A naked (and I mean stark naked) tribe was discovered in Nigeria recently. Wow.. I know right? Yeah. This tribe, with their location on the Gerinjina mountain in Gashaka Local Government area of Taraba State pretty much live in the stone ages. They use leaves to cover some of their privates (just like the biblical Adam & Eve) and live in abject poverty and disease infested communities. They are called the Jibu people, and they are descendants of the Kwarafa Kingdom who lived for centuries in nine communities scattered around on the mountains in Gashaka. They were discovered by a journalist, Stepen Osu as he went on a discovery mission into the Koma hills in Jada Local Government area of Adamawa State. This is simply amazing if you ask me, and not in a good way. It’s one more reason to look at Africa in a backward negative light.
Historical accounts have it that the people lived together with their fellow brothers in the kingdom until about 1807 when Fulani Jihadists invaded the kingdom. They were said to have run to the mountain top where they now live and are completely cut off from other tribes, and consequently the whole world. Not even the activities of the colonial masters reached them, largely because of the difficult terrain of their new abode. The mountain top is characterised by rivers, deep gullies and huge rocks.
Interesting facts about the Jibu people:
The Jibu people perform group circumcision of young boys born within the same age bracket. It is considered a test of strength and character for the boys not to cry during the ceremony.
For a young Jibu man to get a wife, he must serve the family of his bride for five years. Nonetheless, the marriage is determined by the capacity of the woman to conceive. This is measured by a dried long firewood that is set on fire for at least three months, within which if the woman does not become pregnant, the simple communication is the gods do not want the marriage. Pregnant women work on the farms to the day of their delivery.
The Jibu people are neither Christians nor Muslims. Rather, they believe in their own gods and the ancestors. In an event of violation of their natural laws by any individual, animals are slaughtered to appease the land.
The Jibu people are ruled by the Waziri Garinjina, Tann Shidin Zunbi.
The Jibu people believe that some gods are not friendly with women. Thus, throughout the period of ritual preparations, women remain indoors to avoid being exposed to the gods who could be harmful to them.
This is a very interesting discovery to say the least. It’s amazing what is still left to be discovered in this world we live in. For more information on the discovery of the Jibu people visit the Nigerian compass article. Thoughts? Comments? I’d love to hear what you think.
Sources: Nigerian Compass