Owambe The Western Way


Owambe is “a large grandiose party thrown by Nigerians anywhere in the world, especially Yoruba Nigerians, that involves a lot of food, loud music, dancing and spraying- Nigerian term which means throwing currencies on someone dancing”. [Urban Dictionary].

Owambe is attended by many people and they are usually grouped according to their ‘aso ebi’ (family wears) which may come in different fabrics, colours and designs. The preparation of Owambe takes days and sometimes weeks or months. Everything needed on the D-day must have been provided beforehand. This glamorous kind of party is known to always block streets and main roads, especially in Ibadan and Lagos.

The name Owambe which literally means ‘it is there’ sprang up among the Yoruba people of Western Nigeria. An Owambe does not lack the presence of numerous guests, both the invited and uninvited (Mogbo Moya). During an owambe, there is also the presence of currency notes flying around and sticking to the sweating heads of muscians and dancers. A weekend without an Owambe remains incomplete. Well, you might not even find such weekend in the western part of Nigeria.


5 thoughts on “Owambe The Western Way

  1. See mamas in actions. Those good days are gone. Well, we can bring them back like you’re(oldnaija) doing.


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