Abiriba Iri Ndi (new yam) festival is the annual dance of the maidens from Amanta in Ameke community of Abiriba Kingdom, called Nmaku Eziali maidens.
This maidens who are also believed to be Virgins, pure and un-defiled by any man performs this sacred dance and any maiden who is not a virgin from this clan dare not participate in the dance. Although I cannot categorically tell you the repercussion if such happens.
This is the time that the young girls who are now ripe enough for marriage show off their beautiful figures and dancing prowess to young men from Amanta and other prospective husbands from other communities making up the Abiriba Kingdom.
There is usually great excitement heralding this dance especially to the young men who sees it as an opportunity to get their brides, as some of them will tie palm fronds on the legs of their desired brides, which is called “Igbai Omu” in the traditional Abiriba language, signifying that the maiden had been taken and other suitors should steer clear and the young man (men) will now take up the marriage proceedings from there.
It is annual event.
Bellow are some of the photos from this great event.
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