Leboku 2013 In Pictures

“Leboku is the annual New Yam Festival celebrated in Ugep, Nigeria to honour of the earth goddess and the ancestral spirits of the land in Ugep, one of the five settlements of Yakurr. The three-week festival is the culmination of many events: the beginning of the yam harvest, a time to appease the gods and ancestors, a public parade of engaged maidens, a commemoration of events that led to the migration from the Yakurr ancestral home to the present site, and a period of holiday in the Yakurr traditional calendar (mid-August through mid-September). The Yakurr calendar runs from August to July. During the Leboku, people keep away from intense farming activities and exchange visits with their families. The Leboku is also meant to usher in peace, good health and prosperity” (From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia)

Calitown.com had the rare opportunity of having a camera crew on ground. This is just a little of what was seen.

The royal procession to the Palace
The royal procession to the Palace
This carnival like atmosphere accompanies the 'Etangala' Masquerade
This carnival like atmosphere accompanies the ‘Etangala’ Masquerade
A bottle of Gulder tied and hung on the chest...the many add ons to the Festival
A bottle of Gulder tied and hung on the chest…the many add ons to the Festival
Dried fish is always a delicacy among the natives
Dried fish is always a delicacy among the natives
the women had their moments too
the women had their moments too
The Ekeledi dance
The Ekeledi dance
Even this little girl steps out in style
Even this little girl steps out in style
Beatiful maidens pose for calitown.com
Beatiful maiden pose for calitown.com
The ancestral drum of the traditional Prime Minister
The ancestral drum of the traditional Prime Minister
Warriors like this are a common feature of the Leboku festival
Warriors like this are a common feature of the Leboku festival
An 'Ekoi' dancer
An ‘Ekoi’ dancer
Gaily dressed traditional chiefs are an i8ntegral part of the ''Leboku"
Gaily dressed traditional chiefs are an integral part of the ”Leboku”
Local warriors strutting their stuff
Local warriors strutting their stuff
The 'Okpebri' of Ugep, leads an entourage of chiefs
The ‘Okpebri’ of Ugep, leads an entourage of chiefs
A well dressed maiden
A well dressed maiden
The 'Atewa', is a traditional chief who plays a very important role in the 'Leboku' Festival. Here he makes his way to the town square to take part in the 'Ekoi' dance.
The ‘Atewa’, is a traditional chief who plays a very important role in the ‘Leboku’ Festival. Here he makes his way to the town square to take part in the ‘Ekoi’ dance.
These special stones at the Palace of the Obol Lopon of Ugepare said to have accompanied the Ugep people on their migrations to present day Ugep.
These special stones at the Palace of the Obol Lopon of Ugepare said to have accompanied the Ugep people on their migrations to present day Ugep.
The legs and the bangles worn by the maidens
The legs and the bangles worn by the maidens
Communal feeding, a way of the people
Communal feeding, a way of the people

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