Superior mask and the most beautiful woman in Silakoro, Côte d’Ivoire (20+ pictures)

In previous posts and vlogs, I introduced the traditional masked Stilt Dance in Côte d’Ivoire.

Here I finally selected some pictures I took that day, hope they can present a better picture of the dance and the masks for you guys!

The dance has 4 parts: the first part being the grown up guys dancing; the second, the most beautiful women dancing; the third, the superior mask that above all the masks; the fourth is the stilt high mask.

Preparation

Chief and some important guys of the village.

Drummers and local women getting ready for men’s performance.

Grown up men dancing

Had to pour some water on the ground, otherwise it can get so dusty when they dance.

The most beautiful woman in the village

The Superior Mask

The superior mask represent stability. Côte d’Ivoire is famous for its mask making, in many tribes, they make their special mask. Here you can find all kinds of traditional masked dances theoughout CI.

The High Mask

The last one is also the most important one, symbol of the village and a very famous mask in CI: the High Mask on Stilt.

Masks can’t communicate directly with people, so they need a special “translator” with them to talk to people.

The dance is performed by the whole village, pretty awesome, everyone was so excited.

I recommended you to visit one of those traditional villages in West Africa, they are cool and authentic, wonderful experiences.

How travelling in West Africa is like (transport part)

Travelling in West Africa is quite difficult, I must admit. I’ve been to some other areas that are fairly difficult to travel (such as Central Asia) but still, nowhere was close to West Africa level.

I guess the most difficult part for me is the transport part and I’m going to write about it today.

For sure you can also rent a car if you are with more people. I used the public transport the whole time.

When I’m travelling, I do prefer local public transport to be honest, even though it’s sometimes not as comfortable, but you also get to see a bit more of local life and maybe to meet some fellow travellers on the way. But forget meeting other travellers in West Africa, especially countries like Côte d’Ivoire. There are very few people travelling there.

What makes transport difficult is:

  • They sometimes fit two into one seat. They happens in remote area for example during the border crossing.
  • No timetable. So no need to plan the exact time, just leave a full day or two free when you need to get to the next city. I’ve read the bush taxi system before departure, so it’s no surprise, better than I thought because mostly you can still get your bus/taxi the same day without have to wait for the next day.
  • The road condition is pretty bad, a lot of holes.

UTB is one of the bus companies in the country. In West Africa, big buses are already luxurious, most of the time you only find minibuses and chicken buses.

People transfer basically everthing they can bring.

Buses, no matter bigger buses or minibuses, have no timetable, and you have to ask around which platform it leaves, kinda chaotic. Inside the bus it can get full due to the luggage people bring with them. But at least you get your own seat. ^^

some nice music on the bus you can listen to

I didn’t get the chance to try this kind of chicken bus though.

Inside the minibus ^^

But for minibus if you get bad luck like me, your seat will constantly fall down especially on a bumpy road…not so much fun for a long trip and especially 3 seats already fits 4.

To be honest, I was so traumatised after that trip, and I took a picture on arrival.

Tuktuk is cool though. You find them in Debiso and border area in Ghana.

Anyways, be prepared for hard condition if you ever plan to travel independently in West Africa and good luck!

「Visa Report」 Getting visa for Ghana in Brussels

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Ghana is probably one of the mostly popular and touristy West African countries for travellers, next to Senegal and Gambia maybe. Although I haven’t checked what are the things to do there, but I heard from many people that Ghana is worth going.

In general, West Africa isn’t the most popular destination though, part of reason being the flight connections. Living in Europe makes it easy for me to fly there but I can see why many travellers from other continent or even many world travellers would exclude this part of the world from their world trip plan. Fair enough, lack of primary touristic product compared to the East African countries, poor transport conditions, plus the visa (which is an expensive pain) etc. So many reason to hold you back from visiting it.

Then why do I still want to go? After a few years of “checklist” kind of travelling in many countries, I finally get tired of it. So many landmarks, so many things to do, but what’s the meaning behind it? Taking some picture and Instagram/Steemit them, look how many places I’ve been, how amazing I am?

I just get tired of it. haha.

Don’t think I’ll make much plan for things to do in Cote d’ivoire and Ghana, just see where the bush taxi takes me.

OK, back to my topic, getting visa for Ghana in Brussels.

I know most people get visa while travelling in WAfrica, but since I have a lot of free time, I did it in Brussels to save some time, I only have 3 weeks, it’s like nothing really in WAfrica. But for sure I’ll re-visit it again, maybe during the Voodoo festival in Benin. Variation is always the inspiration, right?

Documents needed:

  • Visa Application Form that can be downloaded here
    while completing the form, you also submit automatically at the last step, have to show up in the embassy within 15 days

  • 1 passport photo

  • Copy residence/ID card

  • Hotel reservation
    although not informed on the website, the woman is friendly though, can mail her afterwards.

    No bank statement needed
    although well informed on the website lol 

Ghana Embassy address in Brussels: Generaal Wahislaan 7, 1030 Schaarbeek !steemitworldmap 50.859041 lat 4.395087 long d3scr

Visa fee: Single Entry Visa €70; Multiple Entry Visa (3 months) €160; Multiple Entry Visa (6 months)€210

Visa issued in one week

For Cote d’voire Visa Report in Brussels, click here.

Everything is ready, now looking forward for a wonderful trip in Wafrica, still more than a month to go though.