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Adamawa State: It is 21st Century, Koma Ethnic Group Stick to Ancient Practices, Rejecting Civilization
Category :- Culture & Society Author :- N Gelmin S 
Posted on October 15, 2020, 12:00 am
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In the Atlantika Mountains of Adamawa state lays the Koma ethnic group made up of people who have entirely chosen to stay committed to their traditional and cultural way of life irrespective of the advent of modernism.

Koma Ethnic Group Steak to Ancient Practices, Rejecting Civilization

Described as “ancient” by many, the Koma people, who share boundary with the Northern Region of Cameroon still live in the dark ages and have bluntly rejected modernism or better still, civilization.

According to 9jainsider, “Scores of Nigerians, after the discovery, described the Koma people as primitive and pagan and even named the mountain on which they live as Alantika which in Kanuri language means ‘Allah hasn’t yet arrived.’”

For reasons too obvious to ignore, some have attribute their way of life to primitivism or being uncultured. However, this group of people has just decided to remain uniquely attached to their cultural values and beliefs.

Some of the attributes given to the Koma people are related to their beliefs that are considered archaic compared to the present day life style. They still dress in leaves and fibre.

This tribe however, believes in the existence of a Supreme Being that is not the God preached by most people today but the Zum or Nu, otherwise meaning the sun.

It is 21st Century, Koma Ethnic Group Steak to Ancient Practices, Rejecting Civilization

This same name is known to be used by their neighboring village, the Chamba either referring to the sun, and for Almighty God.

The Komas are divided into three major groups: the hill-dwelling Beya and Ndamti, and the Vomni and Verre lowlanders.

In this 21st century, it is shocking to know that among the Komas, a twin birth is regarded as evil, and they consider twins abominable to the extent that twins used to be buried alive with their mother.

However, it is said this act of twins killing is no longer practiced among Komas who dwell on the plains but still featuring in some settlements on the hills.

Aside from twin killing, the Komas have other rituals that are seen by modern man as inhuman. According to the documented history of these people, between the ages of 10 and l4, children undergo puberty rituals which involve circumcision for boys and extraction of front teeth for girls. This is done to prepare the children for marriage and to show a sign of maturity.

It is 21st Century, Koma Ethnic Group Steak to Ancient Practices, Rejecting Civilization

While the occupation of the Koma people is mainly farming, hunting, and gathering, women’s farms are separated from those of the men.

Though women often have their own farms separate from the men, both sexes sometimes help each other on their respective farms in cultivation, weeding, and gathering of the crops.

Geographically, the Atlantika Mountains are an extension of the Cameroon line of volcanic mountains, spanning the border between Nigeria and Cameroon. They lie to the Southeast of Yola, the capital of Adamawa State in Nigeria, and Southwest of the Mandara Mountains.

It is 21st Century, Koma Ethnic Group Steak to Ancient Practices, Rejecting Civilization

In Cameroon, they are part of the North Region, North of the Adamawa Plateau and west of the Faro National Park in Cameroon.

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Tagged Keywords: cultural values, koma, tribe, primitivism
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