially when I get such messages asking me to help make the wedding more colorful or beautiful, is, should it then not be free, seeing as I am "helping"?. Some Aso Ebis are so costly that when you're paying, you're asking yourself, how much did I even make this month? Then you also remember 'real' responsibilities that you need to take care of. And while you're still beating yourself up, in panic you realize, you're not going to hold the Aso Ebi in your hands and wave it in the air as you enter the wedding, no, you're going to need to sew it! At this point you almost give up. 
        Brides should bear in mind that "Aso Ebi" is hardly ever in anyone's monthly budget and be reasonable when fixing prices.The way I see it, people are coming to celebrate with you on your very special day, one of the most memorable days of you life. They shouldn't have to suffer for it. Also bear in mind money for sewing, flight/taxi/fuel, accessories to go with your beautiful Aso Ebi. Our dear iyawos should put into consideration their friends and know that at this age where we're all just trying to get by, there's a limit to our spending power.
        Though, I rant, I have no regrets about any Aso Ebi I've bought this year, because if I spent my hard earned money on Aso Ebi its because the bride is totally worth it and I love her to bits.
        There are a few people who do not sell their Aso Ebi but give them to invitees gratis. Big shout out to these people. I hope to do the same one day. Or maybe, like a friend said "I will not complain. I will keep buying and when my turn comes I will show them pepper". Lol. I agree jor, I don't think it's in my place to break the cycle. 
         My darling brides to be, please be merciful with the prices of your Aso Ebi. You can get some moderately priced, yet, very beautiful ones. Please, because if not, at this rate I won't be able to save up for that land in Eko Atlantic!

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  1. Hehe! Nice one. Please help us beg them

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    1. Lol. I will try, but after I've sold my own Aso Ebi o! LOL!

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  2. Dodo you're so funny. Trust me during my own time even my married friends will buy whether they attend or not. I love your blog. Gigi.

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  3. my own is the higher the price of Aso ebi,the lower gift i will buy. infact i will come empty handed. lol Thelma you're funny.

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  4. ...and most times you cant wear them again. If it makes a hole in my pocket, best believe i'm going to re-rock it for their anniversary every year...hehe

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