|The Koma People Of Adamawa State|
ORIGIN AND LOCATION:
Koma people are indigenous hill-dwelling people occupying the Alantika Mountains in northern Adamawa State in Nigeria and in Northern Cameroon at southwestern side (Faro National Park ) of the border with at Adamawa State.
The Koma people became recognized as Nigerians in 1961, a year after independence, along with the old provinces of northern Cameroun. Today Koma is part of the seven districts of Ganye local government in Adamawa State.
The Koma have their own language, known as Koma, with an estimated 61,000 speakers. It is a member of the Niger–Congo language group. The Koma people are divided into three main groups: the hill-dwelling Beya and Ndamti, and the Vomni lowlanders.Their hill was discovered in 1986 by a corps member.
They are committed to their traditional culture. The men wear loincloths by men and women wear fresh leaves. Koma men are much more receptive to wearing of contemporary clothes than the women. Customarily children in Koma inherit their maternal lineage. As a mark of acceptance and friendship, a Koma man may share his wife with friends, especially visitors. They have an average population of about 400 people per village, and many engage in rearing of animals.
The late Colonel Yohanna Madaki visited the mountains in 1989, at the insistence of the first set of corps members posted to the lowlands.
Among the Komas, a twin birth is regarded as evil, and twins are considered abominable so much so that until recently babies of multiple births used to be buried alive with the women who had the ‘misfortune’ of being their mothers. This obnoxious practice of twins killing is out of vogue among Komas who dwell on the plains, but in the out-of-the-way settlements on the hills, the ancient practice still thrives untainted.
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