The Piti Abisi of Nigeria (Kaduna )

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Book one : Piti-Abisi Cultural History

Abisi social organization and history: families, sections, marriages, economic, farming, and hunting, powers, and rituals.

Book two : Conversations on Abisi History 

Short texts of more personal comments on various subjects read in books and articles that could be of interest to Abisi. They should be read after the chapters of Book One.

Piti Abisi Videos  Page

Short videos of comments about Abisi

Book one


Chapter 1: Who am I?  Why write about Piti Abisi ?

Chapter 2 Who and where are the Abisi?

Chapter 3 Abisi Sitting Friends

Chapter 4 Abisi Descent Groups

Chapter 5 Abisi Household and “Villages”

Chapter 6  Abisi Kirat : the House

Chapter 7 Women with Many Husbands: Making one out of many

Chapter 8 Abisi and The Zaria Emirate

Chapter 9 Abisi Tribute:Slaves,Women and Children

Chapter 10 Abisi and British Indirect Rule

Chapter 11 Abisi and Colonial Justice

Chapter 12 Abisi Conflicts:War, and Headhunting

Chapter 13 Paja: an Abisi Berdge Hero

Chapter 14 Abisi Chiefs

Chapter 15  Abisi Sarkin Piti

Chapter 16 The Miango Piti Affray

Chapter 17 Abisi Hunting

Chapitre 18 The Mambo Hunt

Chapitre 19 Heroes

Chapter 20 Abisi Cultural Economic

Chapter 21 Abisi Landownership

Chapter 22 Abisi Hoe Agriculture

Chapter 23 Abisi Crops, Soils, and Care

Chapter 24 Abisi Heritage Grains

Chapter 25 Abisi and Food Taboos

Chapter 26 Abisi Livestock

Chapter 27 Honey and Other Edibles

Chapter 28 Abisi Smithing

Chapter 29 Abisi Local Trade

Chapter 30 Abisi Money and taxes

Chapter 31 Abisi Markets

Chapter 32 Abisi Age Groups

Chapter 33 Abisi Youth Chiefs

Chapter 34 Abisi Work Groups

Chapter 35 Abisi women at Work

Chapter 36 Abisi Mikosira Begging for Rain

Chapter 37 Abisi Shouting for Rain and Cultural Identity

Chapter 38 Abisi Girl’s and Wife’s Marriages

Chapter 39 Abisi Bride Capture

Chapter 40 Abisi Work Marriage and Father’s Choice  

Chapter 41 Abisi Love and  Mother’s Choice House Marriages

Chapter 42 Abisi Widow and  Grass Marriage

Chapter 43 Abisi Marriage System

Chapter 44 Pege’s Ribam Women

Chapter 45 Abisi Bori

Chapter 46 Abisi Bori Memories

Chapter 47 Abisi Gender relations in Bori And Uganiŋ

Chapter 48 Abisi Women Hunters in Bori Arena

Chapter 49 Abisi Ugurza dodo

Chapter 50 Abisi dodo Club House

Chapter 51 Ugurza Coming Out

Chapter 52 Abisi Dodo Youth Power

Chapter 53 Abisi Affliction and Dodo Cure

Chapter 54 Abisi Life Cycle from Birth to Funerals

Chapter 55 Abisi Kinship terms

Book 2 : New Conversations

Short texts of more personal comments on various subjects read in books and articles that could be of interest to Abisi. They should be read after the chapters of Book One.

Abisi Marriage by Capture

This conversation is about the Riner marriage ceremonial is very sophisticated, it has the form of forced marriage by abduction but no one is actually kidnapped, even if it looks like it on the surface. The meaning of such a custom has been one of the oldest in general history. How did the Abisi explained these customs ?

Ibarka: the Abisi horse

Ibarka is the Abisi-Piti  word for horses incuding the  Plateau Ponies. This text gathers informations about what I found about them and the scance ethographic notes I had. An important theme of the Piti -Abisi «horse culture» to be developped by oral historians.

I rode a hausa Horse

This experience helped me to understand how horse and clothing were symbols of power: on the horses and on the people.


A german historian analyses how the Jihadists of Sokoto in pre-colonial West Africa (ca. 1800–1840) defined the Muslim ‘self’ and the alleged ‘pagan’ other. Was the «horse culture»  an emblem of civilization in comparison of the wilderness of others.

Plantation Slavery North of Abisi

I have often asked this question, but the answers remained vague apart from the use of Abisi men to tend horses and women as servants or concubines, not much else was remembered. A book by the Nigerian Historian Salau may provide an an

6 thoughts on “The Piti Abisi of Nigeria (Kaduna )

  1. wow! am very happy for this development, a very nice blog, this is what we been hoping to see, sir you are really a blessing to our people and our Land, even the state at all. Your reward is God blessing through out your generation. Permit me sir to share this across social media.


  2. Once again, I salute your effort in making us proud, without much of your write up we will be left nagging, but to God be the glory of Charley, the memories of your beautiful movements with Lulu is still lingering in my mind though I was 6-7 then, thanks once morr


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