Sabadina private school will be taking us on a sneak peek into the richness of the Nigerian culture. Sabadina is a nursery and primary school located at Igbohelerin Lagos state ,iba road . Its an institution to very intelligent and hardworking students. It strives for moral values and peace among children. Today they are observing their annual cultural day which is usually held during the second term of every session. Enjoy as they make you understand what it is to be Nigerian.
The word “Eyo” also refers to the costumed dancers, known as the masquerades that come out during the festival. The origins of this observance are found in the inner workings of the secret societies of Lagos.  Back in the days, The Eyo festival is held to escort the soul of a departed Lagos King or Chief and to usher in a new king. It is widely believed that the play is one of the manifestations of the customary African revelry that serves as the forerunner of the modern carnival in Brazil. The white-clad Eyo masquerades represent the spirits of the dead, and are referred to in Yoruba as “agogoro Eyo” (literally: “tall Eyo”).
The Fula people or Fulani or Fulɓe (Fula : Fulɓe; French: Peul ; Hausa : Fulani or Hilani ; Portuguese: Fula ; Wolof : Pël; Bambara : Fulaw), numbering between 20 and 25 million people in total, are one of the largest and a widely dispersed Muslim ethnic group in Sahel and
West Africa. The Fula people are traditionally believed to have roots in the people from North Africa and the Middle East, who later intermingled with local West African ethnic groups. As an ethnic group they are bound together by the Fula language (Fulfulde), culture, history, their religious affiliation and their efforts to spread Islam in Sahel region and the West Africa.
A significant proportion of the Fula – a third, or an estimated 7 to 8 million – are pastoral people, making them the ethnic group with the largest nomadic A significant proportion of the Fula – a third, or an estimated 7 to 8 million are pastoral people, making them the ethnic group with the largest nomadic pastoral community in the world. The majority of the Fula ethnic group consisted of semi-sedentary people, as well as sedentary settled farmers, artisans, merchants and nobility.
The dance, which from inception, hinged on a particular pattern of steps and body movement, has evolved over time.
Record has it that even before the arrival of the Sokoto Caliphate, social life of the Fulani and Hausa people dominated various cultural activities which usually occurred during the harmattan season.
Cultural and traditional activities are organized to celebrate the season. During that period, entertainment to the general interest of the people was usually staged to mark the end of the year and the beginning of the New Year.
However, as years went by and with contact with other civilized nations, the idea of mixing Sarewa (a traditional musical instrument of the Fulani, that provides a soothing and interesting rhythm with the Hausa musical instruments such as Ganga, Kanzagi, Duma, Kwarya among others to create a unique musical output) was conceived in 1972 by Malam Umaru Kiru, an employee of Kano Community Commercial College, alongside Malam Musa Lambu who happened be a dancer.
The igbos and their dance steps.
These are some of the most popular traditional dances in Igbo land, which I implore young Igbo men and women to replicate in their various communities
‘Ikpirikpi-ogu’ (War dance) was a dance of warriors usually used to welcome soldiers back from tribal wars. Today it’s purely symbolical to show the prowess and valor of a community and it’s triumph over collective challenges.
Igba Ndi Eze (A dance for the kings) . This was used to usher in kings, titled men and women either into an arena or into an occasion.
‘Ekpe’ was a type of masquerade but usually was more confined in a vicinity, where young men could boast of their valor and strength in turns.
The ‘Mmanwu’ (masquerades) were widely used to protect deities and to deliver judgments/penalties on otherwise powerful people because masquerades were untouchable, feared to be spirits. Young men enlisted into the groups to effectively act as a local police.
Sabadina has done it’s very best to give us a sneak peek into the Nigerian culture most especially their dances and origin. The children had fun showing us a lot of dance steps and cultural greetings that did swept us off our feets. Parents and guests really enjoyed themselves. Dancefametv was not left out either as we covered the whole events and took pictures of these adorable children showing us their capabilities and it was absolutely fun.