Nigeria, known as "the Giant of Africa", is the most populous country in Africa and the seventh most populous country in the world. There are over 500 ethnic groups in Nigeria.
Edo State is an inland state in western Nigeria. It is distinguished as one of the prominent highland regions of Nigeria, the area under consideration is bounded in the north and east by Kogi State, in the south by Delta State and in the west by Ondo State.
Among the northwestern Edo, men in Otuo between the ages of 45 and 50 wear masks and headdresses in festivals held to mark the entry of these men into the group of community leaders. These masks are used for a season lasting five years and are thereafter destroyed.
It is ritually important that the headdresses and their remains stay within the confines of the community. Reasons being that they are not allowed to cross any WATER BODY (such as rivers, streams, seas etc). Hence these masquerades are little known to outsiders beyond a small group of people who have traveled in the area.
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You are welcome to Otuo Age Grades Festival -Masquerade in Nigeria