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25 Most Popular Igbo Masquerades by GuyWise(m): 8:20pm On Nov 01, 2023
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The white people are celebrating their Halloween and we are celebrating with them meanwhile they are calling our own masquerades 'EVIL' and our people are shamelessly believing them.


Now we are bringing you top 25 most popular masquerades in Igbo land enjoy.




Ijele Masquerade

Ijele is a special and most popular Igbo masquerade and the largest mask system ever to enter the history of the world masking tradition. Ijele has its origin from the norther part of Igbo land (Anambra and Enugu State, Nigeria). known as the biggest Masquerade in Sub-Saharan Africa, Ijele was listed in the UNESCO Archives as an intangible cultural element in need of urgent safeguarding.

Ijele masquerade is the King of all Masquerades and as such has 45 different other masquerades perform on top of it in the olden days. Presently, the 45 masquerades are represented by the 45 figurines seen on top of Ijele. The myth and size of Ijele is wholesome as every aspect of life is depicted on Ijele. It is the climax of all masquerades hence performs alone and mostly last.

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Re: 25 Most Popular Igbo Masquerades by GuyWise(m): 8:21pm On Nov 01, 2023
2. Izaga: Izaga is the tallest of Igbo masquerades, The Ịzaga masquerades have the ability to grow very tall and also make itself short, Izaga is an entertainment masquerade that comes out during traditional ceremony or festivals for the sole aim of entertaining the spectators.

Re: 25 Most Popular Igbo Masquerades by Spreadlove8888(m): 8:22pm On Nov 01, 2023
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Re: 25 Most Popular Igbo Masquerades by GuyWise(m): 8:22pm On Nov 01, 2023
3. Ulaga: Ulaga is a popular Igbo masquerade although not often seen as the ulaga masquerade comes out occasionally mostly during funerals of titled men to pay its last respect or during any event organised in honours or in acknowledgement of someone’s importance in a community.

Re: 25 Most Popular Igbo Masquerades by GuyWise(m): 8:23pm On Nov 01, 2023
4. Agaba: The Agaba masquerade as a character is that of a warrior represented in its name that literally connotes “lets go”. The Agaba major attribute is warrior-like prowess, which specializes, in ritual manifestations. The chanting that accompanies the Agaba cut across ethnic dialects and cultures among the Igbos.

Re: 25 Most Popular Igbo Masquerades by GuyWise(m): 8:23pm On Nov 01, 2023
5. Odo: Odo is a masquerade of the Igbo people peculiar to the northern Igbo people of Enugu State. Odo masquerade represents a deity who affords the living a chance to commune with their dead in line with the Igbo Traditional belief. During Odo festival, The dead is said to work freely among the living.

Re: 25 Most Popular Igbo Masquerades by GuyWise(m): 8:23pm On Nov 01, 2023
6. Ekpe:  The Ekpe masquerade is popular among the Igbo of Abia State, Enugu state and Ebonyi State. Most Ekpe masquerade are used to enforce law in the community and its said to be the link to their ancestor

Re: 25 Most Popular Igbo Masquerades by GuyWise(m): 8:25pm On Nov 01, 2023
7. Igariga: There are also the crowd masquerades that are used during burial ceremonies of titled men and at ofala festivals. Such masquerades are common among young men and usually carry canes with which they scare people away.

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Re: 25 Most Popular Igbo Masquerades by GuyWise(m): 8:30pm On Nov 01, 2023
8. Ekpo: The Ekpo masquerade acts as a police man who enforces the laws of the land especially the laws of the Ekpo. The Ekpo masquerade is popular among the Igbo of Abia state especially those within Arochukwu.

Re: 25 Most Popular Igbo Masquerades by GuyWise(m): 8:30pm On Nov 01, 2023
9. Omewaluigwe: The Omewaluigwe on its own side is a wise masquerade in the sense that it is known for its talkative nature. It goes around making proverbs and speaking parables, while its followers and the audience applaud it.

Re: 25 Most Popular Igbo Masquerades by GuyWise(m): 8:30pm On Nov 01, 2023
10. Agbogho mmuo: Agbogho Mmuo masquerade are maiden spirit masks that represent the spirit of dead girls that have manifested in the dancer to come back to parade in their communities. The masks also symbolise the ideals of female beauty among many Nri-Awka Igbo communities.

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Re: 25 Most Popular Igbo Masquerades by GuyWise(m): 8:36pm On Nov 01, 2023
11. Mmanwu Ugo: Mmanwu Ugo, Eagle masquerade is an entertainment masquerade popular among the people of Anambra. These assume the appearance of the creatures that they have their names attached. And during their display, they do things that are peculiar to those creatures.

Re: 25 Most Popular Igbo Masquerades by GuyWise(m): 8:37pm On Nov 01, 2023
13. Mmanwu Atu : These assume the appearance of the creatures that they have their names attached. And during their display, they do things that are peculiar to those creatures.

Re: 25 Most Popular Igbo Masquerades by GuyWise(m): 8:39pm On Nov 01, 2023
14. Mkpamkpankụ: is a very serious, fully masculine-featured masquerade. Mkpamkpankụ is brisk, aggressive, agile and notorious in its own way. It has the appearance of a person. This masquerade is active to the extent that about two or more strong men are ever around it to with the rope that is tied around its west to draw it back from over acting.

Re: 25 Most Popular Igbo Masquerades by GuyWise(m): 8:39pm On Nov 01, 2023
15. Odum mmanwu: These assume the appearance of the creatures that they have their names attached. And during their display, they do things that are peculiar to those creatures.

Re: 25 Most Popular Igbo Masquerades by GuyWise(m): 8:40pm On Nov 01, 2023
17. Odogwu: The ODOGWU masquerade is a youthful and aggressive character represented by a mask that insinuates “Bloodshot eyed rebel”. Its major attribute is demonstration of youthfulness with specialty in intimidation. The Odogwu is also known for the highly charged chanting that accompany its rhythms.

Re: 25 Most Popular Igbo Masquerades by tinsel: 8:44pm On Nov 01, 2023
OP, you made me remember my childhood.
Re: 25 Most Popular Igbo Masquerades by GuyWise(m): 8:47pm On Nov 01, 2023
tinsel:
OP, you made me remember my childhood.
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We must bring it back, church has done more harm than good
Re: 25 Most Popular Igbo Masquerades by AchrafHakimi: 8:49pm On Nov 01, 2023
Afonjanistan masquerades are better.

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Re: 25 Most Popular Igbo Masquerades by RingRoadCartel: 8:53pm On Nov 01, 2023
The Afunja mask. This grotesque-looking creature is a worldwide symbol of corruption and narcotics. It has no known father, mother, brothers, and sisters. Its place of primary and secondary education cannot be verified. It has no known classmate from both schools and it even appeared to have attended secondary school 4 years before the school itself was built. This masquerade is known to love withholding the destinies of youths and mortgaging their future. Spit on it wherever you see it.

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Re: 25 Most Popular Igbo Masquerades by GuyWise(m): 9:00pm On Nov 01, 2023
18. Ojionu: The Ojionu masquerade is a water spirit character represented by a headdress of crocodiles, sharks and other water creatures. The major attribute of Ojionu is creative non-stop dancing.

Re: 25 Most Popular Igbo Masquerades by GuyWise(m): 9:00pm On Nov 01, 2023
19. Okwomma: The Okwomma:  is the type that carries a cutlass, well sharpened. It uses this to shake hands, to collect money and to greet people who are in the cult, or other great masquerades.

Re: 25 Most Popular Igbo Masquerades by Bulldozer90: 9:00pm On Nov 01, 2023
What of akataka?
Re: 25 Most Popular Igbo Masquerades by GuyWise(m): 9:01pm On Nov 01, 2023
20. Ngwu: Ngwu is a popular igbo masquerade named after the ngwu deity, the ngwo masquerade only comes out once if a while or during the burial of a great man or initiate in the community, Ngwu masquerades are great dancers. Most ngwu masquerade are seen at the graveside of an initiate lamenting just before and after the person has been laid to rest.

Re: 25 Most Popular Igbo Masquerades by GuyWise(m): 9:02pm On Nov 01, 2023
21. Ebu: The Ebu masquerades usually come out of a box, the masquerade have the ability to fold itself like a paper,  grow very tall and also make itself short

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Re: 25 Most Popular Igbo Masquerades by GuyWise(m): 9:03pm On Nov 01, 2023
22. Omaba:  Omaba is a popular Igbo masquerade among the Igbos within the northern Igbo area of Nsukka, Omaba masquerade comes in different masks and mostly appear and display during the omaba festival

Re: 25 Most Popular Igbo Masquerades by GuyWise(m): 9:03pm On Nov 01, 2023
23. Mgbadike: Mgbadike is a warrior masquerade which wields axes and cutlass, and its guide would use the cutlass to cut open his mouth without inflicting any injury on himself

Re: 25 Most Popular Igbo Masquerades by GuyWise(m): 9:04pm On Nov 01, 2023
24. Udo Akpu Enyi: The Okwomma is the type that carries a cutlass, well sharpened. It uses this to shake hands, to collect money and to greet people who are in the cult, or other great masquerades

Re: 25 Most Popular Igbo Masquerades by GuyWise(m): 9:04pm On Nov 01, 2023
25. Ajofia: Ajofia meaning Evil forest is a popular masquerade from the nnewi axis of Anambra state, it is said that Ajofia doesn’t come out during festive periods, only when a “Strong” titled man passes on

Re: 25 Most Popular Igbo Masquerades by GuyWise(m): 9:05pm On Nov 01, 2023
Bulldozer90:
What of akataka?
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We are list top 25
Re: 25 Most Popular Igbo Masquerades by 07kjb: 9:12pm On Nov 01, 2023
If you have been to owerri during Christmas time u go understand say nothing beat our MASQUERADE

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