Kapsiki people

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Home on the outskirts of Rhumsiki

The Kapsiki (Ka-Tsepkye) is one of the dialects of the Kamwe Language found in Nigeria and Cameroon. They live in the Far North Province in the Mandara Mountains. The Ka-Tsepkye are considered one of Cameroon's Kirdi (pagan) ethnic groups due to their resistance to Islamisation during the Fulani jihad of Modibo Adama. The Kamwe language has about eleven other dialects which are Nkafa, Sina, Ghye, Humsi, Dakwa and Tilli amongst. The Kamwe people resisted the invasion by the Fulani jihadists led by Modibo Adama and Hama Yaji.


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