Iko Okochi Afikpo

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Country and Region NigeriaEbonyi
Type of Festival Dance, Music
Location of Festival Afikpo, Ebonyi, Nigeria
Festival Contact Information

Iko Okochi Afikpo
Nigeria Tourism Development Corporation
Phone: (234) 9-2347725
Email: info@nigeriatourism.net

Festival Description

This is an annual event that takes place in Afikpo, Ebonyi State from the last week of November to the second week of December. Iko Okochi is described as a friendship festival incorporating ceremonies of rites of passage. The festival begins with the Iko Onuoka “Masked Warrior Dance” and “Beauty Pageant” The greatest warrior and the most beautiful maiden are selected at the Iko Onuoka. The Festival concludes with the Iko Okochi when young men just come of age are initiated into the Ogo Age Group. This is followed by a spectacularly colorful parade of over 200 masquerades. The actual dates for these events may vary from year to year.

Festival Dates November - December
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