Category:Mukudj masks

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The Okuyi (plural: Mekuyo, also known as Ukuyi, Ocuya, Mokoi, Mukudj, Ikwara, Okukwe, Mamarracho and Mbwanda) is a rite of passage practised by several Bantu ethnic groups in different countries across the west coast of Central Africa. Some of the countries where the rite is exercised include Cameroon, Gabon and Equatorial Guinea. The history of the Mekuyo can be traced back to Gabon. The dance is believed to have originated from the rites of passages initiated by Western and Southern ethnic groups like the Mpongwe and from the Galwa region.