Found in Southeastern Igboland, primarily in the town Afikpo, opa nwa (also called agbogho okumkpa or agbogho mma; meaning 'carrying child' or 'hold child'; often referred to as 'Queen mask') masks are worn by a single older boy and young man of the Mmwo (or Mma) secret society during annually Okumkpa ceremonies to celebrate the end of the dry season. They are danced to satirise the lives of villagers - some celebrations can last up to four hours. Considered a female mask, opa nwa dancers wear female clothing to act out skits about women.
Opa nwa masks are also used during Njenji festivals, performed by young boys and adults. They are also used during Logholo chasing games; masqueraders play in the village common, chased by uninitiated boys. “Logholo is played in most Afikpo villages on eke (market) day.”2
"The "queen" has a female face and carries a child on her head. During Okumpka, she is often hidden in the center of the crowd of seated performers. Known as a woman who rejects suitor after suitor, she is the center of great attention whenever she gets up to dance. Male performers do their best to be as graceful and delicate as possible in portraying her."1