Culture in Far North: Youth Affairs Minister celebrates "Tina Sum Dana" with Massa People

The rhythm, sound of Joyful noise,  songs, dances, traditional displays could be heard and seen at the arena of event where various activities of the Massa people took place in the prescence of Minister Mounouna Foutsou. 

A traditional festival, "Tina Sum Dana" celebrated in the locality of Dana, near Yagoua- capital of the Mayo-Danay was an initiative sponsored by the Minister of Youth and Civic Education (Minjec), Mounouna Foutsou, who's objective is to promote the culture of these people and their rich cultural heritage. 

This event dates back more than 50 years, in the Massa tradition, after the harvest of field products, the period intended for celebrations through dances, folklore and traditional wrestling, allowing the populations of Mayo-Danay to get together and celebrate.

In the presence of traditional chiefs commonly called the “Moulna”, of the harvest festival called “Tina Sum Dana” in this tribe whose stronghold is the town of Yagoua.

The Mayor of Yagoua City Council, Pierre Lirawa expressed gratitude for the presence of Minister Mounouna Foutsou, sponsor of this cultural commemoration whose aim is to highlight this ancestral practice. He deacribed MINJEC Boss as a son of the soil, a son of Massa who agreed to sponsor this edition, in a way to revive this traditional practice which is more than 50 years. 

Dance groups followed one another, in turn the Gurna, a very well-known traditional dance of the region and the dance group called the “Yeyena girls of Toukou”, whose mission is to popularize the dance Massa with young girls to perpetuate it. 

The “Tina Sum Dana” celebration ritual itself will feature all the valiant Massa sons, led by Mounouna Foutsou, who will perform dance steps to the rhythm of the instruments while going around the courtyard. 

This cultural relaxation will end with the presentation of rewards to the lucky winners of the various competitions by the minister and the various authorities present.

For this cover, the “Tina Sum Dana” placed emphasis on the activities of dances, struggles but also the promotion of zither players. The latter being guarantors of ancestral musical know-how who use their instrument, the zithers, like griots, to retrace the glorious epic of a people while magnifying the achievements of its great men.

The ceremony which magnifies the true “Tina Sum Dana”, ended with the celebration ritual led by the Minister. 

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