The Ekpe Masquerade

Community-based inventorying for the Calabar community

24 October 2016 – Nigeria,

Thirty-four participants representing officials from the Ministry of Information and Culture, local officials working in the field of culture and the Calabar community have been brought together to share the principles and methodologies of community-based inventorying of intangible cultural heritage during a workshop which took place in Nigeria from 10 to 14 October 2016.
The workshop, conducted by an international facilitator from the UNESCO’s global network of facilitators and by a national facilitator, focused on the inventorying process of Ekpe (Mgbe) and Uyoro oral traditions. The multicoloured Ekpe masquerade is a highly-regarded cultural practice in the Efik society. It represents more than a tourist spectacle, it is an embodiment of the social-cultural values and indigenous spirit of the Efik people in Calabar, Cross River State. ›››

Project: Safeguarding the intangible cultural heritage of Nigeria through an integrated approach ( 2014 - 2017 ) Contributor:
ICH Fund (Japan)

Objective and impact: interviews

Mr Marc Jacobs Belgium
Interviewed in 2012 (7.COM_WG)

Mr Pierre Bois France
Interviewed in 2012 (7.COM_WG)

Mr Hani Hayajneh Jordan
Interviewed in 2012 (7.COM_WG)

One of the last projects approved

Financial assistance

  • Seychelles
  • Financial assistance : $ 90,000
  • Implementation dates : 20/10/2016 - 20/10/2016
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ICH inscribed on UNESCO lists

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