Giri people of Nigeria

Giri people of Nigeria

 

The History and Culture of the people of Giri




Giri settlement is a warm and welcoming rural area of Gwagwalada Area Council of Abuja, FCT. 

The Area is predominantly populated by the 'Gbaggi and Bassa' ethnic groups. But, the 'Bassa ethnic group is the indigenous Inhabitants of Giri with interesting and diverse social cultural activities annually. 

In the early 1980s, the history and the origin of the name, 'Giri' is traceable to one of their annual festivals which involves fishery and hunting. The name, 'Giri' was given by a Tourist from Europe; on his arrival to Giri, he was impressed and overwhelmed by how the 'Bassa people were talented and creative in crafts; manufacturing farm tools and equipment. One of their farm tools was known as, 'gere' in Bassa language. Gere is the present day tool known as, 'Hook and Line' used in fishery, but creatively caved in different style. 

The accent of the Tourist in attempt to pronounce 'gere', he pronounced, 'giri' and immediately suggested that Giri should be the name of the area. That was how the name 'Giri' came to be and since then till now. 

Giri is populated with over 7,000 residents approximately with recent infrastructural development within the last two years. 

In Giri extension or new settlement as the term implies, another interesting name was given as, 'Akpasere Giri'. Bassa people were passionately involved in fishery and one of their fishery produce was known as, 'Akpasere' which is crayfish. 

The Bassa people have interesting and diverse social cultural activities organized annually known as, 'Gulus'. This event is usually well organised based on zoning to other part of the Bassa nation outside Giri. 

The 'Gulus'. Festival is always organised with different level of competition as sons of the soil showcase their talents with magical powers. In one of the notable events, there was this magical competition of turning sand into detergent, turning water into a life catfish, cultivating maize both the planting, the germinating and the harvesting periods all done within 15 minutes. 

The Bassa people are blessed with opportunities and competency in traditional leadership. In the past, the Bassa people were religiously inclined, believed less and involved less in politics. But, in recent times, the Bassa sons and daughters whom I refers to as, 'The Young Intellectuals' are making waves in politics as the extent their proven ability and competency in traditional leadership into political leadership.

The culture and traditional marriage settings of the Bassa people is affordable and interesting as getting marry from among the Bassa sons and daughters is the dream and wish of every Bassa youngster.

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