Monday, May 13, 2019

#TailorsTalk: Iya Isila




The hustle and bustle could be seen. Stainless Plates or steels clanging everywhere from those washing, as well as outstretched arms over a large pot of soup, demanding for a portion in exchange for money.


The big round Bokoto and Ponmo that has been soaked in soup for some sweet hours, and the beautiful looking, sometimes peeping, Shaki.

Talk about the Abódì, Fùkù, Èdò, and Roundabout whose general name was Inú-Eran, always looking inviting.

The Egusi soup was always ever attractive, and the slightly red coloured pepper against the green leaves of the Èfó rírò always made it difficult to choose between both of them.

The Almighty green leaves Ewedu with white coatings of Egusi sprinkled in.

It was always the tie breaker especially when eaten with her lifetime partner. Though, very dark but very succulent, Amala of course!

Make an attempt to include the Bean soup popularly called "Gbègìrì" and you are sure to yawn after.

You see, Iya Isila's shop is a major bus stop and three others away, but it was always a pleasure going there and not minding the distance.

I'd rather trek because the money for transportation would buy one Shaki, and oh the pride that came with pointing at that Shaki and screaming "put one Shaki. Yes, that one, éfísí (put it)" as though I won a laurel.

Who says 'Shaki' isn't a Laurel anyway? Come let me pray for you. Rolls eyes!

Iya Isila's 'shed' wasn't so big, but she had a strategy; She had just a shop and space behind.

So, she used the front to display all manner of foods and the shop was converted to an eating room. Cooking was done at the backyard and over time she kept upgrading.

She wasn't the only food vendor, but she was 'tops' plus her food was very delicious.

She didn't have a signature packaging nylon nor bowl, but you needed to see the pride with which 'Men in Suits' held their toothpicks in their mouth and stepped out of her corner street leading to her shop.

That was Class!

Gradually, other food vendors began to come up and closer to home with different delicacies.

On the days I was too hungry and tired to trek to Iya Isila's shop, I settled for one nearby.

On the days I didn't have enough money, I settled for nearby also.

On this money issue, don't mind that Iya Isila o. She was expanding na and started growing wings.

All of a sudden, the size of Amala kept reducing until one wrap was just three morsels.

Who does that? She forgot we (us), her first love, who encouraged her when she first started.

Nonsense and Pride! Adjusts glasses

Back to the new vendors trying to break into the market, their one wrap was big enough and quite filling and delicious too!

My people, what can the righteous do than to buy?

How does Iya Isila's story relate to Fashion Designing and the Business of Fashion?
Just watch this space!

#TailorsTalk
#AraOludesigns

#WriterDesigner

35 comments:

  1. Hmmm.. I was going to talk on evolution but I’ll wait to read the next piece. Well done!

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  2. I just love the way you captured the scene, it popped out from the script and made me really hungry. How does this relate to fashion really? I can't wait for the next edition.....

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  4. Mama we made it!!! Love the story, taking lessons as well !!!

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  5. Yay.. We move! Captivating peice momma

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  6. Funmi, MIF and PF are proud of you!

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  8. This definitely cuts across other kinds of business.

    Thanks for this.

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  9. You brought the scene right in front of me. MIF and PF are proud of you

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  10. Lovely piece. More please.

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  11. Great piece! I am watching this space

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  12. Hmmm haha I am watching the space already...

    #Anticipating

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  13. Happy for you beautiful,, always inspiring us at Afdec family with your write-ups

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  14. You are good at what you do ma'am... MIF PF family are proud of FMAra. More ink to your pen sis

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  15. This is a sensational article, I love the way you captured the food so clearly, many Nigerians can relate well with it. I look forward to the next episode. Good job

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  16. Beautiful story, can't wait to for the next episode.

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  17. the detailed description of iya isila's amala amd ewedu left me craving for some! ! lol

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  18. Off to Iya Isila just for the shaki and other parts...
    Great article!
    Indeed you are gifted..

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  19. Your writing is both amusing and educating , good job always💪

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  20. Wow! Intelligent write up, you said it all, salivating for the next article

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  21. Beautiful piece you wrote there . Kerp up d gd wk

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  22. Now amala and ewedu dey hungry me eh!!!! great write up!well captured!!!👍

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  23. I never get tired of reading your piece. Always full of sense and humor. Welldone dear

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  24. This is mind blowing,relating Iya isila's food,cooking space and all to fashion..You're super intelligent.I honestly can't wait to see your next write up.Kudos!

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  25. Captivating.... Waiting for the next edition

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  26. You are specially gifted for this. Keep it up

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  27. Awnnnn..... Baby!!! I'm proud of you!!!

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  28. Your articles are exceptional. I'm sure glued to this space. Well-done Sis!

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  29. Great piece! Waiting patiently for the other part

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  30. There are various reasons why online shopping has turned out to be more well known than going to conventional 'block and concrete' shopping centers. Kinderkleding online

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