CULTURE

The Noni man continues to exhibit most of the culture inherited from the ancestors or imbibed in the course of migration and interaction with the different people they met before settling in Noni land. This culture is mainly characterized by the Noni language, the main vehicle of Noni culture, arts, dressing styles, Festivals and dances.

A) Art:

  • Carving of mortars, masks, door posts, wooden beams for cultural houses
  • Weaving of bags, fishing baskets and many other types of baskets used at home and for the transportation of farm produce
  • Bamboo works
  • Decoration of calabashes
  • Thatching of houses with grass

B) Dressing styles:

With the present trend of inculturation, no particular dressing style stands out as characteristic of the Noni people. The early settlers were identified with what was called the kitangchi or ting (cock’s tail) while the women wore what was then known as Tew and beads. In contemporary times, a Noni man is considered to be traditionally dressed when he wears what is commonly called Ndanchiki or Agbwada traditional regalia (of various types). As for a contemporary Noni woman, what is commonly called a two-rapper (dressed in loin clothes) qualifies her as dressed traditionally.

C) Festivals:

The Noni people do not really have a time they come together to honour some traditional practices. However there are some practices common to them all that are honoured like the blessing of the land, the Noni Language Day and when a Fon’s death celebration is opened and new one enthroned. During these occasions, traditional dances and dishes are prepared to honour the event.

D) Dances:

The Noni people have quite a lot of inherited dances and jujus that they continue to exhibit either for entertainment or for other traditional rites. These include the Nsem(blessing of seeds), friligang, mungwa, mukong, nchuma, mbaya, ngumba.

 

LAND USE

The land is used for settlement, grazing, forest reserve and farming.

A) Settlement

There are basically three settlement patterns found in this municipality. These patterns are: Scattered, linear and nuclear settlements.

• Scattered Settlement: This type of settlement is mostly found on farmlands and isolated hamlets, with houses dotted all over the place.

• Linear Settlement: Almost all the villages in the area are linear settlements found mostly along the roadside.

• Nucleated Settlement: This type of settlement can be seen in Nkor. Being the sub divisional headquarters, administrative offices and residences for workers have made the settlement pattern to take this form. The main markets and small markets have equally contributed to this type of settlement. This is typical in Djottin and Lassin villages around their market areas. Palaces and Sub-palaces also exhibit this settlement pattern.

B) Grazing land

Grazing lands are found mostly on the hillsides. Most village conflicts are cropper-herder conflicts. This is because most grazing lands are not demarcated and this leads to either the herders encroaching upon farmlands or the croppers encroaching upon grazing lands. This calls for the administration and the council to look for a proper way of solving this problem.

C) Farmland

Farming is one of the top economic activities in Nkor Municipality. Above 95% of the population is engaged in farming. Food crops are cultivated far off from the settlement area, while cash crops are cultivated besides or nearer the settlement area. The men are involved in the cultivation of cash crops, which include mainly coffee (Arabica), plantains, and raphia palm for palmwine production. Food crops, which are mostly cultivated by women, include potatoes, beans, maize, cocoyams, groundnuts, soya beans, etc.

C) Forest reserve

The Dom/Enteh forest reserve stands out as the lone forest reserve within the Nkor council area. Besides this one, there are other scattered patches of artificial forests made up essentially of eucalyptus trees, and in some few cases the cypress species that are used by the indigenes either for decorative purposes, construction or for boundary demarcation.