The Kaka Tribe of Taraba

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 The Kaka tribe is located in Gembu, Sardauna (Mambila plateau) of Taraba State, Nigeria. 


They are a part of the Bantu tribe that is spread all over Africa. They are peace-loving people, great hunters, and farmers. They claim to be one of the best tribes in cultural dances and music in Nigeria.


Focusing on the marriage aspect of the Kaka customs and traditions, this is what you should know. The bride price is a common aspect of the culture, and it is paid in part, not in full like other cultures. It happens this way to create more avenues for family reunions. For example, when a man gets married to a young lady, he pays her bride price in part, and after the first child has been born, he is obliged to pay another portion.

It doesn’t matter if you have the means to pay in full from the onset; you are still advised and expected to pay in bits. Although this custom usually happens when the marriage is between individuals of the Kaka tribe as it creates more opportunities for family reunions and meetings. It is safe to say that the Kaka seize every opportunity to meet up and have a good time. They are also known for great works of arts and crafts.


Quite a number of the Kaka people are known to be scholars who believe in Western education like the Yoruba people. Besides farming, they are also business inclined.


They have a special soup that is a favorite among the locals (though its origin is still uncertain) called Kumbi. It has a bitter taste, as the bitter leaf soup, but it is very healthy and nutritious.

Today, I have just shared a highlight of the Kaka people of Gembu. If you have more information you would like us to share, please drop a comment.

The My People – Your People project is an educational and awareness campaign aimed at elevating the numerous ethnic groups and tribes in Nigeria, and Africa at large. Therefore, we want to make every people group known, seen, and heard. If you would like your tribe to be featured in our culture column, you can also drop a comment or send a DM to @ballie_hashem on Twitter.

Last modified: June 22, 2021

5 Responses to :
The Kaka Tribe of Taraba

  1. Josh Okpanachi says:

    Incredible, wish we could all be like the Kaka tribe and have more reunions. Hopefully with more cake…

    1. David says:

      Hahaha agreed. Hopefully

  2. Jeome Julius Ndzembuin says:

    I just stumbled on this post on LinkIn and had to click on the link because guess what, its my tribe. Its interesting to see my tribe online. You know, my own tribe is among the minority so not much is said or written about it online. I am happy.

    1. Sarauta Team says:

      Hi Jeome, this means so much to us. We are encouraged by your response and comments like this keep us going.


      proud kaka girl

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