What I’m Wearing
Jumper - Newlook | Bottom (Wrapper) - Velvet Material I had sown for a wedding | Heels- Everything5pounds | Jewellery - Primark
Hi all and welcome back to my blog, I have been MIA on here for a minute but I am back and in full swing for black history month.
October in the UK is black history month and I want to celebrate that by dedicated my posts this month in that vein, celebrating blackness ( which I try and do everyday not just one month in a year)
This week’s look is a modern take on a Tradition Nigeria attire called the Iro and Buba. It consists of a top (buba) made out of wax or lace material and complimented by bottoms (Iro) which is a long piece of material used to tie around the waist.
Since we are in the colder months but I still want to wear this attire so I put a modern spin on it by swapping the top for a chunky cosy jumper. Also tights \ leggings can be worn underneath the Iro for more warmth.
In this blogpost I also want to talk about the notion or idea of “Black History being World History”.(Please feel free to fact check me if any of the information provided below are wrong).
Our [Black] Identity Did Not Begin With Slavery, Our History Did Not Begin With Slavery It Was interrupted by It.
Over the years history has been told from a one sided point of view, His-story. That point of view has mostly been that of the elite, white and male and thus by default whether intentionally or not history has been white washed.
The history of Africa and its people that is told through the white European / American lens does not begin with societies that were already thriving, ruling and RICH before they encountered the Europeans. No this version history shows you a Africa full of savages and sold into slavery.
Black history is world history because long before Europeans, Africans were voyaging to the unknown world ( research Mansa Musa ) . To bring things closer to home to the UK with the case of the Cheddar man, where DNA evidence suggests that the first modern Briton had dark to black skin and blue eyes.
When History Is Recounted It Favours The Writer, It Does Not Encapsulate The Whole Story Just His-story
There are many more examples of black contributions to the development and advancement of the modern world as we know it, but these individuals are never credited nor acknowledged.
So when history was recounted it favoured the writer, it did not encapsulate the whole story just his-story.Therefore when you have no perspective of history from people who look like you, you are stuck with a point of view that reinforces and instills certain (negative) stereotypes.
That is why we have movements such as Black History Month , created by the black community for the black community as an avenue to inform and educate black people, that there is more to our history, that our identity did not begin with slavery, our history did not begin with slavery it was interrupted by it.
We Celebrate Black History To Eradicate The Notion That “The Negro Has No History”
I leave you with these words by the Nigerian Author Chinua Achebe.
“Until the lions have their own historians, the history of the hunt will always glorify the hunter… It is something we have to do, so that the story of the hunt will also reflect the agony, the travail — the bravery, even, of the lions”
BHM was started by the black community for the black community, It was created to:
Promote knowledge of Black history, culture and heritage
Disseminate information on positive Black contributions to British Society.
Heighten the confidence and awareness of Black people to their cultural heritage.
The reason we celebrate “ blackness” (what ever that even means) is because we are trying to undo many many years of subjugation, self hate and distorted identities. To eradicate the notion that “the negro has no history”
Thank you so much for joining me today, i hope you have enjoyed the read, twas a bit of a long one today. Let me know in the comments what you think of this look and also on the idea that Black History is World History.
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Till next time