Undressed Adam and Eve Still
Alive in Taraba state. Nigeria.
This may look like a screen shot from the
popular movie ‘The gods must be crazy’ but
hey!! this is real and yeah, they literally still
live in the stone age. Poverty and diseases
ravage their land, like locusts.
A good number of them still dress in the
manner of, the Biblical Adam and Eve in the
Garden of Eden — stark Unclad — with fresh
leaves for a little covering. You are welcome
to the top of the Gerinjina mountain in
Gashaka Local Government area of Taraba
It was like a story from Mars when a casual
talk to the hearing of this reporter indicated
that there was a community up the mountain
that lived worse than those of the Koma
people who were discovered in the mid-1980s
by a group of National youth corps members
in the then Gongola State, now split into
Adamawa and Taraba states. While the Koma
community resides in Adamawa State, the
new Stone Age people are in Taraba State.
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
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 by extension
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.
Just like any other group of human beings,
the Jibu people have their ways of life. These
include collective circumcision of boys born
within the same age group, a ceremony
performed with the use sharp objects.
It is considered a test of strength and
character for their boys not to cry during the
ceremony. The circumcised are kept on
bamboo beds and covered with fresh leaves
that are gathered and burnt after the wound
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.
They have a communal life and are ruled by
the Waziri Garinjina, Tann Shidin Zunbi, who
confirmed in an interview with the Nigerian
Compass on Saturday that maternal and child
mortality rates are high among them.
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. It is also a similar story
during every cropping season. The harvests
are brought before the Waziri for sacrifice to
the gods, after which their brand of liquor is
prepared for everybody to drink in
merriment. Incidentally too, 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.
When our correspondent visited Gerinjina,
their condition of living was worse than that
of the much-talked about Koma people.
There is no access road. They drink water
with animals from the same rivers. In their
scattered settlement system, there is no
school around except for some missionaries
who have a thatched space for that purpose
but is yet to have any student. After a day’s
job on the farm, their women still have the
task of grinding raw corn with heavy stones
before food is ready for their male
Culled from newsinnigeria.
Who knows how many more settlements still exist and have not been discovered?