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Re: What Is The Meaning Of 'dada' (dreadlocks) In Nigeria? by dadicvila(m): 12:17am On Dec 04, 2012
na wa O!na this kain topic i dey avoid...wetin consign me with dada??....@OP,ask those celestial and cherubim people,they know better
Re: What Is The Meaning Of 'dada' (dreadlocks) In Nigeria? by intrepid: 12:21am On Dec 04, 2012
josh4ever: Religious kor! I was a born dada dude... Still got the pics to verify it... It was only cut because of the fact that I was starting nursery school... Not a single chicken lost its life over my lovely dada hair... I'm presently grooming my daughter's hair to become a dada breed. It this time, with a difference
WAS THERE ANY history of you been unusually sick most often or becoming sick when your hair was combed?..
Re: What Is The Meaning Of 'dada' (dreadlocks) In Nigeria? by tomsongz(m): 12:33am On Dec 04, 2012
bak in skul i always wondered y a certain kid waz alowed 2 keep his hair dirty n unkept while i waznt alowed 2 keep a hair 1cm long

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Re: What Is The Meaning Of 'dada' (dreadlocks) In Nigeria? by caseless: 1:25am On Dec 04, 2012
modelmike7: . . . . . . .caseless my guy, how av u been, hop good? . . . . . @ur comment, ur comment na real caseless o, so you mean people like me are not natural? Thats serious o. Where are we from then? & who are we? Some kinda U.F.O's i think? Lastly, wetin come concern garri for this matter now? What a comparison!!! . . . . . Caseless my guy, yo ma nigga!!
hahahah....oga M-mike, long time no see! I'm doing gr8 and hope u are good too...

Sori ooo....I nor knw say u get dada sef. What what happened was that, I saw somewhere like the op was also talking about the name , so I told him it dosn't have any other name in naija than the popularly known 'dada', like garri is garri everywhere in naija.

Oga mi, how u take get ur own dada, na natural one abi na awilo style?

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Re: What Is The Meaning Of 'dada' (dreadlocks) In Nigeria? by caseless: 1:28am On Dec 04, 2012
Wait ooo...de thin dey front page? Oret!
Re: What Is The Meaning Of 'dada' (dreadlocks) In Nigeria? by OdenigboAroli(m): 1:54am On Dec 04, 2012
It runs in my family too,my uncle was a "dada" and so is my youngest sister. She got sick a lot and only wanted my mother to hold her. She had two marks on her face from when medicine men were giving her traditional medicine. My my later cut her hair at ten and she cried so har hard and felt sick and my mother regreted cutting them. Now,she is all grown and very pretty,but she still has that her "dada" traits. They are mytserious people.

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Re: What Is The Meaning Of 'dada' (dreadlocks) In Nigeria? by greatgod2012(f): 2:30am On Dec 04, 2012
Anybody can become dada if so desired, just leave your hair without combing for a very long time, automatically, d hair become dread, hence, u become "dada: olowo eyo"
Re: What Is The Meaning Of 'dada' (dreadlocks) In Nigeria? by Kobojunkie: 2:42am On Dec 04, 2012
For "Dadas" it usually happens in a couple of hours. If I wash my hair and forget to comb, when it dries, it becomes really hard to plow through and if left for a couple more hours, you already see the dreads forming. ROFLMAO!!! I still hate this about my hair. That is why I texturize often.

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Re: What Is The Meaning Of 'dada' (dreadlocks) In Nigeria? by Shenez: 4:51am On Dec 04, 2012
If dada go do meckanic dem go think say na madman. People will be asking Baba Ijebu number from him or her.
Abeg let parent shave der kid hair after birth.
Re: What Is The Meaning Of 'dada' (dreadlocks) In Nigeria? by gregg2: 6:00am On Dec 04, 2012
This Dada thing is much more common among Yorubas. No offence meant. I've traveled round this country and I know what I'm talking about.
Re: What Is The Meaning Of 'dada' (dreadlocks) In Nigeria? by nagoma(m): 6:00am On Dec 04, 2012
These are some African superstitions and fetish beliefs. In this case it is purely Yoruba. Nothing universal about it.
Re: What Is The Meaning Of 'dada' (dreadlocks) In Nigeria? by Dejijossy: 7:02am On Dec 04, 2012
My parents told me that i am dada. I also saw my picture at 3 years carrying dread lock hair. I am in my thirties and anytime keep my hair for long without a cut i observe that my hair tangles. I think this is what our parents misstook for dada. There is nothing like dada please.
Re: What Is The Meaning Of 'dada' (dreadlocks) In Nigeria? by saintneo(m): 7:23am On Dec 04, 2012
Oyibo get dada join o! I don see plenty! Dada is simmillar Blonde or Red hair.
As per the superstitions behind Dada. It's all bull crap.
Re: What Is The Meaning Of 'dada' (dreadlocks) In Nigeria? by pekelepekele(m): 7:47am On Dec 04, 2012
Dada means a lot but only if you are going to either Celestial or Cherubim church before you can understand the full meaning of DADA it has a high impact on the type of life the boy or gal , man or woman you see having it.
Re: What Is The Meaning Of 'dada' (dreadlocks) In Nigeria? by alajor(m): 8:46am On Dec 04, 2012
Our ancestors spent all their times looking to ways to make their children fearful of life wit all these useless deities. If u stil blive dada is linked to some fetish deity in this age then u must b a witch
Re: What Is The Meaning Of 'dada' (dreadlocks) In Nigeria? by alajor(m): 8:46am On Dec 04, 2012
Our ancestors spent all their times looking for ways to make their children fearful of life wit all these useless deities. If u stil blive dada is linked to some fetish deity in this age then u must b a witch
Re: What Is The Meaning Of 'dada' (dreadlocks) In Nigeria? by jman77(m): 8:47am On Dec 04, 2012
dayokanu:

Who give you belle
na DADA!
Re: What Is The Meaning Of 'dada' (dreadlocks) In Nigeria? by johnwizey(m): 9:20am On Dec 04, 2012
[quote
author=modelmike7]There is nothing spiritual or fetish about it. I was
born with dread (dada), but it was cut off wen i was around 3years old,
as my grandma told me (kinda painful that i couldn't even see a pix of
it.) So when i started modelling in my early 20's that i started keeping
temporary dreads for some modelling jobs, (calendars advert, Tv
Commercials and For Various Fashion shows) uncles, mom, sisters were so
against it, but it was only my wonderful grandma that supported me,
telling them that, i hope u guys know where dis young man is coming
from, he could av been on this hairstyle you all complaining of forever u
know? Before i was left alone, but for some years now, i'm on a lovely,
cool, thick, smooth little afro. The style i'll keep till i'm 100!!!
[/quote]wat if u dont live up to hundred
Re: What Is The Meaning Of 'dada' (dreadlocks) In Nigeria? by modelmike7(m): 9:22am On Dec 04, 2012
caseless: hahahah....oga M-mike, long time no see! I'm doing gr8 and hope u are good too...

Sori ooo....I nor knw say u get dada sef. What what happened was that, I saw somewhere like the op was also talking about the name , so I told him it dosn't have any other name in naija than the popularly known 'dada', like garri is garri everywhere in naija.

Oga mi, how u take get ur own dada, na natural one abi na awilo style?
. . . . . . My natural dread has been cut off since i was around 3years bro. Now i understand ur comparison wit garri. I'm doing good bro. Do take care
Re: What Is The Meaning Of 'dada' (dreadlocks) In Nigeria? by modelmike7(m): 9:27am On Dec 04, 2012
johnwizey: wat if u dont live up to hundred
. . . . . . . . . Lets take this personal => So its because of ur pessimistic question u av to quote my long post dude? Shame on u, and to answer ur silly question, i'm gonna live well above 100 IJN, if u dare me, try living up to that!
Re: What Is The Meaning Of 'dada' (dreadlocks) In Nigeria? by olaheavy: 10:00am On Dec 04, 2012
vislabraye: Its something to be researched.
You don't need further 'research.' The answer is all around you. I believe most of you guys commenting here are of Eastern stock - and some Yoruba kids among you should be ashamed of themselves for not knowing their culture. Most Igbo or Eastern kids were either born in Yorubaland or moved here by their parents, searching for a greener pastrure, when they were young, so it's highly important for you to imbibe the culture you voluntarily chose to live in. Even Your heroes, Ojukwu, Azikiwe, Achebe, and etc., all lived and prospered in Yorubaland - although they later became ungrateful to us, their benefactors! Why I'm saying all this is that the Yoruba culture gave the world so many gifts that instead of you moorons to bastardize them you should actually celebrate them. Both gari and dada that have actually become parts of the Africa's lexicon (because I have seen and heard tons of people across Africa call gari and dada the same as us). We all know all the uses for which gari is known, however, in the case of dada, it's more spiritual than just ordinarily giving a child an alias. And, by the way, a dada (boy or girl) is not 'demon possessed' as some ill-informed heifer screamed. In fact, Yoruba believe that dada is a lucky child who eventually brings goodluck to his/her parents. That's why he/she is referred to as 'dada olowo eyo' - the custodian of cash money! In the olden days, the Yoruba believed that expectant parents needed to pray for one of three known phenomenal children - namely, Aina, Idogbe, and Dada. The Yoruba's belief, is that while Aina will never lack food, neither Idogbe nor Dada will ever lack cloths and money, respectively. This is rooted in our belief system and we apologize to nobody. Although, these days, you can see young folks trying to emulate the Jamaica's Rastafarians and Nigeria's white garment church-goers by growing artificial locks - our Yoruba dada phenomenon is REAL! And there's nothing demonic about it! Period.
Re: What Is The Meaning Of 'dada' (dreadlocks) In Nigeria? by Mckayzee(m): 10:04am On Dec 04, 2012
UNLEASHED: I always think there's something religious about the "Dada" issue. 90% of the ones I've seen are "Cele" (A shorter way of referring to someone who goes to Celestial churches. *If that makes sense*
thats the more reason u should know its smth deliberately done..why cant people from other churches have dreads. Why is it that 90% of peeps wit dreads are from the white garment church?!
Re: What Is The Meaning Of 'dada' (dreadlocks) In Nigeria? by tpia1: 10:07am On Dec 04, 2012
when a child is born with knotted hair, isnt that a throwback to some kind of khoisan intermixture or something.

they're the ones with naturally knotted hair.

just guessing.

some dada kids look biracial though, not all of them however. I used to know this handsome little boy who was dada and he behaved like royalty sha. Not sure if it was the mother or church who raised him that way, although the mum insisted that was his natural personality.

he also seemed intelligent for his age [he was around 4 or so then].
Re: What Is The Meaning Of 'dada' (dreadlocks) In Nigeria? by tpia1: 10:08am On Dec 04, 2012
Re: What Is The Meaning Of 'dada' (dreadlocks) In Nigeria? by JOHNMASON(m): 10:16am On Dec 04, 2012
I believe there's some kind of spiritual attachments to DADA, talking from experience, I happen to be one when I was born and my mum told me that anytime they cut my hair I will faint and last up to six hours before I wake up again, and this repeated three times. So I was allowed to carry my DADA and grew up with it until I was eight years old, on one my birthdays I decided to cut my dada so I invited my class my families. Were very happy for my decision, but one thing that I or any member of my family could not explain till date was the type of visitors that came our house that day with the types of gifts they brought for me. People with very long dreads from different places came to our house without invitation.
Re: What Is The Meaning Of 'dada' (dreadlocks) In Nigeria? by OdenigboAroli(m): 11:18am On Dec 04, 2012
nagoma: These are some African superstitions and fetish beliefs. In this case it is purely Yoruba. Nothing universal about it.

When the Igbo tell you hou ignorant y'all are you will start crying...Its very common in my area and there is always rituals performed for them. In Anambra we have the "nne dada" and parents always take their children to her for rituals.
Re: What Is The Meaning Of 'dada' (dreadlocks) In Nigeria? by OdenigboAroli(m): 11:31am On Dec 04, 2012
olaheavy:
You don't need further 'research.' The answer is all around you. I believe most of you guys commenting here are of Eastern stock - and some Yoruba kids among you should be ashamed of themselves for not knowing their culture. Most Igbo or Eastern kids were either born in Yorubaland or moved here by their parents, searching for a greener pastrure, when they were young, so it's highly important for you to imbibe the culture you voluntarily chose to live in. Even Your heroes, Ojukwu, Azikiwe, Achebe, and etc., all lived and prospered in Yorubaland - although they later became ungrateful to us, their benefactors! Why I'm saying all this is that the Yoruba culture gave the world so many gifts that instead of you moorons to bastardize them you should actually celebrate them. Both gari and dada that have actually become parts of the Africa's lexicon (because I have seen and heard tons of people across Africa call gari and dada the same as us). We all know all the uses for which gari is known, however, in the case of dada, it's more spiritual than just ordinarily giving a child an alias. And, by the way, a dada (boy or girl) is not 'demon possessed' as some ill-informed heifer screamed. In fact, Yoruba believe that dada is a lucky child who eventually brings goodluck to his/her parents. That's why he/she is referred to as 'dada olowo eyo' - the custodian of cash money! In the olden days, the Yoruba believed that expectant parents needed to pray for one of three known phenomenal children - namely, Aina, Idogbe, and Dada. The Yoruba's belief, is that while Aina will never lack food, neither Idogbe nor Dada will ever lack cloths and money, respectively. This is rooted in our belief system and we apologize to nobody. Although, these days, you can see young folks trying to emulate the Jamaica's Rastafarians and Nigeria's white garment church-goers by growing artificial locks - our Yoruba dada phenomenon is REAL! And there's nothing demonic about it! Period.

What exactly are you blabbing about,punk ? You are both ignorant and silly! Yoruba didn't develop Lagos,lagos was Nigerian capital,Yoruba joined the north and the British to force the Igbo to be part of your Nigeria including your precious lagos. Ungrateful for what?? We have contributed to the rapid growth of Lagos and her transformation. You should be kissing our Bottom for bringing economic power to your place.

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Re: What Is The Meaning Of 'dada' (dreadlocks) In Nigeria? by dayokanu(m): 5:30pm On Dec 04, 2012
Odenigbo Aroli:

What exactly are you blabbing about,punk ? You are both ignorant and silly! Yoruba didn't develop Lagos,lagos was Nigerian capital,Yoruba joined the north and the British to force the Igbo to be part of your Nigeria including your precious lagos. Ungrateful for what?? We have contributed to the rapid growth of Lagos and her transformation. You should be kissing our Bottom for bringing economic power to your place.

Why cant you take this fantastic economic power to the caves you came from? Or are you telling us you develop other peoples regions and abandon yours?
Re: What Is The Meaning Of 'dada' (dreadlocks) In Nigeria? by amacastel: 5:36pm On Dec 04, 2012
Odenigbo Aroli:

What exactly are you blabbing about,punk ? You are both ignorant and silly! Yoruba didn't develop Lagos,lagos was Nigerian capital,Yoruba joined the north and the British to force the Igbo to be part of your Nigeria including your precious lagos. Ungrateful for what?? We have contributed to the rapid growth of Lagos and her transformation. You should be kissing our Bottom for bringing economic power to your place.
Gbam bros ekwuchago ya ooo d guy is a fool cos yourbas ar jst ripng wia dy did nt sole lagos was develp as d way govtmnt is usng out money 2 devepl abuja nw may be 2moro dy hausas wil claim dt dy ar d devlpoers fools witout igbo dia is no beta nigeria if u guys dispute dt pls let us leave 2 biafra lemme see hw dy survive witout us cos we ar nation builders even in d east of d country u get d best buildng so we develop every wia
Re: What Is The Meaning Of 'dada' (dreadlocks) In Nigeria? by caseless: 5:45pm On Dec 04, 2012
modelmike7: . . . . . . My natural dread has been cut off since i was around 3years bro. Now i understand ur comparison wit garri. I'm doing good bro. Do take care
hahaha.....thank u...thank u....... Ehen...eyya...why u cut am nau? De thing for make sense ooooo......
Re: What Is The Meaning Of 'dada' (dreadlocks) In Nigeria? by modelmike7(m): 5:54pm On Dec 04, 2012
caseless: hahaha.....thank u...thank u....... Ehen...eyya...why u cut am nau? De thing for make sense ooooo......
. . . . . . . . E for too make sense u know. But in my post to d OP up there. You'll understand what i later did wit dreadlock later on in my adulthood years o!

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