1839 Views

Meet The Hyena Men of Nigeria (Photos)

In the outskirts of the city of Abuja, the capital of Nigeria is a shantytown that cradles the controversial group of men in the country. No, they’re not gangsters. They are not criminals or rapists or terrorists.

 They are the hyena men.

Locally known as Gadawan Kura, which translates to hyena handlers or hyena guides, these men have been passing from generations to generations the practice of taking care of the hyenas. Something that has become a part of their tradition.

Tied and muzzled, the men care for the hyenas and other wild animals such as rock pythons and baboons. Most people for a very long time linked this kind of work to negative exercises like robbery, drug dealing. Others say the men work as body guards and debt collectors. But in reality, the wild animals they tame are sold to richer families “this is out work and we will continue doing it,” Baba Mohammed said. He is a head trainer in the area. “We use the money to survive,” he added.

hyena men of Nigeria 8hyena men of Nigeria 4hyena men of Nigeria 6

These wild animals are kept in the shantytown as if they’re keeping dogs and cats. If not roaming around, they are tied in posts. Children become exposed to these creatures from the very start thus, passing the practice never become difficult.

ALSO READ  My Jamaican Wife Is The Most Beautiful Queen On Planet Earth – Oluwo Of Iwoland

Aisha Mohammed is Baba’s wife, and they have a young son who is being trained to be a handler. As early as infant years, kids start to interact with snakes, with the guidance of adults. Through time, they move from one animal to another, most end up caring and training hyenas.

 

hyena men of Nigeria 5hyena men of Nigeria 1hyena men of Nigeria 3

The hyena men may be surrounded with myths, but they continue this tradition anyway. For them, and fr the may fascinated with it, it is something precious an sacred. With the help of the medicine they start to take during their childhood years, the animals do not harm them. These Nigerians believe this certain medicine that they share with the wild animals is the one that guides them to doing their jobs right. “We drink the medicine before we go, then we can go and catch them [animals]. We give the animals medicine to drink too,” said Baba.

He and his wife also started to give the medicine to their young child, knowing that sooner than later, he will inherit his father’s work. He may be a young child now, but in time, he will become head of the hyena trainers.

hyena men of Nigeria 2

A man poses with a hyena on a leash in Rinka village of Katsina State, North-west Nigeria, July 17, 2009. Debt collectors and entertainers in Nigeria use "trained" hyenas and baboons to threaten debtors, beg for money from motorists and pedestrians as well as charm enthusiasts. REUTERS/Akintunde Akinleye (NIGERIA ANIMALS SOCIETY)

A man poses with a hyena on a leash in Rinka village of Katsina State, North-west Nigeria, July 17, 2009. Debt collectors and entertainers in Nigeria use “trained” hyenas and baboons to threaten debtors, beg for money from motorists and pedestrians as well as charm enthusiasts. REUTERS/Akintunde Akinleye (NIGERIA ANIMALS SOCIETY)

Get the best viral stories straight into your inbox!

Don't worry, we don't spam

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published.

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Latest Posts

Why Nigeria Cannot Win The World Cup – Former Arsenal Coach, Arsene Wenger
Sports
52 views
Sports
52 views

Why Nigeria Cannot Win The World Cup – Former Arsenal Coach, Arsene Wenger

MT - June 23, 2018

Former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has given two reasons why Nigeria will find it difficult winning the 2018 World Cup and this has nothing to do with…

7 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Agreeing to Marry Him
Romance and Love
56 views
Romance and Love
56 views

7 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Agreeing to Marry Him

PH - June 23, 2018

Before saying the words “I do”, which would plunge you into a lifelong commitment, there are a lot of things you should already know about your partner.…

7 Signs Delivery Day Is Around The Corner
Food and Health
51 views
Food and Health
51 views

7 Signs Delivery Day Is Around The Corner

PH - June 23, 2018

Towards the end of pregnancy, anticipation is at its peak and expectant mothers are on the lookout for any sign of the delivery day. For the first-timers,…

Nigerian Writer, Anietie Isong Shortlisted For UK’s Biggest Literary Prize Fund
Art, History and Culture
57 views
Art, History and Culture
57 views

Nigerian Writer, Anietie Isong Shortlisted For UK’s Biggest Literary Prize Fund

PH - June 23, 2018

Anietie Isong, a Nigerian writer, is among those in the running to benefit from the UK’s biggest literary fund of more than £98,000. The Society of Authors…

Corps Member Wins $2,500 Afriture Painting Competition
Art, History and Culture
52 views
Art, History and Culture
52 views

Corps Member Wins $2,500 Afriture Painting Competition

PH - June 23, 2018

Julius Agbaje, a 26-year-old National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) member, has won the 2018 Afriture Painting Competition. Our correspondent reports that Agbaje, who is serving with Silverbird…

Aremu Afolayan: It Is Impossible To Own A House In Lekki Through Acting Only
Entertainment
61 views
Entertainment
61 views

Aremu Afolayan: It Is Impossible To Own A House In Lekki Through Acting Only

PH - June 23, 2018

Is Aremu Afolayan trying to convey something? He has just stated that it is almost impossible for actors and actresses who has their only income from making…

Nobel laureate Soyinka Reproaches Obasanjo, As He Calls Him An Hypocrite
Politics
69 views
Politics
69 views

Nobel laureate Soyinka Reproaches Obasanjo, As He Calls Him An Hypocrite

PH - June 23, 2018

Soyinka reproaches Nigeria's former president as he calls him an hypocritical leader whose only ambition is to pleas himself. He has also  threatened to release a book…

Victor Osuagwu Gives Reason For Using A Truck As Wedding Vehicle
Entertainment
72 views
Entertainment
72 views

Victor Osuagwu Gives Reason For Using A Truck As Wedding Vehicle

PH - June 23, 2018

Guess life is not really about caring about what others might say or do, but about achieving your goals in the way you can without hurting anyone.…

Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe Arrested In Stead Of Nnamdi Kanu Over Bail Bond Issues
Politics
78 views
Politics
78 views

Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe Arrested In Stead Of Nnamdi Kanu Over Bail Bond Issues

PH - June 23, 2018

The senator representing Abia South Senatorial District, Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe was apprehended by the Department of State Services (DSS), on Friday. Operatives of the DSS accosted the…

The Race Of Christianity In Nigeria Said To Go Extinct In Next 25 Years
Religion
95 views
Religion
95 views

The Race Of Christianity In Nigeria Said To Go Extinct In Next 25 Years

PH - June 23, 2018

Can the race of Christianity really ceases in this world? not to talk of ceasing in Nigeria, a nation well known for its religious beliefs. But there…

4 Non-Executives Appointed By Buhari For Central Bank Of Nigeria
Politics
117 views
Politics
117 views

4 Non-Executives Appointed By Buhari For Central Bank Of Nigeria

PH - June 22, 2018

On Friday, the appointments of four non-executive directors approved by President Muhammadu Buhari were for the Central Bank of Nigeria. The Permanent Secretary (General Services Office), Office of…

Oyo Female Gov. Aspirant, Bolanle Aliyu, Seeks Alaafin’s Blessing For 2019 Election
Politics
101 views
Politics
101 views

Oyo Female Gov. Aspirant, Bolanle Aliyu, Seeks Alaafin’s Blessing For 2019 Election

PH - June 22, 2018

Oyo State gets female aspirant running for governorship in 2019 as she seeks the Alaafin's blessing for her intention. The Oyo State female governorship aspirant, Bolanle Aliyu,…

Dayo Amusa Shows Discontent On Disrespect From Newbies In The Industry
Entertainment
108 views
Entertainment
108 views

Dayo Amusa Shows Discontent On Disrespect From Newbies In The Industry

PH - June 22, 2018

Nollywood actress Dayo Amusa has shown her discontent with where the movie industry is heading The actress took to her Instagram page to address the way newbies…

Mikel Obi Assured, Says Nigeria Will Push Through Even With The Poor Start
Sports
121 views
Sports
121 views

Mikel Obi Assured, Says Nigeria Will Push Through Even With The Poor Start

PH - June 22, 2018

Team captain John Obi Mikel assures Nigeria will reach the knockout phase of the World Cup despite their unimpressive start. Even after being defeated in the last match,…

Kwara State Government Grants N125m To Tertiary Institution After Going On Strike
Education
119 views
Education
119 views

Kwara State Government Grants N125m To Tertiary Institution After Going On Strike

PH - June 22, 2018

Mr. Abdullahi Alkinla, the State Commissioner for Tertiary Education, disclosed in a statement released on Thursday in Ilorin that the Kwara state government has released a sum of…

Agricultural Export Rises 24% In 3 Months
Agriculture and Farming
97 views
Agriculture and Farming
97 views

Agricultural Export Rises 24% In 3 Months

PH - June 22, 2018

Nigeria has seen its 2018 first quarter agricultural export risen by 24 percent as the country explore opportunities to earn substantial dollars through the non-oil export. The…

See Reasons Why Ministers Say Buhari Deserves To Be Re-elected
Politics
87 views
Politics
87 views

See Reasons Why Ministers Say Buhari Deserves To Be Re-elected

PH - June 22, 2018

On Thursday in Abuja, some of the cabinet ministers gathered to say, "President Muhammadu Buhari deserves to be re-elected to build on the development foundation he laid…

Free Deworming Drugs Distributed To Inmates In Nasarawa
Food and Health
116 views
Food and Health
116 views

Free Deworming Drugs Distributed To Inmates In Nasarawa

PH - June 22, 2018

Deworming drugs were offered for free to 567 inmates and 40 officers of Keffi Medium Prisons in order to improve their health by the Association of Community Pharmacists…

Loading...