TOLA ADENLE: “The tiny African girl with the big Afro” turns the big 7-Oh!

REPLACEMENT FOR POST #1395

NOTE: The entire first post disappeared from my system & I do not know how it happened! The more I think I’m on top of these things, the less I really do know but at least now, I guess I can plead old age.

If yours is intact, this is basically the same post except for a few photos which are in the gallery, anyway. The copy-writing, too, may have slightly changed.

Pardon, as always. TOLA.

“The tiny African girl with the big afro”:  Descriptive name by one of my World Bank bosses in my work-for-food-and-tuition days in the Early to Mid 1970s.

Way before the big Afro, however, there was the 1960s Big Hair all over the world, and Nigerian ladies were there  …

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Newspaper greetings at 60 but The Hair says the 1960s! Lagos, Nigeria.

AND THEN, THE BIG AFRO FOR THE TINY GIRL DAYS …

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1970s; students’ dig; Greenbelt, Md. Furniture in sight is really all. Unframed Osogbo art pieces, at least make up for everything. 
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[Credits: Depo Adenle]

Now, where did the big Afro go? The way of the dinosaurs?

D and his Canon AE1 AND T Late 1970s

ABOVE & BELOW:  D.C., post-college days with Significant Other …
DC with HacklRESIZED

And there were always hats, berets …

1982

At an Ibadan wedding, the 1980s; Dress? An Elie Tahari dress. [Credits for above & next four – Depo Adenle]

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Tahari outfit

Still the 80s; a Tahari reversible 2-piece dress + jacket & a lowfro to go with the tiny build …

At Nv Comm College 1992

Nevada Desert, the “Andrew Years”, Late 1980s …

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Day One in a newly-completed kitchen celebrated with face all made up – “for deficiencies”, to quote a Big Sis – and a lowfro making more than a peep from under my Yoruba(African) bandana! Vegas, 1992
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60th and alaari

Age 60 … Ibadan, Nigeria. April 2006.

Oct 23 2006Prmr Hotel presentation of PapaOsogboBook

Ibadan, Nigeria. October 2006

Above were all Then, below are Now …

INVITATION

All photographs from here: PRINCELY PHOTOS, Bodija, Ibadan, Nigeria.

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MORE PICTURES HERE:

https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/0B39uCHTywZ7QMzZfZkdRSUVBU2M

FRIDAY, APRIL 22, 2016. 12:45 a.m. [GMT]

 

COMMENTS POSTED ON FIRST ESSAY BEFORE IT GOT LOST:

Wow!
What a set of exquisite, nostalgic, imaginative, historic, and simply delightful pictures!! You sure have a talent for feats like this.
I noted the bit about making up ” for deficiencies”!!!! — brilliantly inserted!!
Many thanks for lightning up the evening, and thanks for the birthday pics you brought home for me.
God bless you.
Love,
S. Bis

 

In reply to bisis

Sis., dear,

And what generous and superlative words for what was mere pleasure to share! You are ever so kind, Ma.

Of course I knew you would catch my repeating for the whole world the cutting-down-to-size we always painted-up ladies got in a delightful way the other day!

Fondest regards, as always,
TOLA.

 

Congratulations Yèyé; àgbà rere bi tiyín kò ni tán l’orilẹ
More wonderful years with good health and peace of mind to you and your ‘significant other’

Adejokeiyabadan

In reply to adejokeiyabadan.

Dear IyaIbadan.
Ò mà ṣe gan. Many thanks for this and for the prayers. Iwọ na a d’agba, w’a d’arugbo, o. May you, too, enjoy God’s abundant blessings for a ripe old age.

Sincere regards, as always,
TOLA.

 

 

Afro wọnyi ga, iyawo!

Lai.

In reply to laiopawoye.

Dear Doctor,

I agree, & a million thanks for the compliments on the Afro, ṣugbọn ki ẹ ranti pe o ti di gbéré fun àṣà yẹn – but remember it’s gone the way of Nigeria’s penny!

 

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TOLA.

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8 Comments on “TOLA ADENLE: “The tiny African girl with the big Afro” turns the big 7-Oh!”

  1. Sade Adegoroye Says:

    Dear Aunty,
    Got my copy of ‘Aso Oke Yoruba’, and enjoyed reading every bit of it. Very informative, and the illustrations were a bonus! Love anything vintage, and nostalgic, so your mention/reference to adire/tie & dye was noteworthy. I hope I can have you autograph my copy someday :)).
    One quick question…how does those of us in diaspora obtain some of these aso oke Yoruba of the vintage type, if possible directly from the weavers? Thank you ma.

    With God’s blessings….

    Sade Adegoroye

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    • emotan77 Says:

      Sade, dear,

      Nice to hear from your end. Thanks, too, for purchasing my YORUBA ASO OKE …

      There seems to be many online outfits that sell aso oke but those that sell the vintage ones are far too expensive. The info I try to get across is that the Diasporans get people they know at home shop Oje-Ibadan and Ede as well as markets like Igele at Ondo town in Ondo State where old ones are very affordable.

      As for autograph, you should be able to get that soon as I’m around for the next sev
      eral months and our common link should be here within the next week.

      I will write to your email.

      Greetings,
      TOLA.

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  2. Sade Adegoroye Says:

    Dear Aunty Tola, hearty congratulations on your 70th birthday celebration! What a joy…to celebrate in good health, and surrounded by family and friends! Ẹ ku ayọ ọjọ na, ma. Wishing you many, many happy returns, continued good health, joy and happiness … Amen.
    ps…enjoyed the photo with you ‘boogeeing’ down (in the Emotanafricana shirt)! Celebration shall never cease in your life, ma. Amen.

    pss…nice nostalgia photos!

    psss…hope to meet you in person someday…:)

    Sade Adegoroye

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    • emotan77 Says:

      Ṣade, dear,

      Great reading from you, and thanks for the kind words. ‘Amen’ to your prayers, and may He bless you with a healthy old age.

      Yeah; tried to give those knees a little work out that day, and it was a lot of fun for us all!

      It shouldn’t be difficult for our paths to cross late Summer/early Fall this year: speak to you-know-whom.

      Greetings,
      TOLA.

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  3. folakemiodoaje Says:

    Congratulations on your birthday!

    Thank you for sharing beautiful photos of the occasion. Igba ọdún, ọdún kan, o.

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  4. bisisowunmig Says:

    Oh! Very glad you recovered it.
    I had re-sent the Akinrinade one, mistakenly thinking it was the one you lost.

    Sent from my iPad

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