7th Annual Ge'le Day..

Hey Family!

By now you might asking yourself. What is a Ge'Le Day? Am I right or did I pique your interest? Official Definition at the bottom. So I always try to inform educate inspire when I talk about what we do and what we wear and why we wear what we do. I have celebrated Ge'le day for the past 5 years and my daughter for the past 2 starting when she was 3 months old in 2017.

In the African American community there is a disconnect of tradition and history from Africa. We are in the dysphoria and so bringing our village together as a collective we create an established Traditions that are taken from a Melting Pot of Africa and America. One of these traditions are our celebration of this day. Many of my pictures that I post Are worn with the traditional Headwrap or The Ge'le. It is beautiful and comes in many different forms colors shapes and patterns.

What we wore:

Today started out overcast and gray and muggy. Eventually morning turning into rain showers and then sprinkles. When we reached our destination the lakefront of Chicago it was determined that our celebrational day would be moved indoors instead of Outdoors for the first time in 7 years. The color The Joy the visual were all there. Because of the weather I wanted to dress appropriately when I thought to be appropriately so my daughter and a very light denim onesie and a colorful head scarf from Nigeria myself and a denim lightweight tunic and leggings that came down to the knee with a Denim headwrap and also material in the same pattern in my daughter had. Waterproof shoes and accessories.

I hope you enjoy the colors the patterns and I hope that you enjoy the pictures of you didn't read because I'm long-winded. Today turned out beautifully and in the end we did get to celebrate by the water.

Official Definition:
The Gele is a traditional Nigerian Headwrap. It is worn during special occasions as an accessory to the traditional 'iro' (a wrap-around skirt) and 'buba' (a loose fitting blouse). Gele is usually made out of heavy or stiff fabric that can be wrapped and moulded into a specific shape.

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15 Comments

  • londonkiwi (now back in NZ) replied 3 months ago

    Thank you for sharing. I definitely learnt something and loved all of your photos. Your daughter is such a gorgeous wee cherub with the best grin!

  • Jessikams replied 3 months ago

    Pure joy. Thanks for taking the time to write as well as sharing pics!
    You look totally comfy in the rain. Summer rain makes me so grumpy— I need to learn from you, keep a smile on the face!

  • Lucy replied 3 months ago

    Wonderful ! I love seeing your posts (and learning something). What a special history to be able to share with your daughter .

  • Barbara Diane replied 3 months ago

    Always good to "see" you two. I love the glimpses of her growing up. I know you are more than busy between her, your aunt, and work, so I appreciate these moments even more.
    The two of you look happy and stylish.
    Thanks for teaching us about Ge'le day. I love the photos of the celebration, the various head wraps and styles, the energy of the invitation, and the information in your second paragraph.

  • kkards replied 3 months ago

    the little one isn't so little any more....

    you both look fab! and the pictures are fab, and love the way celebration looks back and forward at the same time...

  • Amy Isabella replied 3 months ago

    Absolutely beautiful pictures Ledonna - especially of your super adorable daughter :) . Thank you for taking the time to explain what the day was about - it is always nice to learn something new and the colours truly are a feast for the eyes.

  • Kate replied 3 months ago

    What a joyful celebration! Wonderful to see you and Zi’Joy, Ledonna. You two look fab in your denim—I particularly like your denim tunic and Zi’s headwrap. Your headwrap blew me away. It is beautiful, as are you.

  • Cardiff girl replied 3 months ago

    Thank you so much for sharing this celebration of your culture,l love to learn new things about people.You and all those ladies look fabulous in your traditional head wear and of course your daughter remains beyond cute.

  • Christina F. replied 3 months ago

    Thank you for sharing the pictures of this wonderful event! You and your daughter look super adorable, too.

  • Joyce B replied 3 months ago

    You both look lovely. Thank you for sharing the info and picts.

  • marble replied 3 months ago

    Gorgeous pictures and your daughter is so beautiful! Coincidentally, I just started reading Tomi Adeyemi’s Children of Blood and Bone...she mentioned a ge’le and I didn’t know what it was...so thank you, as well!

  • shevia replied 3 months ago

    Thank you for sharing! I love the hair wraps and pictures. You are giving your daughter so much - she is a lucky girl!

  • Jane replied 3 months ago

    Great photos and lovely to go to annual events. Fab outfits! Thank you for sharing.

  • Ledonna N. replied 3 months ago

    Thank you everyone I really thank you for receiving it's more about the journey than the look. I guess that's what being on this form is all of that we've been here for years or I've been here for years but thank you for taking the time to read.

    I really I read each individual response is just it just Mama life and taking care of a loved one and working full-time has me strapped that's why you don't see me a lot. But I'm reading and I'm here and I love it and I think we should all take time to dance in the rain.

    We are official puddle jumpers. It's amazing looking at life through her eyes and 44 now and she's one and sometimes you forget the Innocents in joy of the world or in the world when she pulled me into this puddle to just splash Someone caught the pictures and I just love them and have them for life.

  • Jenni NZ replied 2 months ago

    Lovely to see you both again and wow has she grown since last year's pics! Love your fringed dress and your shoes too. Thanks for the info about the event :)

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