As part of the task for Face Of Rhodies World Photo Contest Season 6 (My, culture, My Pride), contestants were asked to tell us about the culture they are representing in an expository essay writing. This task carries 2000 votes, and below is an unedited essay writing sent in by this contestant.
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NAME: NKPOIKANKE ARCHIIBONG
STATE OF ORIGIN: AKWA IBOM STATE
NAME OF THE CULTURE YOU ARE REPRESENTING: EFIK CULTURE
I represent the Efik culture, the Efik are an ethnic group located in southeastern Nigeria. In some occasions the painting of face or body with ndom is an expression of joy of child birth or any other goodnews in the family. The painted face is also an indication that the bearer has been initiated into all women society. The Abang dancers wear face painting for personal expression of beauty , feminity and love.
Talking about my apparels, on my face is ndom (white chalk), it is an expression of joy of child birth or any other goodnews, on my neck is Nkwa itong (bead) as an expression of beauty, on my upper body is itong ofong (blouse) to also add beauty to my attire, on my waistline is Akasi made of cane, this symbolizes the ideal beauty of an Efik woman full figured with a healthy waistline. The Akasi is covered with a large piece of fabric to show beauty, femininity and grace.
Since it’s a dancing attire, it is worn to events like traditional marriages, naming ceremonies e.t.c by dancers. The people with this cultural attire are the ”EFIKS” and they are located in Calabar, Cross River state in Southeastern Nigeria. I like this culture so much because the people practicing it respects it.
One of the major traditions of the Efik people is Nkuho(The fattening room), it is an aged old tradition of the Efik people, it is the training given to young women while they are in seclusion to prepare them for marriage and womanhood, during this period the girl is being cared for by older women and is not allowed to come in contact with other people. Another tradition of the Efik people is the face and body painting, this symbolizes purity and love, in the old days it was a form of self expression where personal identities or pattern were developed and recorded. Masquerades are also one of the oldest traditional and cultural events, it is accompanied with chants, songs and dances. the most distinguished and highest of all is the ‘EKPE’ Masquerade.
COMMENT FROM THE CREW
Photo Attitude: Excellent
Presentation: Very Good
Miss Nkpoikanke Archibong, we writeup is interesting, you have taken time to give detail of your apparels. It’s names and what it signifies. Good job.
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VERY GOOD: 400