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« on: September 28, 2004, 01:18:47 PM »

I recieved this as an e-mail that is why the url is not available.

Attempts are gathering pace to stop young Nigerian footballers from wearing hair braids, dreadlocks and earrings

Many of Nigeria's top footballers, including their captain Jay-Jay Okocha and top striker Nwankwo Kanu, have their hair braided, but some football officials seem to have had enough.

One senior football official has ordered the removal of any
unacceptable players at an upcoming junior tournament.

He said their behaviour was not culturally acceptable and promoted homosexuality.

Just last week a leading government official from the information ministry, Otunba Olusegun Runshewe, castigated the trend setters on national television.

"Our youths are now taking after our great football stars... don't forget that in the developing world that the braiding of hair and ear-rings have a sense of homosexuality," he told me.

In a country where football is like a religion, these comments are prompting a heated debate on football fashion.

'Moving with the times'

Some sports administrators feel a player should be banned from playing should he arrive on pitch with an unusual hairdo.

"He should be even suspended for some years or even banned from playing football," said football administrator Ahmed Lawan. He has told those refereeing the Youth Championships to remove offending players even if they are the best players on the field.

But not everyone down at Abuja's old stadium, where I went to see the under-18 Kaduna versus Jos match, agreed with these harsh measures.

"I don't see it as if these guys are gay. I see them portraying
Africa culture in another perspective," one male spectator said.

"Times are changing, that's why these footballers are moving with the times.

"When the Jay-Jay Okochas and the Nwankwo Kanus braid their hair, they are practising African culture. After all braiding hair is an African culture," another football fan said.

'Man's game'

But some female onlookers were more dismissive about men wearing jewellery and braiding their locks.

"I don't see why boys... [are] turning themselves into girls when football is a man's game," one woman said.

One of the players at the game with a jerry-curl hair style said his wet-curl look made him more noticeable and helped him score goals.

"That's the way I want it. I want to be like a professional," he

Although team captain, Sunday, said he did not approve of such foreign-influenced coiffure.

"I'm from a well-trained Christian home, so I can't braid my hair," he said.

But, however heated the debate, it will not change one fashion in Nigeria - the passion for football, where a major match will always bring the whole country to a standstill.


Condtradiction Alert!!!!
"Although team captain, Sunday, said he did not approve of such
foreign-influenced coiffure.

"I'm from a well-trained Christian home, so I can't braid my hair,"
he said.

Isn't Christianity in Nigeria the foreign influence???!!! Isn't English? Is the Name "Sunday" from any of the Nigerian tribes in origin? Why and how the hell are dread locks and braids foreign? Now Jerry curls...yah, they might have to go(I'm not quite sure how you can hit the ball off your head with that greasy mess)...and I can understand maybe the jewelry(more for safety reasons but prior to colonization men wore jewelry also)....But dread locks and braids? The Mau-Mau "started" that in Kenya, and that's debatable, more like they(Dedan Kimathi) made them popular via the international media, tribal people have been wearing their hair like that for millenia!  

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« Reply #1 on: September 28, 2004, 01:51:52 PM »

This is an excellent example of how Christianity and European culture has brainwashed me brethren. As you stated Oshun aren't braids, dreadlocks, and earrings inherently African. The names escape me but wasn't it a practice in some ancient tribes for men to dress elaborately - in makeup,earrings, gawdy attire - and dance in front of eligible women who would then choose the most outgoing as her mate. Also the Ibo of Nigeria have always locked  and braided their hair.

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« Reply #2 on: October 19, 2004, 12:40:24 PM »

This is one of our biggest problems today - African and even African Descendants refuse to be and love who they are.  What does a hairstyle have to do with what you believe in.  It's like Morgan Heritage put it best " You don't haffe dread to be rasta " " This is not a dreadlocks thing it's divine conception of the heart."  Even in modern day Africa the remnants of colonial imperialism are still very much alive and living.  If we as a people do not learn to love and embrace our culture- Do you really expect the white man to.  Black people are lost and need to wake and realize that no matter what we do to ourselves they will never see us as equal.  I am proud to be black.  I feel as though all blacks should be. Our hair is different, our bone structure is different.  We are a unique people.  

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