Anklets, also known as ankle bracelets, are decorative jewelry worn around the ankle. They can be made of various materials such as metal, beads, shells, or fabric, and often come in different designs and styles.
Anklets are embedded in culture, but, what does wearing an anklet mean in Nigerian culture?
Anklets have been worn by people of many cultures throughout history and continue to be popular as a fashion accessory today. They can be worn casually or as part of a traditional or ceremonial outfit.
Anklets, also known as ‘Sarkan kafa’ in the Hausa culture, hold a variety of different meanings and symbolism depending on the tribe and belief system. In the Hausa culture, a woman is allowed to wear a leg chain, but only if it is kept hidden from any man except for her lawfully wedded husband. The leg chain is meant to signify marriage and adornment for the Hausa culture.
In contrast, the Igbo culture sees anklets as a symbol of prestige, wealth, and beauty. These anklets are often made of elephant tusks, beads, and brass and are worn during cultural dances, festivals, and other cultural events such as coronations and chieftaincy titles.
In the Yoruba culture, anklets are worn as a symbol of the spirit of children and are mainly worn among Chiefs.
However, there is a general misconception that wearing an anklet is a sign of lesbianism. This is not true, and it is important to respect people’s traditions and beliefs without judging them for their choices.
Whether it is waist beads, nose rings, or leg chains, they should be seen as accessories and nothing else. People should be open-minded and respectful of women’s choices and not judge them based on their physical adornment.