(PHOTOS) Enyi "Elephant" masquerade and other masquerades resurface for Egbengwu Ogideleke Nimo New Yam Festival in Anambra state KossyDerrickBlog KossyDerrickEnt

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Tuesday, August 31, 2021

(PHOTOS) Enyi "Elephant" masquerade and other masquerades resurface for Egbengwu Ogideleke Nimo New Yam Festival in Anambra state

Information reaching Kossyderrickent has it that Enyi (Elephant) Masquerade and other masquerades have resurfaced during Egbengwu Ogideleke Nimo New Yam Festival, which was held a few days ago. 

Taking to his Facebook page, Spartan Arinze, shared photos of Enyi Masquerade and other masquerades which appeared during the New Yam Festival, which was held in Nimo, Njikoka Local Government Area of Anambra state. 

Masquerades such as; Ekpukelekpu masquerade, Enyi Masquerade, Hausa masquerade, were all present at the festival. A few important chiefs attended and were also celebrated. 

Spartan Arinze wrote:

"Hausa masquerade at Egbengwu Ogideleke Nimo New Yam festival. Ekpukelekpu masquerade at Egbengwu Ogideleke Nimo New Yam festival. Nimo bụ Enyi!!! Enyi masquerade, the pride of Nimo. Egbengwu Ogideleke Nimo New Yam Festival. Queen Joy Nneka Egedege dance troupes at Egbengwu Ogideleke Nimo New Yam festival."

According to Wikipedia, this is what New Yam Festival is all about:

"The New Yam Festival of the Igbo people (Orureshi in the idoma area, Iwa ji, Iri ji or Ike ji, Otute depending on dialect) is an annual cultural festival by the Igbo people held at the end of the rainy season in early August.

"The Iri ji festival (literally "new-yam eating") is practiced throughout West Africa (especially in Nigeria and Ghana) and other African countries and beyond, symbolizing the conclusion of a harvest and the beginning of the next work cycle. The celebration is a very culturally based occasion, tying individual Igbo communities together as essentially agrarian and dependent on yam, the king of crops."

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