Paje (the witch killer) is one of the most prominent masquerades during festivals in Badagry; it rightfully gained prominence for haven been around since the slave trade era and also for the role it played in bringing stability to Badagry during the time when the life of children in Badagery were at the mercy of witches


The Baale of Yoyoweh, Chief Ajibola Abbas one of the grandchildren of Seriki Williams Abbas a slave turned slave trader who ran a slave prison called Brazilian Baracoon during the slavery period, narrates that the masquerade was brought to Badagry from Offa by his grandfather after 144 of his children died mysteriously, (it should be noted that Seriki Abbas had 128 wives)


After he consulted an oracle, he was instructed to adopt the Paje masquerade from Offa (in today’s Kwara state) which he did and was said to have brought an end to the mysterious death of children.


Ever since then, the masquerade has continue to be a significant figure in Badagry during festivals and special occasions.


This body of work shot in June 2019 exemplify one of such occasion where the masquerade makes its rare public appearance as the descendants’ of Seriki Abbas celebrate the of 100 years since the demise of Seriki Williams Abbas a prominent figure in Badary.

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Badagry, Lagos, Nigeria, Masquerade, African Masquerade  Documentary, Photographer, Paje
Badagry, Lagos, Nigeria, Masquerade, African Masquerade  Documentary, Photographer, Paje
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