Ekpe masquerade at the cultural festival day of all long, thirty two days of christmas festival.
Ekpe dancer from the Culture and heritage department of the office of the Governor of Cross River State of Nigeria.
Ekpe in Cross River State of Nigeria is a masquerade of traditional relevance. In traditional understanding among western part of Nigeria, though EKPE is from south south! Such figures are called ARA ORUN…. heaven dwellers. In the olden days, they are known as migrants who comes to the world for occasional purposes.
Tradional dance from this part of the world cannot be completed without these features being adequately featured.
Picture taken in 1996.
A loudspeaker ouside blasting the tradional music of apala. A ritual leisurely evening visit. A daily dose of music of different known artists and the ability to cram those song and constant singing, latest and old number earned me a nickname. “Tatalo”, a nickname of a leading talking drummer in interior part of Ibadan. Capital city of Oyo State, Nigeria. The largest city in West Africa till date. Ordinarily, if not that I knew the value of education and had to go back to school after several years of being out of school system. Maybe, maybe not. I may have ended up playing local music.
That was then in the teen.
This Barber shop off the major junction was a place of my regular visit most evening for the dose of local music.
There, we all gather and savour the smell of fresh releases of current local music. Good memory but long rested like the dream of yesteryears.