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Child by the road

Child by the road

Leaving Kontagora in the early morning, we drove towards a Kambari / Kamberi settlement near Genu. The road quality became progressively and we finally abandoned our vehicle at Genu and walked the rest of the way to our destination.

We camped for a night with the Kambari: in the afternoon of our arrival we twice walked the surrounding area, meeting
its inhabitants and leanring of their culture. The following morning we had a third opporuntity to explore and observe before starying our walk back to Genu and the vehicle.

The Kambari are an ethnic group that are much smaller than Nigeria's well known Hausa, Yoruba and Igbo/Ibo. Their belief system is usually referred to as animist (the region around Kontagora in northwestern Nigeria predominantly follows Islam) and many live in villages and settlements some distance from the main roads. Many of the women maintain their traditional style - jewelry, tattoos, brightly coloured textiles (and unlike their neighbouring cultures, they frequently do not cover their upper bodies when in their villages) - a trait that was less apparent among the men. They live off agriculture and sell their produce also to neighbouring towns and villages. The most popular crops produced are corn, millet, peanuts, beans, and rice. Nearly all of the locals keep chickens and goats for meat while the richer ones have cattle.

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Photo taken on 19 November 2018 (© 10b travelling / Carsten ten Brink / Flickr)

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