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The Durbar festival was introduced to Nigeria by colonial administrators with political objectives in mind. The word Durbar is of Persian origin and it was first linked to ceremonial assemblies marking the proclamation of Queen Victoria as the Empress of colonial India in 1877. In Nigeria, the events then were ceremonial in nature, the first Durbar was held in 1911, subsequent ceremonies were held in 1924, 1925, 1948, 1960 and 1972. The ceremonies linked together pre-colonial aspects of martial display, colonist created assemblies and celebrations of important events in Northern Nigeria
It all began in 1892, when Oba Adesumbo Tunwase, who signed the treaty of relationship with the British Queen, gave land to the Muslims to establish their Central Mosque. At the same time, he agreed with the British missionaries to preach Christianity in Ijebu Land and even went further to […]
Masquerade (Egungun) is an important celebration involving varied masked dancers, musicians and its audience.
Welcome to Nike Art Centre, the home of Nigerian Arts and Culture, and artist Chief Nike Davies-Okundaye.
The massive structure called Susanne Wenger's house is one of the few architectural landmarks in the city.
In Yoruba-land in south western Nigeria, each village used to have its sacred grove...
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