Tolu Oye who is a Nigerian beauty entrepreneur got featured with Vogue, the young fashion student talks about growing up in Nigeria and the role played by her Nigerian parents in ensuring that she and siblings knew about the Nigerian heritage.
Tolu talks about her childhood with parents, she said as a child, I hated my mother’s love for Ankara and her desire to pass that love on to my siblings and me. I resented the way the rough texture rubbed against my skin and the looks I got for wearing it out in public.
On Sundays, in preparation for church, my siblings and I would angrily rummage underneath our beds for our wrinkled traditional clothes, counting down the hours until we were able to return home and rip them off our bodies. We would all scurry to the car, hoping not to be seen by our neighbours, who always looked at us questionably whenever they saw us in our traditional attire.
Tolu started realizing the importance of home when her and family visited Nigeria in 2012.
She said she was forced by her mother to take a trip to Nigeria, in 2012 and that was when she began go understand the importance of homeIt wasn’t until my mother forced me to take a trip to Nigeria, in 2012.
When I got back to Nigeria my grandmother invited all the children in our community to eat with us. She filled our by plates with rice and stew one by one As soon as we arrived in Nigeria, my grandmother invited all the children in the community to eat with us.
For the first time I saw my mother with her family laughing and catching up on lost time, I thought within me it was lovely. For the first time, i regretted all the years i had spent hating my culture.
The fashion student at the Fashion Institute of Technology, usually come back home alone and spend couple of months with her grandfather. After returning from the America in February this year, she took pictures with friends and extended family to express love the she got from the fabrics she cut and sew by herself.
Tolu celebrated the Nigeria independence that took place in October 1st, 2019. With the photos.