In Nigeria, the style in Yoruba is called "agbada" and is worn in a pretty similar way with a long sleeved or sometimes short sleeved tunic called buba, long tie-up trousers called sokoto, and a complimentary hat called Fila. In Hausa, the boubou style is called "babban riga".
Even though the term "Boubou" has Senegalese origins, the style is native to other African ethnic groups and regions. The wearing of the boubou can be traced back to as far as the 8th century. It was clothing worn by the Tukulor, Mandé, and Songhai peoples. The style is widely worn in other West African and Central African countries such as Nigeria, Ghana, Mali, Cameroon, Congo, etc. In Nigeria, the style in Yoruba is called "agbada"
For women, the style has slightly evolved and can be worn without the wrapper and you will hear people describe it as a kaftan.
Depending on the type of fabric and prints used to design the boubou, it can range from very casual to very elaborate. Also, a women's boubou can be loose-fitting making it more modest or it can be designed to hug the body, making it more flattering and sexy.
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