Ekombi Dancer



Ekombi is a name for those in southern Nigeria especially Efik tribe, this garments are used for events like Ekpe masquerade or to perform ancient dances. Each detail in such an attire is carefully thought over and has its special meaning. For instance, those who perform a traditional Abang Dance, the dance of beauty and femininity, wear special headpieces called Ibuot Abang. They are mostly decorated with bird feathers that are fastened to flexible cane stems. This is called Basinko.

Such dancers usually have multiple strings of beads around their necks. They are colorful and bright and meant for additional decoration. They are called Nkwaesit Itong. Other strings of beads that are worn across their shoulders are called Anana Ubok with their rich culture.


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