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Arewa lifestyle refers to the way of life and cultural practices of the people in Northern Nigeria, particularly those belonging to the Arewa ethnic groups, such as the Hausa, Fulani, Kanuri, and others. The Arewa region is known for its rich cultural heritage, traditions, and distinct way of life, which have been shaped by factors such as religion, history, and geography.

Religion, predominantly Islam, plays a significant role in the Arewa lifestyle. Islamic principles and values influence various aspects of daily life, including clothing, dietary habits, and social interactions. Mosques hold a central place in communities, and religious practices, such as daily prayers and fasting during Ramadan, are widely observed.

Family and community are highly valued in Arewa culture. Extended families often live together in compounds or close-knit neighborhoods, fostering a sense of unity and support. Respect for elders and authority figures is ingrained in Arewa society, and traditional customs, such as the payment of dowry and arranged marriages, are still practiced in some communities.

The traditional attire worn by Arewa people reflects their cultural identity and heritage. For example, the Hausa people are known for their colorful and intricately embroidered clothing, such as the flowing gowns for men called “babban riga” and the “abaya” worn by women. The Fulani people, on the other hand, are recognized for their distinctive clothing, including the “shadda” and “hijab.”