29 December 2012

Nigeria: Sanusi Bows to the Rhythm of Fashion

Apart from his sense of humour, something else that stands out about Malam Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria and Dan Majen Kano is his classicchoice when it comes to fashion. AMINA ALHASSAN AHMAN writes on the man and his style

His Classic Bow tie

Sanusi's taste for classic outfits has set him apart from his colleagues and contemporaries; some have seen him called him an eccentric because, ever since he came to the limelight as the 10th Governor of the CBN on March 6th, 2009, his love for the bow tie has not been hidden.

The bow tie is the most classic of all ties, the knot par excellence! Dating back to the 1700's, it used to be viewed as an accessory majorly used by the elderly, the elites or even the nerdy- types. That notwithstanding, the bow tie is one part of Sanusi's wardrobe that has remained constant. In fact, those who know him cannot remember him ever sporting a normal tie.

You are not alone sir! However the bow tie may have been viewed in the past, today, men are now reassessing it as a fashionable alternative to neckwear. The colours and designs have exploded and even young men are catching up with the trend.

His striped Suits

His white-striped suits are unconventional with the high collar vested suits that look like a combination of striped suit and a safari jacket all rolled up in one, notthe type of plain, trendysuits you see on bankers nowadays.

Still the traditional man

Aside his corporate style which forms part of his regular wardrobe, Sanusi still has time for caftans and babanrigas; he has been seen wearing them a number of times, especially on Fridays and when he is not on official assignment.

For those who are conversant with hand-embroidered caftans or babanrigas, you would know that they are expensive because of the exquisite designs they come in and the work that goes into them. But what else but the best for somebody who comes from royalty?

He made heads turn when heturned up at work in his full regalia-turban, royal cape and all, after being turbaned Dan Majen Kano.Looking all proud and regal, this man who exudes confidence showshe is comfortable wearing the traditional garb anywhere and anytime, even though it did cause quite a stir.

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