See what our rich and famous: ex- President Goodluck Jonathan, Seriake Dickson, Bayelsa State Governor; Chief Timipre Sylva, ex- Bayelsa State gov; Dr Peter Odili & more are doing with ‘Resource Control’ hat!
The Niger Delta is home to several of Nigeria’s ethnic groups and a variety of bold, colorful cultures. Its bustling communities and diversity has gifted Nigeria some of the best memories in music, fashion and style. From the Ijaws to the Isokos, to the Urhobos and the Esans, the Efik, Annang and Ikas, the people of the Niger Delta proudly wear their culture and sartorial elegance on their sleeves. But one fashion item seems to unite all these groups as one and is now seen countrywide as one of the region’s biggest headwear exports.
We are talking about the tall, circular and distinct round caps, now popularly known as the ‘Resource Control’ caps, worn by men. Although this fashion item originated from the Ijaw ethnic group, it is now widely worn by all the groups of the Delta and even by Nigerians who are not from the Niger Delta.
The cap became to be known jocularly as ‘Resource control’ around 2005 when the Niger Delta people were agitating for the total control of the oil revenue from their region and most of the Niger Delta delegates wore the cap to the 2005 National Constitutional Conference. Not quite long, others joined the wagon and you will always hear people call those who wear it ‘Resource control’!
These caps come in different shapes and sizes and they may be worn on both simple and complex menswear. On a typical day in the region or in Lagos and Abuja, men can be seen wearing these caps while decked in casuals and dinner wear.
Over the years, some of our politicians and fashionable men have used the resource control cap to create a distinct image for themselves. Some have turned themselves into brands by wearing exotic, trendy and classic caps to functions. Politicians and showbiz personalities, ex-President Jonathan, Bayelsa State Governor, Dickson-; ex- Bayelsa State governor Sylva; x-Governor of Rivers Dr Odili; Senator Ben Bruce, Pa Edwin Clark and even musician, Tunde Obe, who is Yoruba, are examples of famous people who have created unique styles with caps.
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Author: Kehinde OLULEYE