African Coma tribe where twin babies are buried alongside with their mother

Nigeria as a giant of Africa has different tribe 

with various ways of living from the south to 

west and north to east,but the most popular 

tribes in Nigeria are the Hausa,Yoruba,Igbo and 


The hausa/fulani are found in the northern 

Nigeria while yoruba in the west and igbo in the 

southern Nigeria.

In the Northern Nigeria there are lot of tribes 

which many people dont know of their existence

in Nigeria.

Koma tribe is among these tribes this 

triarefound between Nigeria and


independence in the 1960 koma a then count 

among Nigerian tribe.

The Koma tribe of Cameroon and Nigeria that 

buried twins and their mothers alive as custom

When the Koma people were recognised as 

Nigerians in 1961, along with the old provinces 

of northern Cameroon, many were said to have 

been hiding in their mountainous habitat for a 

very long period of time.

koma is a relatively primitive hill-dwelling ethnic 

group in northern Adamawa, in the Atlantika 

Mountains, which shares a border with 

southern Cameroun. Hill-dwellers are spread 

through the south and southwest of these 

mountains, including many on the Cameroun 

side. There are 21 Koma villages in the 

Cameroonian side of the Alantika Mountains 

and 17 villages on the Nigeriam side.

√íThe largest towns in the Koma area are: 

Tantille, Chonha, Mani, Nassaraw Koma and Ba-


The Koma people became recognized 

as Nigerians in 1961, a year after independence, 

along with the old provinces of Cameroun. 

Today Koma is part of the seven districts of jada

local government in Adamawa State.

The hill was discovered in 1986 by a corps 


The Koma have their own language, known as 

koma, with an estimated 61,000 speakers. It is a

member of the Niger-congo family.

The Koma people are divided into three main 

groups: the hill-dwelling Beya and Ndamti, and 

the Vomni and Verre lowlanders.

They are committed to their traditional culture. 

The men wear loincloths and women wear fres

leaves. Koma men are much more receptive to 

wearing of contemporary clothes than the 

women. Customarily inheritance in Koma is in 

the 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.

Koma medicine men engage in extended farting

sessions on the occasion of public dancing 

ceremonies. They train with a master and are 

capable of farting for hours on end. When the 

anus area becomes irritated from prolonged 

flatulence, it is soothed with a healing powder. 

The tradition is thought to originate in mockery 

of puritanical Muslims, who used to enslave 

Komas and drove them to move their habitat 

into the hilly areas they now occupy. The 

tradition was famously documented in a 

documentary by Alain Baptizet.

Koma people practice the three major religions 

in Nigeria; 60% of them are christians, 30% 

traditionalists and 20% muslims.

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