Traditional boxing and wrestling matches still hold in part of Northern Nigeria. “Dambe”, as it is fondly called, is a tradition common among Hausa butcher castes. It is usually done annually.

Photographer, August Udoh took portraits of participants in the event. “Dambe” is usually a method of preparing men for war. The preparation range from techniques and styles of warfare.

Today, companies of boxers travel, performing outdoor matches accompanied by ceremony and drumming, throughout the traditional Hausa homelands of northern Nigeria, southern Niger and southwestern Chad.

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