Traditional Beliefs and Practices in Masquerading: Effutu Context


  • Victor Kweku Bondzie Micah Department of Sculpture Technology, Takoradi Technical University, Takoradi, Ghana.
  • Evans Kwadwo Donkor Department of Sculpture Technology, Takoradi Technical University, Takoradi, Ghana.
  • Owusu-Ansah Ankrah Department of Sculpture Technology, Takoradi Technical University, Takoradi, Ghana.



Effutu, Functionalism, Masquerades, Traditional beliefs and practices, Visual culture


The study elevates the masquerading culture of Effutu masquerade and examines its functionalism of the traditional beliefs and practices associated with the masquerading culture in Winneba, Central Region of Ghana. The study employed a descriptive research tool under the qualitative research approach through ethnographic inquiry, which aimed at collecting data to unearth these traditional beliefs and practices of the Effutu masquerade. The study used unstructured interviews, photographs, and direct observation as the form of instrumentations to elicit information from the federation, some members, and leaders of the various masquerade groups in Winneba. The data was analyzed using descriptive and interpretative phenomenological (IPA) analysis tools. It was revealed that the Effutu masquerade culture possessed traditional beliefs and practices that were shrouded in religious, socioeconomic and aesthetic contexts. Functionalism in Effutu masquerade culture was seen as a repository for a critical reflection of the visual culture that promotes Ghana’s tradition and cultural values. The study concludes that the Effutu masquerade, irrespective of its distrust, contains elements of cultural richness and important traditional values that demonstrate a degree of philosophical urgency.


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Author Biographies

Victor Kweku Bondzie Micah, Department of Sculpture Technology, Takoradi Technical University, Takoradi, Ghana.

Victor Kweku Bondzie Micah is an Associate Professor and the Pro Vice Chancellor at Takoradi Technical University. He holds PhD in Arts & Culture from University of Education, Winneba and MFA (Fine Art), BFA (Fine Art) from Kwame Nkrumah University of Science & Technology, Kumasi. Micah is a practising sculptor with fifteen years of hands-on experience in the teaching of basic art courses at the tertiary level. He has published books, research publications and had participated in several art exhibitions in Ghana.

Evans Kwadwo Donkor, Department of Sculpture Technology, Takoradi Technical University, Takoradi, Ghana.

Evans Kwadwo Donkor is a Senior Lecturer at the Sculpture Technology Department, Takoradi Technical University. He is currently the Deputy Director of the Directorate of Research, Innovation and Development (DRID), Takoradi Technical University (2021- ). He is best known for his composite sculptures made from scrap metals and discarded automobile parts and other industrial detritus. Donkor awaits his PhD in Arts & Culture at University of Education, Winneba. As an artist, he strongly believes in bringing every material to life, reshaping and attaching the various components, giving old and new materials a new purpose as well as a bit of soul.

Owusu-Ansah Ankrah, Department of Sculpture Technology, Takoradi Technical University, Takoradi, Ghana.

Owusu-Ansah Ankrah is a Senior lecturer at the Department of Sculpture Technology, and currently the Vice Dean of Faculty of Applied Arts & Technology, Takoradi Technical University (2021-). Ankrah gives meaning and lives to used, scattered and unwanted aluminium materials (Scraps) through his sculptures by casting. He holds PhD in Arts & Culture from the University of Education, Winneba-Ghana. He works from the known to the unknown and this has been his philosophy for the years.


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How to Cite

Micah, V. K. B. ., Donkor, E. K. ., & Ankrah, O.-A. . (2022). Traditional Beliefs and Practices in Masquerading: Effutu Context . International Journal of Cultural and Art Studies, 6(1), 1-20.