Kaakaamotobi; Not Halloween

Photo by Nipah Dennis | ©2019

As parts of the world celebrate Halloween today, I like to share some photos from the Fancy Dress Festival, also known as Kaakaamotobi in Takoradi, Ghana.

Photos by Nipah Dennis | ©2019

While the festival has no connection to the history of Halloween, the idea of scary costumes for masquerade is a common activity.

Photos by Nipah Dennis | ©2019

The event starts off by participants dressing up and gathering at a location before setting of to the streets.

Photos by Nipah Dennis | ©2019

They Parading streets in the community, asking for treats. The “treat” is usually some form of gift, although money preferred.

Photos by Nipah Dennis | ©2019

These photos are from the 2019 celebrations. It was my first time witnessing the colourful festival that features brass band music and custom dance.

Photos by Nipah Dennis | ©2019

Shout out to my fixer, best friend, Dinoh, who also came to my rescue with transport after the event.

Photo by Nipah Dennis | ©2019