The NACK Festac top has the bronze portrait head of Iyoba Idia on it. The bronze head is the face of Iyoba Idia who was the mother of Esigie, the Oba of Benin who ruled from 1504 – 1550. The title Iyoba (Queen mother) was conferred upon her by her son Esigie alongside Eguae-Iyoba (Palace of the Queen Mother). She was a warrior queen who fought before and during her son’s reign. She helped him secure the title of Oba of the Edo people, following the death of his father, Oba Ozolua. Esegie became the 17th Oba of Benin after his mother helped him raise an army to fight off his brother Arhuaran who lost the battle.
Festac ’77, also known as the Second World Black and African Festival of Arts and Culture (the first was in Dakar, 1966), was a major international festival held in Lagos, Nigeria, from 15 January 1977 to 12 February 1977. The aim of the festival was to promote, celebrate and showcase the African arts, artefacts, music, literature, dance, religion and general culture to the rest of the world. The head of Queen Idia was used as the logo for the Festac 77 festival.
The portrait head of the Iyoba Idia, plays a major part in our design process of the NACK Festac top as it’s history inspires our thought process. We want our customers both at home and in diaspora to feel inspired by the history behind the design each time they wear it. It serves as a constant reminder to stay strong and not get swayed by life’s curveballs. The different variants of the NACK Festac top is available on the website.