Down in a cradle, it all began, in a place where we identify as home. None on this earth comes from nowhere, even the George in the jungle. We were all born to a family from a group of people that has a way of living. As the South African novelist Peter Abraham puts it, “you can’t walk alone. Many have given the illusion but none have really walked alone. Man is not made that way. Each man is bedded in his people, their history; their culture and their values”.
However, this indigenous culture especially amongst the young generation is fast getting eroded by the western way of life. Our moral-filled traditions are now phasing out. In the nooks and crannies of our mother continent Africa, many countries have made several efforts to preserve how their ancestors lived through inculcating in their future heirs, their cultural heritage.
For this reason majorly did the Marama cultural day celebration evolve as revealed by Moses Hamman one of the pioneers.
The Marama cultural celebration day usually holds every 1st January. It is a bura/babur cultural day initiated by Marama town. The origin can be traced to the year 2011 when the members of the Marama Development Association Executives came up with the idea. It was supported and was sponsored by prominent members of the community who include Justice Ibrahim Auta retired, Hon. Harami Balami, Hon. Inuwa Bwala, and Professor Dili Dogo amongst others.
Being a cultural day, Marama day hosts variety of activities. There is a display of beautiful bura cultural artifacts like local grinding machines, water pots, bows and arrows, bura soups, bura foods, and other local crafts that are locally made. There is also a display of the ancient bansuwe and Waksha-Waksha dances. The event also features activities like presentation of awards, to people who have made positive contributions to the community, selling of books, CDs of previous year celebration, donations, speeches and many other activities.
Past events have been graced by the presence of many prominent leaders outside Borno State. Some of which include, the Gbong Gwom Jos Jacob Buba Gyang, present Governor of Imo State Rochas Okorocha, Governor of Gombe state Hassan Dankwambo and many others.
However, due to insecurity, the celebration did not hold in the years 2016 and 2017. With relative peace coming back to the area, the event has resumed and the 2018 edition has experienced tremendous success.
This year’s edition has brought hope of continuity to the people of Marama community. The event was graced by personalities mostly within the state. Some of them are the Governor of Borno State His Excellency Governor Kashim Ibrahim represented by Senator Ali Ndume, the deputy Governor Borno State Usman Durkwa, represented by Daniel Malang the former Chairman Hawul Local Government, Senator Ali Ndume, Senator representing southern Borno, the Grand Patron, Honourable Justice Ibrahim Auta retired, and his wife, Hon. Harami Balami, the Wakilin Shehu Chief B. M. Auta, Borno state APC Chairman, among others.
The day was coloured by beautiful cultural displays, heart-warming speeches and kind donations.
In line with its purpose of commencement, the Marama day since its inception has helped in increasing the interest and knowledge of the younger generation in the Bura culture. This would go a long way in ensuring that they do not forget their root.
It has also generated revenue which has been used for community development. Added to this are the donations of boreholes, hospital, ambulances, change of Marama day secondary school into boarding school, cash donations and many more.
Moreover, the day has impact on the economy of Marama town as the influx of people to the town has increased patronage of locally produced goods like traditional materials, food, provisions and other goods and services.
The celebration has been aspired by many to grow and if continued with a focus on the original purpose would grow from height to height attracting tourist within and outside the country.