Leadership (Abuja)

1 December 2012

Nigeria: Rock the Frock...the Okonjo-Iweala, Alison-Madueke Way!

opinion

"The way we are seen is the way we are perceived" goes one Yoruba adage. It is not inappropriate for the rich and the famous to want to stand out in the crowd. Their upbringing, social class or position they hold is enough reason to compel them to be extraordinary in the way they are seen. Some go the extra mile to create a symbol of their style that is unique to them We have come to know some prominent Nigerians who have made a certain way of dressing come to mind.. Two women who stand out are Mrs Diezani Alison Madueke and Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala writes AMINA ALHASSAN AHMAN.

Diezani Has A Thing For Veils

Apart from being an enigmatic force within President Goodluck Jonathan's cabinet she is also seen as a powerful woman today due to her position and influence as the first woman to hold the position of Petroleum Resources minister. One thing that you can't mistake is Diezani Alison- Madueke's love for veils. She wears them everywhere. Her dressing is never complete without a veil.

Generally seen as a sign of decency in these parts, the veil gives its wearer respect and confidence apart from complimenting one's outfit. Veils come in different sizes; big, medium or small and various colours. Diezani usually goes for the big ones that she can easily drape over one shoulder (usually her left) and sometimes pairs it up with a matching head tie. Already a very attractive woman, the veil accentuates her beauty even more, making her look chic, sophisticated as well as traditional.

The veil has since become one of Diezani's favourite accessories, one that may be here to stay for a long time to come. In fact, when she makes an appearance at official functions and social events, the first thing to notice about her is what colour veil she has on.

Why Ngozi Ties Her Head Tie The Same Way

She may be one of the most talked about women in Nigeria, but one thing we don't know much about is how Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Minister for Finance gets her head scarf tied the same way every time.

Not known to be a fashionista, what clearly sets her aside is her knack for twisting her head tie stylishly a certain way every time she wears her native her Ankara outfits-and this is since her days in the World Bank. The way the head tie just sits there has people wondering if it is supported by something other than her low-cut hair.

Okonjo-Iweala once revealed jokingly in an interview (not with LEADERSHIP)that she adopted her style of outfits "during the rush before the school run as an easy answer to a smart look."

So, as a very busy woman and perhaps out of the need to get things done fast, she opts for the easiest way to look simple, yet nice at the same time. Her signature accessory of pearls or beaded jewellery she also keeps nice and simple.

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