Fiok Festival

The Builsas of Sandema hold their yearly “Fiok Festival” in December. This festival of war commemorates the great feats of the Builsas from long ago.

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They came to the Builsa enclave in the 16th century from nearby tribes, making them a diverse group of former ethnicities.

In the midst of dancing and drumming, the gods are prayed to for protection and a bountiful harvest.

On stage, war dancers from various local communities present their performances. To reenact battles from earlier years, they are armed with spears, short axes, shields, and bows and arrows. There are also depictions of opposition and Babatu’s downfall.

According to others, it gave the populace a genuine sense of identification and unity.

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