International Journal of Humanities and Social Science

ISSN 2220-8488 (Print), 2221-0989 (Online) 10.30845/ijhss

Masking Art Tradition as a Cultural Manifestation of Olugbobiri People of Nigeria
Mangiri, Stanley Golikumo

This paper sets out to examine masks and masked dancers, to explore their meaning and significance to the Olugbibiri people of Nigeria. The precise form, the performance and the symbolic relationships implied in its structure have received little attention. Hence, this study focuses on the study of the subject for the needed information. The objective is to provide more detailed account on the origin, types of masks and the performance of the masquerades. Qualitative research methodology was used to achieve the desired objectives. The study reveals that devotees of Ungozu are blessed with a wealth of children and finance, which fosters unity amongst families and individuals. Also, the commitment of devotees of Ungozu is fast fading due to Christianity and other alien religions. The study leads to a better understanding of the relationship between the spirit world and the physical world.

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