Doemak Youths in the Plateau applauded for revitalizing cultural celebrations
A member representing the Federal House of Representatives in Qua’an Pan, Shendam and Mikang Federal Constituency, Hon. Johnbull Shekarau, has expressed happiness in the dreams and vision of the Doemak Youth Development Association(DYDA) for championing the cause of peace and development through the revitalization of their reach cultural day’s celebrations within his constituency.
The Lawmaker admonished them to keep the tempo high. Represented by his Qua’an Pan Liaison Officer, Joshua Dabak, Hon Shekarau disclosed this in Doemak town during the cultural festival of the Doemak people of Pan Chiefdom in Qua’an Pan Local Government Area of Plateau State, and pledged his readiness towards youth empowerment and unity of purpose in his constituency.
He challenged youths to rise up to their responsibilities in the country in general, just as the DYDA’s youths had proven to be.
The Guest Speaker, Mr Innocent Dajan, presenting a paper titled: “Youth Empowerment, a Panacea for Lasting Peace and Sustainable Development,” cautioned the youths not to jeorpardise their future in the hands of desperate politicians for chip political gains, but work towards attaining their desired destinies in life.
He appealed to government at all levels to undertake youths’ empowerment with all commitments to guarantee the sustainability of peace and stability in the country.
The 26 December of every year has been set aside by the people to observe the reach cultural heritage in the State.
Conscience Triumph gathered that, the tradition of the people requires the Long-Doemak, HRH Cosmos Ndelong Dakyap, to perform the traditional rite by lifting up a calabash of local beer called, muos, and then pray for peace and development in his Kingdom, more births, growth of his people in all their working places and, above all, pray against untimely deaths of his people and the country at large.
Furthermore, he pours some of the brewed beer on the ground, sips some and passes it round to his Council Chiefs and, subsequently, to the gathering of persons at his palace, which marks the official opening ceremony.
The Cultural Day usually served as a thanksgiving to “Na’an” (God), and their ancestors, for coming so long in the year and looking forward to another year and season in the lifetime of the people. The Pan-speaking natives are the Doemak, Nbwall, Kwagalak, and Merrniang dialects, respectively, on the Plateau.
The Doemak speaking dialect of the Pan ethnic nationality, who remained the largest of all in the Chiefdom in Qua’an Pan Local Government Area of the State celebrated their cultural day on the 26 December, 2015 the second of its kind for the past 18 years it had been abandoned.
This year’s “Bit Jepsual” (Youths Day) was with a difference as the newly installed District head of Doemak, HRH Cosmos Ndelong Dakyap, was in person at the Town Square venue of the cultural celebration since he was given his Official Certificate of Recognition by the Executive Governor of Plateau State, Barr Simon Lalong.
The Monarch charged his people to be mindful of where they came from and their reach cultural heritage in the country, knowing full well that their culture and identity speak who they are. He expressed confidence in his youths, while calling on Traditional Rulers in the country to support peace and developmental initiatives in their domains, which is key to having a peaceful nation.
Conscience Triumph also gathered that the Doemak people are the descendants of Dafyar who migrated from Garam, an area in the then Pankshin, presently Kangke Local Government Area of Plateau State, who is said to have had 14 sons with male twins called Dajan and Dajin whom are the co-founders of the Doemak-speaking dialect and their home lands in the State.
Our reporter gathered that in preparation to their Cultural Day, women are usually asked to prepare some local beer for libation, while youths goe for firewood in the bush; young ladies prepare the traditional delicacies under the guidance of the aged women – thereby passing the knowledge to another generation.
The traditional wrestling take the centre stage as people converge at the square, young and old alike, to witness the cultural display followed by cultural dances ranging from “gya mau,” “gya gaa,” “gya ga’alaa,” “gya fe’er,” “gya koem,” and “gya naboeroek,” among others.
The display of traditional delicacies such as, “lua ko’o,” “goe leem,” “oeksua,” “nawe’e,” “duang,” “kom,” “shagar,” “oekgoes-gang,” “lua ass,” among others, were eye-caches, making the mouth salivating.
The event was organised by the national body of the Doemak Youth Development Association (DYDA) under the leadership of Mr. Titus Datoes. It brings sons and daughters of the Chiefdom home, especially those in Diaspora, to see the day as an avenue to meet with old friends and new faces as well integrate with other tongues who also grace the ceremony.
The youths come together regardless of political ideologies to sustain their cultural heritage in the Chiefdom.
According to the National President of Doemak Youth Development Association (DYDA), Mr Datoes, the sustainability of the cultural day is the growth of the seed being sown in 2014, stressing that, “we have a long way now to go, and we are committed to champion issues that would bring growth and development to us as a people, as well promote unity among youths and the elderly within the Chiefdom and other Chiefdoms in the State and the country at large.
“Furthermore, we appreciate our parents whom have paid their dues in nation building; we are indeed ready to take the mantle of leadership and to chart a map towards the oneness of purpose in creating political reference of the Pan Chiefdom,” adding that, “Doemak youth have sown the seed of unity, and this seed must be natured and guided jealously as that will catapult us to a greater heights in the country.”