For posterity sake, we (the original inhabitants of Kurudu – the Gwandara speaking people) wish to avail the history and background of the original inhabitants and as well as the founder of KURUDU community in brief as they marked December, 3rd 2020 as their cultural day.
The people of Kurudu as the title implies, are of Gwandara ethnic extraction who migrated from Kano along with other Gwandara nationalities in the year 1365. The founder and leader of Kurudu at that time was MALLAM BIJIMI who was also the elder brother of the same parenthood with the founder (MALLAM DAN-BABA) of present day Karshi in the Federal Capital Territory both of whom were Royal PRINCE from Kano’s MAGUZAWA descends.
It may interest you (readers) to know that as at the time MALLAM BIJIMI settled at Kurudu, there were no any community/ethnic group in the whole of the area, meaning we – the Gwandara were the first settlers. Kurudu village derived its’ name from the fact that the founder (MALLAM BIJIMI) who was a hunter usually used a musical instrument called in “Hausa Maguzawa” as “KURUNDU”, which he often used in attracting the animals. Later, the people visiting MALLAM BIJIMI usually said, we are going to visit the KURUNDU musical player and subsequently it was adopted as KURUDU by the people.
Similarly, at that time MALLAM BIJIMI use the custodian of the then KURUDU forest which was used for hunting. Other ethnic groups later came to settle with them, who equally hunt along with them in the forest. At the end of the day’s hunting they usual offer the lap of any animal they kill to the custodian of the forest (BIJIMI & his people) as sacrifice.
As they marked 3rd December, 2020 as their cultural day, we wish to understand that: Celebrations, rituals, and festivities are important aspects of Gwandara culture. Hence culture is an umbrella term which encompasses the social behavior and norms found in human societies, as were all showcase on this day.
A cultural norm codifies acceptable conduct in society; it serves as a guideline for behavior, dress, language, and demeanor in a situation, which serves as a template for expectations in a social group. Accepting only a monoculture in a social group can bear risks, just as a single species can wither in the face of environmental change, for lack of functional responses to the change. Thus in military culture, valor is counted a typical behavior for an individual and duty, honor, and loyalty to the social group are counted as virtues or functional responses in the continuum of conflict. On this day been December 3rd, 2020 was indeed awesome for the indigenous people of Kurudu as well other non indigenes.
As written and posted by: Musa Muhammed-Mustapha.