Circumcision Feast of Gezawa People


This is an age long ceremony by the Gezawa people. It is a rite of passage from adolescence to adulthood performed by young boys aged between 12 and 13 years.

Activities marking the ceremony commence in the month of March every year, while the climax of the event is rounded off in May with a colourful performance by masquerades and sonorous singing by natives of the village.

Those circumcised are differentiated by the leather skin, wrapped around their waist. This ceremony is performed once every four years with a fresh set of boys who have attained the rightful age of manhood.

Music and Dances

Bauchi is also rich in cultural dances which stem from its diverse cultural composition and historical antecedents. Among this cultural dances are;
(a) The state dance troupe which represents the richness and variety of ethnic traditions in the state.

(b) Kyaro war dance of the Warji ethnic group.

(c) Afizere dance, a traditional dance of the Jarawa people of the Toro LGA.

(d) The Takai dance (popular among the Hausa-Fulanis)

(e) The Ngat-al-Bajar dance (popular among the people of the Dass LGA).

(f) The Lawurba dance (peculiar to the Sayawa people of the Tafawa Balewa and Bogoro LGAs)

(g) Gere masquerade dance.

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