Mission: Nigeria 2011
Stone-age cultural practices on Koma Hills
“Koma is not one of Nigeria's stories with fairly-tale flavor,” the Nigerian newspaper The Spectator reported in July 2010. “When Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) broke the news about the startling discovery in the then-Gongola State (Northern Nigeria) of a horde of primitive people whose women used leaves to cover their private parts while men wore animal skins and children romped about the countryside butt-naked — stone-age cultural practices — the whole country was shocked to the marrow. Later, they were identified as Koma people of the Atlantika Mountains in Jada Local Government Area of the present day Adamawa State. They occupied a remote hilly terrain lying along the Nigeria-Cameroon border. The year of the discovery was 1986.
The desolate Koma Hills, above. Homes, below.
“(One-quarter century) after this jaw-dropping story first hit the limelight, the people of Koma are still floundering in their 'Dark Age.' The cold fact is that the Koma people are yet to be weaned of some of the primitive ways. There still exists a defiant few among this mountain-dwelling tribe who strut around naked or near-naked in broad daylight. Others even go to farm or come to their markets in their state of semi-nudity.
“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.”
It is to these people that the ministry of Climbing For Christ has been called. A mission team is forming for November-December 2011. Details are below.
The Koma Hills are located in the Atlantika Mountains between Yola and Nigerian highpoint Chappal Waddi, along the border of Cameroon.
Date: Nov. 30-Dec. 13, 2011
Purpose: To deliver the Gospel to Koma people living unreached in the Atlantika Mountains and to explore the need for Climbing For Christ ministry in this part of the country. The Climbing For Christ team also will be teaching at conferences and celebrating the anniversary of the C4C-supported church that is pastored by Chris Joseph.
Cost: Estimated at less than US$1,000 plus airfare to/from Nigeria.
More information: CLICK HERE to read Nigerian C4C member Pastor Chris Joseph’s April 2011 survey trip to the Koma Hills area. To inquire about or to apply for this mission, e-mail info@ClimbingForChrist.org.
Posted May 4, 2011