The Berom cultural festival, “Nzem Berom,” which usually takes place in April, to usher in the farming season for bomber harvest of their farm products has been shifted to 19 May, 2017, and to take place at the Rwang Pam Stadium, Jos.
Arc Pam Dung Gyang, a former gubernatorial candidate in Plateau State, who chairs the Local Organizing Committee for the festival, said that the shift in the date of the “Nzem Berom” annual celebration was to enable the Governor Simon Lalong and chairman of Traditional Council, Gbong Gwom Jos, Da Gyang Buba to attend a national summit.
While disclosing this at the Gbong Gwom Palace in Jos over the weekend, Arch. Pam Dung Gyang said there was need for cultural harmony for all the festivals in Plateau and its neighboring states for economic diversity of the people.
According to him, the significance of the “Nzem Berom” cultural festival is to draw the culture of African communities on the value of the people that exist without culture.
He said, the festival is an annual celebration “prayer” by the Berom-speaking natives in Nigeria for bumper harvest and for God’s protection to guide the people through the season of farming.
He appealed that state and federal government should harmonize to bring other tribes together to promote the cultural diversity of Nigerian people to attract tourists from within and international.
Arc Gyang cautioned the youth to give great attention because of the importance attached to culture, which the Nigerian youths are gradually forgetting some of its ingredients where so many crimes are practiced in the society today.
The architect also called on the youth to participate actively in cultural festivals of their communities so as to learn to live peaceful with their neighbors.
He emphasized that building love and understanding amongst the people was one of the vital aspects of African culture “as we preach peaceful coexistence.”