posted on 6th of november, 2013

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.

Another opportunity is here for you to take part in Africa's finest street festival this December. You can't afford to miss this rich and ancient culture.

You are welcome to Otuo Age Grades Festival -Masquerade in Nigeria

Comments (9)

Posted by Tru9ja on November 15, 2013
Thanks Martin, thank you Laura.
Posted by Laurasinelle on November 12, 2013
thanks for sharing, really nice images!
Posted by Martingraf on November 08, 2013
you are very talented - that's why I love Dreamstime - you see and learn so much from each other
Posted by Tru9ja on November 08, 2013
Thanks all for your kind comments.
@edosaodaro, there are so much to write about Nigeria culturally, imaging a country with over 500 tribes, with over 500 cultures and traditions, all unique!, so much to say and so much to see. i know you will be home not only to witness the Otuo Age Grades Festival, but to participate in the "Igue" festival, and still be on time to see the Calabar street carnival among others.
Posted by Physi28 on November 08, 2013
Yes interesting blog and pictures!
Posted by Edosaodaro on November 07, 2013
Ha ha... What a coincidence!! I just published a Nigeria blog - with one of your pictures featured too!! :O)
Very good piece Nelson! Uruese!
Posted by Gheburaseye on November 07, 2013
Interesting article! Good work and nice pics!
Thank you for sharing ;)
Posted by Lenutaidi on November 07, 2013
Great work! Beautiful pictures! Thank you for sharing!
Posted by FabioConcetta on November 07, 2013
Is a great reportage, very nice work, congratulations!

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