In recent times, the main purpose of the Aso ebi uniform is to serve as a means of identification with a group of people like, brides family or friends during any special occasion most especially wedding ceremonies. Ankara and lace are the most often used asoebi clothes for weddings. The word Aso Ebi originated from the Yoruba tribe of Nigeria but now practiced by other African countries where they are also called Asoebi. Literally Aso Ebi is derived from two words Aso meaning cloth and Ebi meaning family. So Aso ebi simply means Family cloth or uniform
The Aso Ebi does not only make one identify with their group but also makes the occasion colorful and can be a measure to check uninvited guests. In this particular parable of the banquet found in Matt 22:8-13 Jesus identified someone that gatecrashed into a wedding event without an Asoebi or wedding clothes/uniform identity. The invitation had been made, guests were already sited when this happened…
“But when the king came in to see the guests, he spotted a man who was not dressed in wedding clothes. ‘Friend,’ he asked, ‘how did you get in here without wedding clothes?’ But the man was speechless.
Then the king told the servants, ‘Tie him hand and foot and throw him outside into the outer darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.” Matthew 22:11-13
Note that the culprit is not the bride, groom or maids but a guest. We all know that when guests wear a particular uniform in which they are identified with in a wedding, it is called asoebi.
I recently read of churches banning the use of asoebi, well the reason is somehow justifiable as Pastor Folu Adeboye noted that it is causing segregation in the church and those who can not afford it are often exempt from events. This is understandable since love should guide all our rules. But as for whether it is scriptural, we can see that it is-it didn’t originate from the world
Expositions by Pastor Jude Watchman O