Cross-dressing in Nigeria: Style or Madness?

In recent times, the Nigerian entertainment scene has witnessed the style form of cross-dressing pop up one too many times. With acts like Denrele Edun (who can be said to have blazed the trail in Nigeria), Bob Risky, and Bisi Alimi to name a few, the trend may have unconsciously come to stay.

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L – Denrele, R- Bobrisky

Cross-dressing simply means the act of wearing items and/or using accessories that ideally belong to the opposite sex but the term is mostly used in the context of sexuality. This phenomenon is not entirely new in the feminine gender community as women who tend to dress like men are called tomboys but a man who pulls the same stunt is very likely to raise brows.

Some of the recent photos gaining rounds on social media include one by style icon, Noble Igwe where he posed in what can be said to be an ankara print 2-piece (one and half to be very honest). The controversial bottoms which were  pretty much 2 inches away from being a pair of full fledged bum-shorts showed off his rather nice legs. His pose further nailed the overall look and different hilarious comments have since flooded the post.

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Noble Igwe
cross-dressing
Noble Igwe

Two other interesting photos were spotted on Instagram; one of which had the “Free Madness” crooner Terry G posing beside a black tote bag while he out-rightly carried a somewhat carton-colored one in the second picture.

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Terry G
cross-dressing
Terry G

The big question on my mind right now is: Is it now a “thing” to rock female related clothing as a man in the ever accommodating name of style? Should it be a cause for cultural and moral concern to have men fix their lashes and their nails? Is it debatable that it is socially accepted for women to rock male gear and outlandish when the same is done by men?

I guess the only thing to do is to sit back and watch how this seeming evolution or revolution unfolds. I will be needing some popcorn for this!

 

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