The Famous Anambra Mkpokiti Dance

The Mkpokiti dance is a cultural dance of Anambra state, in the Eastern part of Nigeria.


The Mkpokiti cultural dance was founded in 1959 by Chief Festus Okoli Nwankwo of Ugwuano village of Umunze in Orumba local government of Anambra state, Nigeria.

The Mkpokiti dance won a cash prize of £3,000 and a gold gong in 1970 at the national celebration of the end of the civil war. The government had summoned all states to Lagos and among the programs for the celebration was the cultural dance competition between states. The Mkpokiti dance won the first place and took home the much coveted cash prize and gold gong.

Subsequently, the Mkpokiti cultural dance won dance competitions, never taking second place. Such was the case in the 1971 dance competition in Ibadan and the 1972 to 1973 dance competition on Kaduna.

The consistency in taking the lead in every dance competition prompted the federal government to adopt Mkpokiti as a national dance. The Mkpokiti cultural dance represented the federal government in Festac 1977 competition, Lagos. The Mkpokiti cultural dance has been exhibited in various international countries, like Trinidad, Brazil, New York, England and so on, as the greatest cultural dance in Africa. The dance has been exhibited everywhere in the world, except Australia.

The famous Mkpokiti dance is the one on the Nigerian five naira note.            


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