MASQUERADE FESTIVAL IN ADAZI-NNUKWU: THE ARENA AND ARCHITECTURE

Bons N Obiadi, E I Kikanme

Abstract


Culture and architecture have for centuries, influenced the life of communities. This is
possible through the urban actors and the urban actors adopt urban design models and
elements to achieve that goal in city planning, development and transformation. The three
important urban elements employed by urban actors in constructing cities are enclaves, the
armature and the heterotopia. The three elements involve changes in the architecture of the
environment. Architecture evolves in and with time. The evolution implies that architecture
changes over time and can be traceable to works produced by previous generations of
architects. Through generational changes in architecture and the culture of the people, come
generational innovations and integrations. Communities are spatially integrating their open
spaces and market square into public attractions and especially, gathering places for
festivals especially, masquerade festival as is the case in Adazi-Nnukwu, Anocha local
government area, Anambra State, Nigeria. Every citizen of Adazi-Nnukwu has long
association with the Afor market square, the masquerade festival arena and the image of the
square is soaked in memories of the people, the architecture, activities, physical and
psychological impressions notwithstanding. Through the generational changes in
architecture, the people of Adazi-Nnukwu turned an abandoned market square into
masquerade festival arena, creating tourism, human capital development and employment
for their people.


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