IYIENU SHRINE AGULERI, SOUTH EASTERN NIGERIA

                                             The Chief Priest of Iyienu Shrine Aguleri  infront of the shrine

 

This is the Chief Priest of Iyienu Shrine in Aguleri, South Eastern Nigeria calling on the ancestors and the Gods of the land for protection, favour and blessings before he breaks the kolanuts. Breaking of Kola nuts in Igbo land is done when a host welcomes a guest into his home, and its a powerful symbol of mutual respect, honour, hospitality, friendship and community.

 

 

OTU ODU CEREMONY ONITSHA, SOUTH EASTERN NIGERIA

The Otu Odu Women’s Ceremony in Onitsha South Eastern Nigeria. Otu Odu is an exclusive prestigious society for Onitsha women who are either indigenes, direct relations (nwadiani) or by marriage. The Otu Odu Society is an ancient institution which provides a pedestal on which the dignity of womanhood is elevated.

 

IGBO OLODUMARE ONDO STATE, SOUTH WESTERN NIGERIA

This is the entrance to Igbo Olodumare. Igbo Olodumare known as the “forest of a thousand demons” is famed to be home to demons, spirits and supernatural beings. Igbo Olodumare occupies 20 acres of land and is located in Ondo State, South Western Nigeria. 

 

This is Lanre, the Care Taker of Igbo Olodumare climbing one of the mountains inside the Forest

 

The is the effigy of Baba Onirungbon Yeuke tin gbe ibi gegele okuta (meaning the old man with the beard living at the base of the mountain). Baba lives inside Olodumare very close to the entrance of the forest. 

 

Nsukka Masquerades, Enugu State in South Eastern Nigeria

“Mmanwu” also known as Masquerade is a traditional masquerade of the Igbo people of south eastern Nigeria. Masquerade revolves around community and can differ from village to village. Masquerades are used to honour the dead and pray to the gods. The members also known as masquerades, wear masks to hide their identity from the rest of the village. The mask is also worn to resemble the spirit of a dead community member, By wearing the mask, a masquerade is thought to have spiritual powers that are conducted through the mask. The living-dead  are what these masquerades/spirits embody. Igbo people believe that the dead never actually die ; rather they remain in a personal immortal state. 

The video and pictures below are Nsukka Masquerades –  oriokpa, akataka, oji onu and among others

 

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