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The Konkombas in Odumesua of the Afram Plains in the Eastern region of Ghana has set some houses of the Fulani’s on fire. This is because one Konkomba man who went to his farm but didn’t return back home but was later found dead but the Konkomba’s suspected the Fulani’s for the crime.
According to our reporter the Konkomba man had a gun which the Fulani’s took without his concern. He insisted they return his gun back to him which brought about exchange of words between the fulani’s and the deceased man who was shot.
This act was to avenge the murder of a Konkomba man who was gunned down in a very horrible and graphic manner, the deceased had cuts on his face through his eyes and his head butchered.
Our reporter said four people have been murdered, one Konkomba man and three Fulani’s.
The Police haven’t made any arrest yet but investigation is ongoing and their presence in the vicinity has brought some peace and calm in the Odumesua community.
“All the Fulani men have absconded into their hideouts, so the police have taken all the female Fulani’s in the community to Northen part of Afram Plains – Donkorom for safety and also to aid in their investigation”. Our reporter added.
While some of the policemen are on mission to arrest them, the District Security Commitee – DISEC of which the District Chief Executive – DCE is the chairman, have called the Chiefs of both tribes at a meeting to find a way to resolve the riot in other to set peace within the district .
Fulani’s Houses Set On Fire.
About the Fulani’s
Many centuries ago, the vast number of Fulani tribes migrated from northern Africa and the Middle East into Central and West Africa. Today, most of them are semi-nomadic shepherds who travel with their flocks, always searching for better grazing land. The Sahara Desert forms their northernmost boundary, while the tsetse flies limit their movement to the south. Over the years, some of them have moved from being exclusively shepherds, to being scholarly, influential leaders in their communities.
The Fulani tribes are grouped and named according to their locations, occupations, and dialects. The Liptako Fula are a branch of Fulani living in the Macina district of central Mali and northern Burkina Faso. They have lighter skin, thinner lips, and straighter hair than other African groups that live near them. This suggests that they are of Caucasian origin. They speak Masina, a Niger-Congo language.
What Are Their Lives Like?
The hot, tropical climate of the Macina district provides wet and dry seasons, and these seasons dictate the lifestyle of the Liptako. They are a semi-nomadic people, mixing farming with shepherding. During the dry season, which lasts about four months, the young men usually move the herds of cattle, sheep or goats to the flood plains in search of better grazing land. They camp in portable shelters made of poles or branches covered with straw, leaves, or mats.
While the young men are migrating with the herds, their wives, and the younger children stay at the homestead with the family elders, tending to the gardens. They raise a variety of vegetables, but their staple crops are rice and millet. A few animals such as horses, donkeys, chickens, and dogs also live on the farms.
In the wet season, the herds and the families remain in the villages. Villages are made up of extended families who form a compound. Their homes are made of flexible poles and a center post supporting a thatched roof. Around every compound is a thorn fence. Each of the Liptako bands, whether nomadic or settled, is governed by an elder. The elder answers to a village chief who lives in the center plaza of the village.
The herds are a very important asset to the Liptako. Milk from the cattle and goats provides the main portion of their diet. Butter is made and also sold at the markets. Meat is only eaten at important festivals or ceremonies. The Liptako raise both long-horned and short-horned cattle. Two types of sheep are also bred: one with hair and one with wool. The wool sheep are important for trade, and indicate the economic status of their owners.
Values such as valor, bravery, and strength are important to the Fulani. This is shown in one interesting Liptako custom known as sharo. This custom tests a young man’s adulthood. If two young men desire to marry the same woman, they must beat each other with canes until the less persistent suitor is eliminated.
Fulani’s Houses Set On Fire.