On Air Peace “Isiagu” Attire

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I have read very interesting and somewhat ridiculous analysis on a simple act that I would have thought is a beautiful way to celebrate and showcase an aspect of one of Nigeria’s cultures amongst the myriads of beautiful cultural attires that abound in Nigeria

I really love that infusion. The cabin crew all looked bright and elegant in their Isiagu

When you fly many international airlines, you see something that speaks of where the airline comes from either through colour depiction, language use or even food served.

And we have this beautiful opportunity to showcase one that comes from our country and heads are about falling off shoulders!

But the beautiful thing is that I have had the singular honour to tell so many of my friends here about Isiagu. Someone from Croatia asked me few minutes ago “what is Isiagu?”😊. Thank you dear Dr (Barr) Allen Onyema. You do this one o(as we say in Pidgin)

Personally, I love everything that reminds me of my culture as an African, a Nigerian, an Igbo originally, Hausa by birth, Bini by early years integration and a global citizen by profession. I wore Ankara sewn in English official styles a few times (to fit the organisation’s house style) to read the news, I had cowries styled into my hair to anchor prime time news, I have my dreads on to correspond both on local and international TV. It is a thing of pride to me. And seeing Air Peace cabin crew wearing Isiagu on their inaugural London flight made me so proud. The same way I would have felt if the crew wore a style made from the Hausa “shedda”, the Idoma “apa”, Tiv’s “A’nger”or Efik’s “Onyonyo”

In my opinion, it should perhaps stir up some sort of yearning for cultural appreciation among the people of Nigeria and spur the curiosity of non-Nigerians to want to know.

That is the conversation we should be having at best and not the unhealthy bickering.

Having said that, I saw people eating ofe onugbu (bitter leaf soup) and affang (vegetable soup) on that flight too. Dear Dr (Barr) Allen Onyema when will you begin Lagos -Frankfurt biko zie?

Congratulations are in order Air Peace

Ya gazie

Amaka Okoye

Amaka Okoye

A seasoned and an award-journalist who has practiced both in and outside of Nigeria. She has covered varied beats but her forte is Conflict and Crisis Reporting. She majors in reporting terrorism, banditry and abductions in the Northern part of Nigeria.

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