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NIKYOB Chiefdom

NIKYOB The People, The Culture, The History.

The People of Kaninkon heaved a sigh of relief when in 2000, the government of Kaduna State created the kaninkon chiefdom. This most accommodating friendly people have for long resisted the “second class” status conferred on them. Bounded to the north by kafanchan, to the west by kagoma and to the south by Numana, these truly amiable people-who are rearly seen or heard-epitomize survival. The different incursion into their land by different forces did not dampen their spirit and the ascension of the quintessential administrator, Mallam Tanko Tete to the office the Tum Ninkyob 1 further proves that this unique peoplewill not allow any force put out there light.


Oral traditions suggest that these indigenes of Jema’a Local Government can be traced back to katsina even though little is known about the migration route. Prior to the introduction of the indirect rule by the colonialist, the Ninkyob had a single chief called Tum who was saddled with the responsibility of coordinating the affairs of the chiefdom. The sibling rivalry between the Tum and his younger brother Roro, brought about a split in the chiefdom emerged in a different village. This new chiefdom gain prominence and acceptance  with the Hausa- who probably could not pronounce Ninkyob- and so the name was changed to Kaninkon and the headquarters of this new chiefdom Jema’a Naroro ( present day Gidan Waya) became the most prominent town. The traditional beliefs of Ninkyob are almost extinct due to their strict adherence to the Christian faith. In the days of old, initiation ceremonies were conducted for the young men in the land. These initiations are done in in satges for different age groups. The first stage of the initiation “Mahgyang” is for the youths between the ages of ten and fifteen, then the “Rlim” and the “Nyangbo”.  The process culminates at the “Berr” and then “Nkuu”. Only the children of the elite attain these last stages due to the cost involved.

The festivals of Ninkyob were only burials, marriages, turbaning and initiation but the advent of Christianity brought about other religious rituals. The traditional Ninkyob festivals are reserve for the dry season except marriages. Although dead occur throughout the year, the ceremonies are postponed until the dry season. When an old person dies, drums are heard and mild feasting takes place until the dry season when the real feast held. The DUNG festival is a festival that is observed once in a while. Presently the chief is home to eight districts. These districts are found to have almost equal population. A large chunk of this population, like in other parts of Nigeria, is made up of people below the age of 50. The Ninkyob are predominantly farmers, a handful are paid workers with the government, Nigerian railways or the Kaninkon chiefdom.

As the chiefdom turns ten, the presence of the government in the community is almost non-existent. There is no major road criss-crossing the length and breadth of the chiefdom. Economic activites are absent in this serene community due to the absence of a market and road connecting the people with other markes in Kafanchan, Jagindi and others. It si high time something is done to give this admirable people a sense of belonging.


1.       Mr. Bako Galadima – Jagaban Kaninkon                 District Head of Bakin Kogi

2.       Mr. Dick Dembo – Makaman Kaninkon                  District Head of Ungwan Fari

3.       Mr. Moses Barde – Turakin Kaninkon                     District Head of Goska

4.        Mr. Williams B. Gimba – Galadiman Kaninkon    District Head of Ungwan Baki

5.       Alh. Samaila Suleiman – Wamban Kaninkon         District Head of Dangoma

6.       Mr. Ladan S. Adamu – Majidadin Kaninkon          District Head of Amere

7.       Mr. Hosea D. Dodo – Pakachin Kaninkon                               District Head of Ambam

8.       Mr. Stephen Daniel – Ubandoman Kaninkon       District Head of Gerti

The major economic activities are: Fishing, Farming, Tailoring, Hunting, Carpentry, Trading, Building and selling of firewood. It is emphasis that the chiefdom is predominantly a farming community as over 75% of the people engage in farming activities.  


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