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Nigeria's hipster herders - the funky Fulanis
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Nigeria's hipster herders - the funky Fulanis

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Bling earrings, shaved eyebrows and SLOTXO funky hairstyles are not what many would normally associate with Nigeria's Fulani herders,
who spend most of their time in the forests herding cattle.


But on occasions such as last week's Eid al-Kabir, as Eid al-Adha is known locally, when they head out to the city centres in northern
Nigeria to celebrate with other Muslims, their colourful outfits really stand out.


And unlike many Muslims in this conservative part of the country, they choose not to wear traditional gowns, or kaftans, but trendy clothes
inspired by hip-hop and Afrobeats stars.


The jackets, ankle-high boots and head warmers are reminiscent of the 1990s hip-hop scene, while many young male Fulani herders say
they are now more influenced by Nigeria's Afrobeats scene. Naira Marley, based hundreds of miles away in Lagos, was mentioned
repeatedly as having the most impact on their style by revellers in the capital, Abuja.


"I love Marley," said Musa Sani, who had an MP3 bluetooth player dangling from his neck with his underpants visible above his low-slung
trousers.


He and about 300 others gathered in an open field to the outskirts of Abuja in Lugbe close to the airport, as authorities closed parks and
other recreational places to enforce Covid-19 regulations.


There, with plenty of sunshine and away from security agents, the young herders had plenty of time to strut their style and take pictures
on their phones.


While the youngsters are about in town celebrating with their peers, the older ones are usually at home entertaining guests or holding
communal meetings.


It is considered disrespectful for Fulani children to attend the same events as their parents, so adults stayed away when the young visited
the city centres in Abuja.
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