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At the start of the rainy season, all lineages of the Wodaabe group come together to celebrate with ceremonial fijos, or dances. The gathering is called Ngaanyka, and it offers the community a chance to celebrate the arrival of the rains. One of the most unique dances during Ngaanyka is called the Gerewol, commonly referred to as the ‘male beauty contest.’  This part of the festival is comprised of a series of dances and songs performed by young men dressed in elaborate costumes and adorning face makeup. Young Wodaabe men practice and prepare for the Gerewol the entire year leading up to the rainy season, practicing their dancing and crafting their costume. Camera: Canon 1DS Mark 4, with 17-35mm lens, ISO 250, 1/80 sec at f3.2, RAW file

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