Yoruba Aso Oke: 2013 Oje-Ibadan & Oje-Ede Market Days – Tola Adenle

I’ve noticed there’s continued traffic on the 2013 Market Days.  Please note that the dates for 2014 has already been posted. 

https://emotanafricana.com/2014/03/13/2014-oje-ibadan-ede-market-days-tola-adenle/

TOLA, APRIL 25, 2014.

 

 

Okay, Ladies – pardon me, guys – here are the market days for the two Ojes this year if you happen to be interested in shopping for aso oke. 

The production may not be elegant and the print is not that legible when scanned and so was last year’s which was why I copy-typed it out but the calendar does contain some info though in Yoruba Language.  I’ve also copy-typed the 2013 edition but posted the scanned cut-up for this year in case those better at these things than me can make it work!

It is sold at Oje every year and since I first came across it some years ago, I’ve always bought copies for me and for others.  You can plan trips to Ibadan or Nigeria using it.  Generally, the Ibadan Market is more accessible except to people in Osun who may prefer Ede which is just about 15 minutes drive from Osogbo, home of Osun Festival, and an hour from the university town of Ile-Ife where the Opa Oranyan monolith is.

Here is the translation of the remaining words, phrases and terms, etcetera on the calendar:

Lati owo Alhaji Imam Akeukowo means the calendar was produced – colloqually, “from the hands of” Alhaji Imam Akeukowo.  The man is a Moslem cleric who has visited the Moslems’ Holy Land, “Alhaji” in Nigerian description.

Eni ti ngbe ni … Although Alhaji Akeukowo is from Ila-Orangun in Osun State (see the top), he resides at the Ibadan address stated.

Ojo Oja Oje Ibadan niyi – ni eyi; ni’yi – Here are the dates for Oje Ibadan; Here are the dates for Oje Ede.

Oje Market Days

2013 Oje Market DaysPDF

If you are visiting for the first time or have no idea of the general prices of the cloths, it may be advisable to take a friend or family along.  Generally, the modern strips of aso oke are packed in bundles each two of which will be needed for gele and iborun/ipele – head wrap and shawl.  The prices start from N2,000 and a little less if you can bargain per bundle for a total of N4,000 (I’ve paid N3,500 for two bundles) and, depending on the threads – cotton, synthetics or silk – can go up much more.  If you want to make complete outfit, that is, including buba and iro (blouse and wrapper), the sellers will let you know how many bundles you need.  They are generally very helpful but ensure you have a good price PER BUNDLE before letting them in on how many you’ll buy although the more bundles should get you better bargains.

Remember, Iseyin in Oyo North of Southwestern Nigeria, remains “The Home of Aso Oke”, because it is from there and Ilorin where most of the aso oke sold at the two Oje – pronounced O-jay – are woven.  If you visit, you can choose thread combinations that you like but you’d need another visit after about a couple of weeks but you can also do this through shop owners who trade in aso oke.

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11 Comments on “Yoruba Aso Oke: 2013 Oje-Ibadan & Oje-Ede Market Days – Tola Adenle”

  1. seunkay Says:

    m planning for my wedding and I live in Ibadan. Can I show them the picture of What I want in Oje? Do you think they will get it right and give me quality? Then lastly, how much do you think the complete outfit will cost? Spoke with some vendors already and they gave. Me prices over 100k,i am hoping to minimize cost but still get something nice. Hoping for a response from you.

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  2. taiyelolu Says:

    Informative post, thanks for it.

    BTW, is the Iseyin mkt open at all times or do they have days too? Would like to go and choose some colors and designs one of these days.
    Thanks again.

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  3. taiyelolu Says:

    Hi, pls can one go to Iseyin on any day to choose the design and color or do they work with market days as well?

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    • emotan77 Says:

      Omomeji – Twins – from your Name, Taiyelolu another name for Taiwo, the first to be born of twins though considered by the Yoruba to be younger than Kehinde!
      Thanks for this important question.

      While most Yoruba towns and settlements – not the cities in modern times – have market days, I’m sure Iseyin must have but you can travel there ANY day and purchase but since you won’t find people selling aṣọ oke just everywhere, I suggest you travel to the town – veer left at Mọniya after Ọjọọ on Ibadan Oyo Road. At Iseyin, drive straight until you find a blacksmith shed where a few men work and ask for Alhaji Alarape Alaṣọ Oke. His home and storage place are just up the road from the blacksmiths. I haven’t been to Iseyin in quite a while and in case he is not available, the blacksmiths would direct you to others. The towns-people are generally very helpful to tourists.

      PLEASE NOTE:
      1. Check your Oje (Ibadan & Ede) market days and do NOT travel to Iseyin on those days as many of the sellers are always out of town to the markets.

      2. You are not likely to find the flamboyant colors or the bride and groom – t’ọkọ t’aya ready-to-go designs at Iseyin but in the open markets at Oje of the two cities and in boutiques in cities.

      3. If you travel to Iseyin, you can purchase the aṣọ ẹbi sets which are always available in large quantities ready-to-go. You will be saving a lot of money but you must factor in your time and the journey.

      4. To buy any of the three classics, Sanyan, Etu & Alaari, you will require two trips because they are generally not woven ready-to-go IN MOST CASES. You may need a single trip if you place your order – they will provide top-rate embroidery – j’akan – for the men’s wear and would give useful advice, and later pick-up can be done at any of the Oje cities on market days at a date to be pre-arranged; saves you from another trip up to Iseyin.

      5. What I like most about going to the source – Ilorin is also another but I do not travel there – is that you can choose the threads in the color combinations that you want. I have aso oke that are woven that way that I have never come across anybody else wearing them!

      If you need further advice, please email me at my info@emotanafricana.comortolaadenle@emotanafricana.com

      Best wishes.
      TOLA.

      PS. I will also post this as you’ve requested v. useful information that others may find helpful. TOLA.

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  4. mydeclutterwithabbiblog Says:

    Reblogged this on declutterwithabbiblog and commented:
    …..The richness of the Yoruba culture! Aso-oke… Traditional woven cloth… Classic pieces, but eclectic…

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    • emotan77 Says:

      Hei, Thanks for this.

      Regards,
      TOLA.

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      • Adenrele Says:

        Hello,
        Just need some advice.
        I always buy Aso oke for Aso Ebi from Lagos in Ikeja.
        But I noticed that all the profit has gone to them.
        I like their quality and am not sure May be I could take their quality to ilorin or any other place you can suggest for it to be done. I heard that they themselves go to Ibadan or Ilorin to get it done for them.

        Thank hope to hear from you.
        Sent from my iPad

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      • emotan77 Says:

        Dear Ms. Bakare,

        Thanks for looking in.

        With your country portal address – despite your name – it seems to me you are out fishing and there’s nothing wrong with that but this blog is not the type of facilitator you are looking for. I’d hate to assist fake aso oke manufacturers expand their business; I’d suggest you stick with the outfit that sells to you but I could be wrong.

        Regards,
        TOLA.

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