Music/ Dance / 46m / Feature / Documentary
Narrated by Nigerian-born sculptor Sokari Douglas Camp, Alagba is the first significant water spirit masquerade in a cycle that takes seventeen years to complete. This may be the last time that it is ever performed. The young male initiates of the Sekiapu society perform extremely arduous tests in heavy masquerade costume. Failure can bring a severe beating from the crowd, but success brings honour and celebration. This programme explains the exciting and colourful masquerade in detail through the eyes of the participants, the young male initiates, the elders, the new chief drummer and the largely female audience - who are not supposed to know the secrets of the all-male Sekiapu Society.
Directed by Jane Thorburn