By Emmanuel Gandu
Kagoro, The Jewel on the Rock
Kagoro is a land blessed by God with a good climate, abundant rainfall, rich fertile soil, rich cultural heritage, and a history unequaled in the sub-region, and above all, a God-fearing and peace-loving people.
Gworok (Kagoro) is a town basking in the euphoria of large-scale production of crops and tubers for domestic and commercial purposes, with an abundance of a variety of fruits and vegetables.
Rearing (not open grazing) of different types of animals including goats, cattle, pigs, poultry/birds, bee farming for honey, and fishery.
Hunting wildlife game for meat supply is not only a passion but as a matter of duty and responsibility.
Gworok (Kagoro) enjoys God’s gift of an all-year uninterrupted supply of water from the caves of the Kagoro mountain that also supplies Kafanchan with their water requirements.
And of course, rearing dogs for the security of life and property is a call to duty.
What are FAD and UFAD?
FAD as called in the Gworok (Kagoro) language is the fruit from the ‘Atin Ufad’ (Ufad tree). It is also known as Afrcian Black Oilives.
FAD is a succulent pulp fruit plucked from the Ufad tree. It is black in colour when ripe for consumption. It has an inside seed concealed by a hard nut. This hard nut is covered by the pulp.
The peak period for harvesting the Fad from the Ufad tree is in the months of July and August.
What is miraculous about fad and the UfAD?
(1) The fruit when eaten heals a man of stomach ailments.
(2) The pulp has a high protein.
(3) The thin black filmy outer layer of the fruit is used for special healing of open wounds.
(4) The extracted oil from the slightly warmed pulp is used for cooking of special delicacies for sick and growing babies, aging adults, and those with infirmities.
(5) The extracted oil from the pulp is used to treat and mend broken bones by traditional bone healers.
(6) The extracted oil from the pulp has little or no cholesterol hence it is recommended for people suffering from ailments such as hypertension, diabetes, etc.
(7) The extracted oil from the seed inside the hard nut is used by warriors and hunters when mixed with certain herbs as a concoction to ward off evil spirits and dangerous killer animals.
(8) The extracted oil from the pulp is used to prepare/cook ‘junjok udak’ (local beans) for the returning triumphant young boys that have just been newly initiated into the yearly ‘Oeboi’ cult system.
This initiation ceremony supervised by the chief priest is a pre-condition for membership in the cult system and participation in all traditional cultural rights of Gworok (Kagoro) land.
(9) The hard nut is used for tiling the floor of the rooms and the compound grounds to prevent dampness and erosion.
(10) The bark of the Ufad tree is used for the preparation of various herbs / medicinal drinks to heal all kinds of ailments.
(11) Fad is sold for commercial purposes, thereby boosting the economic development of not only the farmers but also the town, the Kaura Local government, the state, and the country in general.
People are therefore encouraged to intensify the planting of this tree in commercial quantities.
(12) The life span of the Ufad tree is estimated to be about 250 to 350 years depending on the care, site, and soil texture.
(13) It is an abomination to cut down the Ufad tree without clearance from the elders.
This offense is met with hard penalties not excluding death by unexplained circumstances, except for performing the prescribed cleansing rituals of sacrifice to appease the gods.
Nnuan Oegworok nyin shio’aa?