Ékpè (leopard) initiation societyNigeria
Representative List 2014
EN: Qua-Ejagham Ekpe of Ikot Ansa (Nkonib) community, Calabar Municipality, Cross River State. Traditional rites for the installation of a Ekpe titleholder. The two masks at left and right are called 'Idern Ikwo', the one in the center is 'Ebongo'.
EN: Qua-Ejagham Ekpe of Ikot Ansa (Nkonib) community, Calabar Municipality Cross River State, Nigeria. November 2009. 'Idem Ikwo' body mask. Note brass belt at waist, Ekpe leaves in the left hand and ostrich feathers on the head.
EN: Agoi-Ibami community of Yakurr Local Government Area, Cross River State, Nigeria. This was the culmination of a community-wide Ekpe event that is held every seven years to confirm the autonomy and identity of this community.
EN: Esit Eket community of Akwa Ibom State. Ekpe performance during a traditional marriage.
EN: Enoghi village, Ikom urban, Ikom Local Government Area, Cross River State. Traditional rites for a deceased title-holder being performed at an Ekpe hall.
EN: Afikpo community, Ebonyi State, Nigeria. Ekpe display to celebrate the visit of an Afikpo Ekpe member
EN: Ibiono-Ibom community, Akwa Ibom State. Ekpe display at the Paramount Ruler's palace to welcome Ekpe leaders from Calabar
EN: Obutong community, Calabar Municipality, Cross River State. Dance of several 'Idem Ikwo' masks during a procession that exited the lodge (in the background) after initiating a chief. The trees along the road are called 'Oboti' (or Ekpe trees) in Efik.
EN: An Ekpe boat moves along the Cross River in Umon Kingdom, Biase LGA. Musicians are at stern (behind the Mboko 'house'). The chiefs sit in front, the mask is at the helm to guide and protect.
EN: Murua-Nyamkpe Ekpe performer. The Palace of the Obong of Calabar, Calabar South, Calabar Cross River State. Murua-Nyamkpe is the town-crier' that makes announcements to the community about important events.