1st April, 2018
By Yunusa Abdullahi
The Nzanyi ethnic group is predominantly found in Maiha Local Government Area and some parts of Mubi South, Mubi North Local government areas of Adamawa state as well as parts of Republic of Cameroon.
Majority of the Nzanyi people are agrarian farmers with few others engaging in Animal Husbandry and commercial business.
Culture of any Ethnic group is a reflection of its complete way of life .Nzanyi people like many other ethnic group in Adamawa state has very rich cultural and Traditional practices ,though these practices are being diffused due to modernization and Globalization.
Of note ,the Traditional practice of Nzanyi people includes,Birth and Naming ceremonies, Traditional Marriages, Traditional Architecture, Arts and Crafts, Burial ceremony, Music and Dances as well as Circumcision.
Nzanyi people have various Traditional Music and Dances which includes, Shalla, Garaya, Buwiiu,etc.
The Musical instruments are used for traditional dances. Shalla is mainly played during Turban ingredients and Burial ceremony, of a Traditional Rulers as well as for entertainment of visiting dignitaries, however, due to diffussion of modernization in most Cultures , it is now being played ( To Entertain )all and sundary.
It is equally used to entertain Guests during occasions like Marriage, especially the marriage of a Daughter of Traditional Rulers .
NGOME,is played for entertainment when an Elderly person dies ,NGOME and NGOMEHORI are played together ..
Ngomehori is also played for pleasure especially by young men during Dry season. Dances are done in the centre of the Village ..
It is also performed at the spot of the event like Turbaning ceremony of a Traditional Ruler or Marriages .
The Burial of the Death amongs the Nzanyi's varies, the Traditional Rulers are Buried separately from the rest of the people, for the Royals ,after the Burial a very big and strong pot is placed on the grave of the Ruler as a sign,like many other Tribes in Adamawa state ,The Nzanyi people initiate their Men into Manhood through Circumcision, Young boys from Thirteen to Eighteen years of age together are circumcised during the Dry Season which forms the Dry season before the Hamattan period .
Preparatory to the event, the parents meets to decide on an appropriate date and the circumcised are camped together for according to age grouping in the society.
Historically, Nzanyi people have been known for maintaining their cultural heritage and traditions.
Nzanyi Ethnic group have produces high important personalities such as Former Executive Governor of the Defunct Gongola state , Ambassador Wilberforce Bafte Juta, Senator Muhammed Umar Jibrilla, the present Executive Governor of Adamawa state, Business Gurus ,Academicians, Technocrats, Doctors, Engineers ,Diplomats, Journalists Politicians, as well as Reknowned Scholars who have contributed immensely to the development of the area , Adamawa state, Nigeria and African content as a whole.