Politics during the first republic was quite interesting and fashion was most likely not the discourse or focus at the time. However, decades after, some of the fashion trends from that time continue to wow people.
Politicians are known to dress in certain ways that are quite befitting for their status. Despite that, some people made it a point to make grand and lasting fashion statements.
Nigeria’s finance minister during the first republic, Festus Okotie-Eboh, was one man who knew how to turn heads with his flamboyant outfits.
Eboh was reportedly given the nicknames Omimi-Ejoh or Ejoh bilele which means the man with long feature and flowing wrappers due to his interestingly long wrappers that often competed with the train of a bride’s wedding gown.
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The former minister of finance was often spotted wearing long and colourful wrappers that dragged along behind him only for the ends to be fastened to the neck of a young errand boy.
Eboh was obviously very proud of his Itsekiri culture and he made this known with his outfits at all times.
However, the former minister was reportedly assassinated on January 15, 1966, in Lagos. It has been claimed that bullets could not penetrate his body so he was fastened to a moving car and dragged till he died.
What a sad end!
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