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Okumkpa masquerade play, Amorie village, Afikpo Village, Nigeria. 1950s

Okumpka, the most elaborate masquerade found at Afikpo Village-Group, is the most popular and well attended Afikpo masked ritual. It consists of a series of skits, songs, and dances presented by masked players in the main common of a village during an afternoon or evening. The play is closely associated with the village secret society; all players are society members, and all wear wooden masks to conceal their identity