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Abigbo'  dances (social critics) both from Mbaise community in South-eastern Nigeria were used for social criticisms in an entertaining manner. Through Abigbo, people could collectively voice out criticisms on governments and powerful people in the society, which otherwise a single person could not do without being victimized

 

 

 

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African Masquerades
.Masquerades in most African traditions originated as local law enforcement agents. They protected traditions and shrines. Membership was shrouded in secrecy through initiations to protect the identity of the members who often were used to confront strong men who broke laws. In modern times masquerades are used mostly for entertainments. masquerades were untouchable, feared to be spirits. Young men enlisted into the groups to effectively act as a local police.
 

 

Ijele performs most in the Igbo South eastern part of Nigeria. It's highly regarded as the king masquerade, beautifully adorned, accompanied by other smaller masquerades and usually comes out last in any Igbo ceremonial event.

‘Ekpe’ was a type of masquerade from the South-Eastern Nigeria usually more confined in a vicinity, where young men could boast of their valor and strength in turns

Eyo Masquerades originated from Lagos in the South-western part of Nigeria. They come out during the Eyo cultural festival which attracts all Lagos Island natives, people across Nigeria and visitors from all over the world. Like most masquerades in Africa, only young men can  dress in the Eyo costumes. Eyo is used to celebrate the passing away of illustrious sons and daughters of the city of Lagos who have been esteemed custodians of its heritage, customs, history and culture.

Adamma Masquerade originated from the South-Eastern Enugu state of Nigeria. It is adorned beautifully to personify the spirit of a lustful beautiful young lady.

This wonder masquerade from Benue State in the middle belt region of Nigeria can grow really tall as well as shrink rapidly

   

Prestigious Royal Dances

Igba Ndi Eze (A dance for the kings). This was used to usher in kings, titled men and women either into an arena or into an occasion.

Wrestling & War Dances
Most African war dances were  used either prior to a battle to boost the morale of soldiers or after a war to welcome gallant warriors showing off their war bounties

.A local wrestling dance)was used to cheer wrestlers as young men and women competed in local championships.

‘Ikpirikpi-ogu’ (War dance) originated from the Igbo tribe of South Eastern Nigeria. It was a dance of warriors usually used to welcome soldiers back from tribal wars. Today it’s purely symbolical to show the prowess and valor of a community and it’s triumph over collective challenge
   

The ‘Atilogwu’ (Acrobatic Dance) was an acrobatic dance that served both as entertainment but also equivalent to today’s cheerleaders in the west. The acrobatic flips, high jumps, etc kept young men in shape and out of crime.

A colorful boat regatta from the Rivers state in the South-southern part of Nigeria

African Maiden Dances
Most African traditions place a lot of importance on ladies' chastity, purity and abstinence before marriage. Most African maiden dances were used to keep young women's minds and body active before marriage. A maiden dance is also used to present a young maiden to her intended suitor.

Young ladies from Northern Nigeria

A maiden dance from the Calabar South-Southern Nigeria

 

'Nkwa- Umu agbogho' Maiden dance from South-Eastern Nigeria was mostly a dance group for young ladies. It's a breathe-taking chest and waist dance, where maidens who have come of age to marry flaunted their body in seductive manners to attract suitors. It also helped the younger girls keep mind and body busy to abstain from sexual activities before marriage.

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 'Egwu Owerri' is a dance group for married ladies and could be compared to today’s exercise clubs in the west. Married women and new mothers used such entertaining avenues to exercise, lose weight, shed baby fats and stay healthy through weekly rehearsals

 
       
   

   
                   

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