Africa’s richest woman, Mrs. Folorunsho Alakija, has declared that Aso ebi put a bigger strain on the family budget, adding that she stopped buying it 39 years ago.
Mrs. Alakija, who owns world-famous Rose of Sharon House of Fashion, and is the national president and lifelong trustee of the Fashion Designers Association of Nigeria (FADAN), stated this in an interview she granted The Sun where she said the uniform dress traditionally worn in Nigeria, particularly, Southwest during ceremonies, causes financial strain in the family.
“The tradition has since spread from identifying family members to wearing Aso-Ebi even at gather¬ings of friends. At first glance, this makes sense, since the Aso-Ebi can give people a sense of belonging and attachment. Of course, the aso-Ebi adds beauty, colour, glamour and uniformity to every event.”
The third richest woman of African descent in the world said further: “Of course wearing Aso-Ebi to events can become very costly and result in expending resources not budgeted for. Some Aso-Ebi can run into thousands of Naira or even millions, and by insisting on this tradition, some families may end up stressed, distressed, and even in debt.
“As early as the mid 70s, I had more Aso-Ebi in my wardrobe than I knew what to do with, and the idea of carrying on the tradition puts me off, because it was eating into my salary. I stopped wearing Aso-Ebi with friends since 1977. I discovered my own style and that stands me out in the crowd.”
In Forbes’ last ranking 64-year-old Folorunsho Alkajika’s net worth fell from $2 billion in 2015 to $1.6 billion, and currently ranks 1121st on the list of richest people in the world.