"Of particular interest to many will be the masquerade
displays." The masquerades
are festive, often boisterous dances with costumes and masks, which can vary in style depending on the individual Igbo villages and occasions being celebrated.
During the festivities, there was a procession of all masquerades
around the town which culminated in a carnival as the people joined the procession to dance to the palace to pay homage to the traditional ruler of Oke-Imesi and Ladunwo which is believed to be the biggest and most powerful masquerade
in the town.
Within these lineages, masquerades
were inherited through generations, with particular masks representing the lineage and/or ward at yearly processions, and performances were organized for audiences varying from the royal court to the town's commoners.
Nooke and the Germans, who are proposing free zones as part of a 'Marshall Plan'-type African recovery scheme, no longer want to play along with the idea of masquerades
that pass for effective African governance.
ODM has started a crackdown on its supporters who masquerade
as branch officials in Nyanza and other stronghold areas.
Nevertheless, the event of Okumkpo starts with Olojo masquerades--a sort of master of ceremony (M.C) masquerades
that introduce the entry of Okumkpo by dancing, chanting (songs) and acrobatically usher in the gigantic and dreadful masquerade
into the arena (amikpo square) in Ozizza, in the Ehugbo community the area of our study.
: Essays on Tradition and Innovation Worldwide edited by Deborah Bell; Jefferson, North Carolina, McFarland & Company, 2015.
Based on seven years of field research, this study examines the historical and artistic background of mapiko masks of Mozambique, describes how this masquerade
tradition has evolved over the past century, and investigates how it has represented historical and political events.
The myriad Carnival, Christmas, and other masquerades
of the Caribbean have been the subject of much research over the past couple of decades.
(148) This message depicts the obscure but vantage position of the leaders who are invisible in the dancing arena of the masquerades
, and the masquerades
who are in turn programmed to accomplish certain questionable missions.
, the group also entertains people with their rendering of folk tales, African comic shows and drama among other things.
. which premiered at the Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) 2008, also won the Muhr Arab Award and the Fipresci Award under the category of 'Best Film'.