While we've been going about our daily businesses, worrying our pretty heads about what to wear and how to party, little did we know that somewhere within this very country lies a community, hidden within the mountains, oblivious of the world around them.
Welcome to the land of the Jibu people, found within the Gerinjina mountains of Taraba State. here you'll find a group of people who's living conditions are far worse than that of the Koma of Adamawa State earlier discovered in the 80s.
The Jibu people are descendants of the Kwarafa Kingdom who lived for centuries in nine communities scattered around the mountains of Gashaka.
Historical accounts have it that they lived within close vicinity to others until Fulani Jihadists invaded their kingdom in 1807 and they had to 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.
Likeany group, the Jibu people have a distinct culture which includes collective circumcision of boys born within the same age group, boys are not allowed cry during the ceremony as a show of strength and character .
Just like we read in the bible, for a young Jibu man to get a wife, he must serve the bride's family for five years, but 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 that the gods do not support 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 ancestors.