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Kurama Chiefdom

Before the formal introduction of the Kurama Chiefdom by the Makarfi Administration in Kaduna State, Akurmi commonly referred to as “Kurama” had its non-formal traditional institution way back in 1350AD. It was truly believed that “Akurmi” people were said to have originated from Iraq. They later migrated to Egypt, Sudan and briefly settled in Chad.
    The search for suitable farmland, protective forest and in the spirit of avoiding Jihad wars migrated into Maiduguri Borno State where the Kurama sojourned for over 700 years before moving to Kano where they stayed for over 600 years.

    Thereafter the leader and king (Bugwamma) made a historic journey that was termed the Terminal Migratory Movement (TMM) into Kudaru Hills between 1350 to date where they finally settled. The Kudaru Hills has boundary with Zazzau, Bauchi, Plateau and Nassarawa States.
    The Man KURDERU was identified as the leader, priest and King (Sarki) who led the Akurmi to finally settle in the Present Kudaru forest hills was recognized and presented with a smbol of a knife by the first White mansettlers of Kudaru forest inhabitants. The Bugwamma was given to represent the title to and the name of the paramount traditional ruler of the Kurama people.

The first and initial abode and settlement of the Akurmi people represent a 100% initial area of the final settlement for the Kurama People under the leadership, guidance and directives of the first paramount ruler Kurderu even after years of dispersal into different location of settlement within and around the present Saminaka, Lere and Piriga Chiefdoms. The Kurama and Gurza districts with numerous village heads scattered within all the 3 chiefdoms in Lere Local Government Area of Kaduna State.
A similar situation found in Kauru Local Government Area where the Kurama people occupy and have another district head in Karku District of Kumana Chiefdom also of Kaduna State. The same applies in Kubau Local Government of Kaduna State where sizable concentration of Kurama Community is found to reside up to the level of 3-ungranted districts in Zazzua Emirate.
    The concentration and spread of the Kurama communities extends to Doguwa Local Government Area of Kano State where at one time or the other a Kurama Executive Councl Chairman had past emerged. In the same vein the Kurama people are presently holding numerous titles as village heads at Tidere town of Jingre Pingina Chiefdom in Bassa Local Government Area of Plateau State. In recognition of the above size and extensive landed areas that spreads within three neighboring states where the Kurama Community are found to dominantly exist, His Excellency, the then Governor Ahamed Moh’d Makarfi of Kaduna State deemed it necessary to approve the over 8years of struggles for the creation of Kurama Chiefdom.
Kurama Chiefdom was created in December Year 2000. The first Paramount Ruler of the entire Kurama  nation to be sworn in as the Bugwam-Kurama [1] of Kurama Chiefdom was the person of HRH. Alh. Tanimu Shu’aibu of Dng. Sarki, in Yarkasuwa the present headquarters of KUDDARUDEVELOPMENT AREA in Lere Local Government Area.

The first traditional ruler of Kurama Chifedom was His Royal Highness. Alhaji Tanimu Shu’aibu was sworn into office in the year 2001 from the position of District Head. After his unfortunate demise from a protracted illness he was succeeded by HRH Dr. Ishaku Sabo Damina who is by the Grace of God the present Bugwan Kurmi of Kurama Chiefdom.
Traditioal title of the chiefdom is BUGWAM-KURMI. The criterion for the selection and appointment of the Bugwam-Kurmi is not by inheritance. The contest for the seat of the Bugwam-Kurmi is usually open to all the constitutionally approved ruling houses in Kurama land on the availability of a vacancy. However, “MERIT” is strictly the guiding factor and serves as its rule of the thumb. Consequently the recognized King-makers seat in council under the Chairmanship of the Wazirin Kurama to select 3-most outstanding candidates from any of the Ruling Houses for the presentation to the state Government approval.
After a duly meticulous screening by the state security agents, one candidate out of the 3 selected is recommended to the Governor by the King-Makers. The Executive Governor of the state subsequently swears him into office under an oath.

There is only one major economic activity in Kurama Chiefdom and that is “Farming”.

There are other subsidiary engagements as follows:
     Blacksmith for the production of local hoe “Garma”, Cutlasses, Spears and other agricultural and hunting implements.
     Production of local Mats, Brooms and Thatched Grasses.
     Livestock rearing and Animal Husbandry.
     Marketing of Agricultural and Livestock by-product.
     Pottery, Carpentry, Tailoring and Mechanics with spear parts.
There are presently seven (7) individually large major districts in Yarkasuwa and Kayarda Wards of Lere LGA that constitute Kurama-Chiefdom and the Names of the District Heads

1.    Alh. Garba Yunusa Mohammed of Bissallah District
2.    Alh. Abubakar Dogara Ukissah District
3.    Hon. Mr. Simon Jakada of Wuroko  District
4.    Alh. Sale Abubakar of Kakun Kurama District
5.    Alh. Suleiman Zatto of Goron Duste District
6.    Mr. Sodangi Dan’(Late) of Maigamo District
7.    Mr. Bello Damina (walin Kurama) Kudaru District

There are additional Kurama districts in different chiefdoms outside Kurama Chiefdom include:
•    Garun-Kurama District, Luwana and Gurza Districts all in Piriga Chiefdom of Lere LGA.
•    Abadawa District in Saminaka Chiefdom with numerous Villages heads yet to be granted districts.
•    Karku District in Kumana Chiefdom is also 100% Kurama but located in Kauru LGA of Kaduna State.

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