SOUVENIRS! SOUVENIRS! SOUVENIRS!

Hi everyone,my sincere apologies for not posting any topic in a long while.

it’s not so easy combining a 7am- 6pm job with family and blogging at the same time.

 So now we are in the ‘ember’ months already and this is a time where most people fix their weddings and other parties.

Therefore, aso-ebi becomes the order of the day. And we all know that gifts are attached to aso-ebi by celebrants and in today’s post we are going to focus on SOUVENIRS!

 Most times when guests purchase aso-ebi from friends, colleagues or family members celebrating an occasion, we expect to get a souvenir attached to it (that’s our Naija thank you card)

Here in Naija we feel it’s a way of appreciating who ever took out money (possibly meant for something else) to buy aso-ebi just to grace our parties.

 The type of souvenir given out most times is relative to the kind or cost of material used as aso-ebi.

For example, I will not expect someone who sold Ankara material(6 yards) for N3,000 to give out electric iron worth N2000 as souvenir neither will i expect another celebrant that sold a lace material (Swiss) for like N40000 to give out plastic bowl of N50 as souvenirs.

The social status/financial capability of the celebrant can also be a factor when choosing souvenirs. Let me note that souvenirs are not compulsory but well appreciated.

 Your friends, family members or invitees are not honoring your invitation or buying your aso-ebi because of souvenirs but most people consider giving out souvenirs as a way of showing gratitude.

For the purpose of this post, I will mention examples of souvenirs that you can give out or attach to your aso-ebi at distribution point as you plan for your next ‘owambe’

Souvenirs nowadays can be anything from household items to groceries, electronics, kitchen utensils and even clothing materials.

Below is a list of items that can be used as souvenirs:

• Set of cooking spoons   • Set of pots   • Frying pans

 set of pots        cooking spoons       frying pans

• Mugs      • Glass cups  . chopping board

set of mugs       glass cups       chopping board

• Set of knives, plates, kitchen napkins/gloves

set of knives   set of plates        napkins

 • Key holder  • Biros/Pen • Writing pad

key holder     pen    note pad

 • Pressing iron  • Radio  • Mobile phones

untitled     radio   phone

 • Detergent • Manicure set • Bath set

manicure      bath set      detergent

 • Clothing materials  • Shopping bags  • Photo frames

material   bags  photo frame

 • Citrus squeezer  • Wall clock  • Rechargeable lamp

juice squeezer         clock    lamp

• Waste basket  • Spice set . Electric shaver

spice set  waste basket   shaver

 So you can make your choice within your budget and make your guests smile even as you get fulfilled having a well-organized party.

P.s: You can personalise any of the above listed items by inscribing your name(s) on them before distribution.

Cheers

Modupe

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The Concept

For some people probably Non-Nigerians, they would be wondering what’s this Aso-ebi all about; so i would like to do a brief introduction of the term ‘’Aso-ebi’’ for clarity of the subject matter.

Aso-ebi is a Yoruba word meaning ‘family cloth/fabric; It’s a fabric used to identify a family mostly the close family of the celebrant in a party. Be it weddings, birthdays, house warming parties aside from the usual colour code given to guest, the close family will always pick a uniform material to wear to the event to signify unity and oneness in the family.

Over the time, Aso-ebi bug extends from family to close friends and later to all invitees or guests.In some settings, the immediate family Aso-ebi would  differ from that of the  friends of the celebrant  and  another fabric could be  sold to ’other’ invited guests.The price of fabrics and quality always vary depending on the fashion taste of the celebrant 

Aso-ebi could be in form of fabrics like Ankara, cotton lace, French lace or just the traditional headgear(gele/aso-oke) women and cap for men.Image

 In most Nigerian weddings the colour and fabric of Aso-ebi of the two families always differ i.e the grooms family aso-ebi would be different from that of the bride’s family.

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Wearing a certain Aso ebi identifies the group of wearers and you get ‘compensated’ with some sort of special souvenirs.*wink*

 But most importantly for me,i think Aso-ebi is just an expression of family pride, unity and friendship!

Xoxo

Modupe