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Atilogwu 1
Atilogu Dancer - Igbo Tribe - Oji River - Enugu State - Nigeria

Atilogwu is a traditionally spirited youth dance from the Igbo ethnic group of Nigeria that focuses on vigorous body movement and often includes acrobatics. In the Igbo language, the word itself "Atilogwu" translates into "has magic—as in sorcery/ witchcraft—been put into it?" It's spiritual and is not all that good to practice [1] The name stems from rumors that bewitchment or magic potions had to be involved if the children of the village could perform so exuberantly and energetically, while making it look so effortless. The tempo of the dance matches the tempo of the music, which is dependent on the beat of the drum and ogene, a metal gong instrument. The dance is usually performed during festivals and the festivity will also include exotic dishes created from authentic Nigerian recipes, served buffet style.[2]


  1. ^ Atilogwu Dance
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 6 January 2010. Retrieved 31 December 2009.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link) Igbo New yam festival in Helsinki