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Sharo Festival: A glimpse into Fulani marriage rites in Northern Nigeria

  • A community identified as the Kawo community is known for celebrating the fulani marriage rites.
  • The celebration which occurs two weeks after the Eid celebration is an old tradition that is still in existence.
  • The people living in the community are scared that their rich culture would soon go into extinction due to the insecurity they are facing.

Residents of Kawo, a Fulani settlement in the Nation’s federal capital, are still celebrating the  Fulani marriage rites known as Sharo festival to this day.

Kawo is a fulani dominated community in the nation’s capital.

It is quiet community without basic amenities such as road, water and hospitals and residents take delight in their festivals as young boys and girls begin preparation to celebrate Sharo, common festivity amongst the Fulani people.  

Sharo: Fulani marriage rites

This festival takes place two weeks after the eid celebration and is still thriving despite civilization.

During this festival, young men engage in combat as a Fulani marriage rite to win the heart of the young girl they desire to marry.

A glimpse into Fulani marriage rites in Northern Nigeria

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“We celebrate this festival after sallah to remind ourselves of our tradition so that it doesn’t go extinct. Every year, we do this festival. The tradition has been experiencing a decline owing to insecurity”, an onlooker said.

The festival which as acts as Fulani marriage rites entails that young men show their level of bravery to win the heart of ladies, however, the tradition is fast eroding.

“Our tradition is fast eroding. We celebrate Sharo festival after sallah, we have a rich tradition but we can’t bring to bear because of the security challenges in the country”, another said.

Traditions like this have the capacity to bring in alot of revenue for the country if properly managed. 

However, it would take more than promotion to attract tourists to the Kawo community for its festival due to its poor structures.

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