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Photos : The Culture Of Masquerades Among The Igbo And Yoruba

Masquerade is part of the cultural heritage of the Igbo and Yoruba. In the two groups, it could represent deities, ancestors, festival symbols or for cultural performance. Sometimes, it could be mainly for fun with no cultural representation. The two groups of this discussion are Igbo and Yoruba.


Igbo

This is a cultural group that reside mainly in the Eastern part of Nigeria. They are found in Nigerian states such as Abia, Imo, Anambra, Ebonyi and Enugu states where they form majority. They also inhabit some parts of Delta, Cross River, Rivers, Edo, Akwa ibom, Kogi and Benue states.


However, you could found them in other countries apart from Nigeria such as Cameroon and Equatorial Guinea. In their native language, masquerade is called Mmanwu.


The following are some of their Masquerades:

Yoruba

The Yoruba which is one of the largest ethnicity nationality in Nigeria are found mainly in western part of the country.


They are found in Nigerian states such as Osun, Ondo, Oyo, Ekiti, Ogun, Kwara and Lagos states. They also found in countries such as Republic of Benin and Togo.


In their native language, masquerade is called Egungun. These are some of their Masquerades:


You can confirm by yourself that the two have a rich Cultural heritage. There is always a great fun in it.

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