The second edition of the “Kamou festival” took revellers back into time with amazing good tunes in Oti Region.
The Kamou is an annual festival of Kabye people. It is celebrated to mark the end of farming season. (It is a festival of harvest). The month of November is dedicated for this festival to allow each community to celebrate theirs; though the period can be extended to December and January.
The festival is a day’s activity to thank the gods and ancestors for a successful farming season.
A week prior to the festival day, millet (i.e the fresh one harvested that season) is soaked for preparation of Pito “Tchukutu” the only drink that is used for the occasion.
On the said day, each household prepares food from the new harvest to be shared.
In the afternoon, the whole community gathers at the chief’s compound or palace, bringing along the Pito prepared. Prayers are offered to the deities for a successful farming season.
The Association of Kabye was formed somewhere in early 80s. Unfortunately, it was not documented, therefore renders Kabye people as strangers. According to them, there’s a need for them to revamp what their forefather’s couldn’t do.