David Pratten's British Academy Summer Showcase: Understanding the Niger Delta’s agaba masquerade tradition
Masquerades are often seen as repositories of tradition. But this is a story of a thoroughly modern, militant mask – a story that encounters Nobel laureates, James Bond, the Oscars, Tupac and Delta warlords…
Sometimes agaba is known as mgbedike: time of the brave or strong. These names are in the Igbo language, and the mask originates from Igbo-speaking communities in the South-East of Nigeria.
You can read more about the masquerade and the masks here.