THE WODAABE PEOPLE
The Wodaabe people are a tiny sub-group of the Fulani ethnic tribe, they are traditionally nomadic cattle rearers. Members of this tribe are nomadic in nature, their people originate from different parts of West Africa. They have earned a reputation for their incredible awareness of astethic and image, with a keen appreciation for vivid colors and exceptional design which is evident when considering their elaborate attire and over the top ceremonies.
The Wodaabe people have a very peculiar ceremony that puts their women in charge, the men of this tribe engage in beauty contest similar to the Miss World contests seen on television. The Wodaabe women, already regarded as the most striking and beautiful women in West Africa, have the added pleasure of overseeing this noble contest.
The week long celebration is known as Gerewol, an itinerary of activities that involve courtship arrangements , camel riding and most importantly the best looking male competition. The women, charged with judging the contest look out for certain factors in deciding the winner, the men are mostly judged on their grace, elegance and overall effort to steal the show.
Although this contests are set under the harsh conditions of the Saharan desert, the Wodaabe men take this competition as serious as any of their usual duties and responsibilities and the ultimate winner wears his title with pride.
It is quite exceptional that a tribe loosely affiliated with the religion of Islam is showing the world that you can challenge gender stereotypes and beauty norms and also have fun with it...
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