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Ofo (Staff of Authority)

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The word ofo (ọfọ) has two similar meanings. It can refer to a sacred tree, thought to have been created by God, or to a ritual artefact (called uvuo by the Ijo and ovo by Isoko and Urhobo) usually relating to lineage. Ofo objects are often...


Ekpesi ('Feather Man' Headdress)

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During the dry summer months, when farming demands less attention, the Eloyi begin their masquerade. It is a celebration of the male elders who passed away the previous year. The Ekpesi is worn by the drummer during this annual ritual. It is also...


Eduga (Battle Axe)

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Known as warriors, the Fang possessed shields, lances, spears, short swords, and battle-axes. They also used crossbows, but mainly only for hunting. The Fang didn't use throwing knives, as they considered them curiosities or relics from another...


Domu (Figurative Harp)

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Mangbetu musicians often performed to entertain their communities. Singing songs about their travels and heroic deeds performed by their elders. Central to these songs is the domu harp. While it has been attributed to many peoples over the years,...


Aduno Koro (Ritual Container)

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The Dogon reside in remote villages, sheltered by rugged cliffs running along the Niger River. In this harsh and arid landscape, it is a struggle for Dogon farmers to work the land and provide food for their communities. This makes a successful...


Okyeame Poma (Linguist's Staff)

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A chief's linguist sits at the top of the hierarchy of non-royal court officials. Known as okyeame, the court linguist is employed as the primary royal spokesperson and is a highly regarded advisor in an Akan palace. A chief will usually have...