Drum and Wooden Gong as Communication Tools in Lokạạ, Ugep, Yakurr Local Government Area of Cross River State
Iwara Ofem Ubi, Okoi Arikpo Memorial Secondary School, Ugep -Yakurr Local Government Area, Cross River State, Nigeria.
Lokạạ communication through the drum and wooden gong is one of the ways by which the Yakạạ people communicate their ideas and information to members of the society. This communication process is expressed by drummers especially the Chief drummer, ‘Ọtumisẹ’ who by virtue of his position lacks no words in public gatherings of the town like Mkpẹlẹngkpẹ, Ekoi, Kọtaa and Kepu among others where he displays his dexterity. Lokạạ drumming usually expresses triumph and travails and it is a reservation for elders and youths with keen interest in Lokạạ dialect to decipher the symbolic meaning of the drumming. This paper therefore explores into the indigenous communication of the Yakạạ people which is a symbol of unity especially the Lebạku drumming which often receives great attendance from the neighbouring communities and the world at large.
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