Gender, Mask and Communication: African Ikeji mask festivals of Aro and diaspora
Okafor, Chinyere Grace
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Okafor, Chinyere G. Gender, Mask and Communication: Ikeji Festival Theater of Aro and Diaspora: Trenton, N.J., Africa World Press 2013. 406 pages
Communicating the inscrutable -- Patriarchal origins and expansion -- Men and women in governance -- Gendering the spirits -- Festival myth and celebration -- Diaspora faces of the festival -- Omumu matriarchal center -- Transition ceremonies and female masks -- Masculinity in masking -- Display of gender -- Male representation and mysticism -- Communication and performance conventions -- Communication and total theater -- Review of gender and African identity.
Dr. Chinyere Grace Okafor, poet, playwright and fiction writer, Director of the Center for Women’s Studies and Chair of the Department of Women’s Studies and Religion. She came to Wichita State in 2013 as Associate Professor; and was promoted to Full Professor in 2009. See Dr. Okafor's Curriculum Vitae at: http://webs.wichita.edu/depttools/depttoolsmemberfiles/chinyere/Okafor_CV_2016.pdf