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The 250+ Tribes/ethnic Groups In Nigeria by DisGuy: 4:13am On May 24, 2007
I have read there are more than 250 tribes in nigeria, where they get the figure from i dont know

Igbo(Ibo)
Hausa
Yoruba

can you please list all the others cheers

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Re: The 250+ Tribes/ethnic Groups In Nigeria by nosa101(f): 8:47am On May 24, 2007
I really wish tribes were nonexistent
Re: The 250+ Tribes/ethnic Groups In Nigeria by mohadana: 2:33pm On May 24, 2007
ijaw-River state
Esan tribe- Edo state
Bin(Edo)-Edo state
Tiv-Benue State
itsekiri-Delta state
Idoma-Benue state
Nupe?
Isoko-Delta state.
more to come later.

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Re: The 250+ Tribes/ethnic Groups In Nigeria by mohadana: 4:47pm On May 24, 2007
more ethnic groups of nigeria.
Ibibio-Akwa Ibom state
Efik-Cross River state
Akoko-edo-Edo state
Degema-River state
Estako{Auchi peers}-Edo state
Urhobo-Delta state
Kwale-Delta state
Bini(Edo}Edo state
Ahonda-Rivers state
kANURI-part northerners.
Re: The 250+ Tribes/ethnic Groups In Nigeria by laudate: 5:01pm On May 24, 2007
Igala - Kogi & Benue states

Igbirra - Kogi, Benue & Plateau area

Kalabari - Rivers

Bachama - Adamawa

Kataf - Kaduna state

Birom - Plateau

'Can't remember all the rest now.
Re: The 250+ Tribes/ethnic Groups In Nigeria by DisGuy: 9:40pm On May 24, 2007
nosa101:

I really wish tribes were nonexistent

yea we all do, but they'll be nothing to whine about, nobody to blame wink

come on people! I bet we dont have upto 100 someone made it up
Re: The 250+ Tribes/ethnic Groups In Nigeria by needeeg(m): 1:40pm On May 25, 2007
Nupe, Niger state
Fulani, Adamawa st
Re: The 250+ Tribes/ethnic Groups In Nigeria by laudate: 1:44pm On May 25, 2007
Fulani people cut across other states o. They are also a minority tribe in Kwara, Sokoto, Maiduguri etc.
Re: The 250+ Tribes/ethnic Groups In Nigeria by uyai(f): 1:13am On May 30, 2007
oron ----- Akwa ibom
eket------Akwa ibom
annang----akwa ibom state
mbo---- akwa ibom state
ibibio----- Akwa ibom sate
ibeno-----Akwa ibom state
Re: The 250+ Tribes/ethnic Groups In Nigeria by mohadana: 5:30pm On May 30, 2007
all this in Akwa Ibom.
Re: The 250+ Tribes/ethnic Groups In Nigeria by uyai(f): 12:57am On May 31, 2007
yep
Re: The 250+ Tribes/ethnic Groups In Nigeria by laudate: 6:24pm On Jun 15, 2007
State Language(s) & Ethnic Groups

Abia             Igbo  & Ibibio

Adamawa    Hausa, Fulfulde, Bachama, Mbula, Gude, Lunguda, Kanakuru, Yandand, Batta, Highi, Kilba, Bura, Yungur 

Akwa-Ibom   Ibibio, Annang, Oron, Mbe, Okobo, HuMbuno, Eket, Andoni (Obolo)

Anambra       Igbo 

Bauchi       Hausa, Fulfulde,

Bayelsa         Kolokuma (Izon)

Benue       Tiv, Idoma, Igede

Borno       Hausa, Kanuri, Fulfulde, Margi, Schwa, Babur

Cross River   Efik, Ejagham, Bekwara

Delta     Enuani, Ika, Ndokwa, Okpe, Urhobo, Isekiri, Isoko, Ijo, Delta Pidgin, Igbo

Ebonyi     Igbo

Edo     Edo (Bini), Esan, Esako, Okpameri, Owan

Ekiti     Yoruba

Enugu     Igbo

Gombe     Hausa

Imo     Igbo

Jigawa    Hausa


Kaduna    Hausa

Kano    Hausa

Katsina    Hausa

Kebbi   Hausa, Fulfulde, (Zabaramanchi)

Kogi     Yoruba, Ebira, Bassa, Igala, Igbira-Koto, Basankomo, (Kakanda, Oworo)

Kwara      Yoruba, Nupe, Baruteen, (Hausa)

Lagos      Yoruba, Egun

Nassarawa    Hausa

Niger    Hausa, Nupe, Gbagi, (Gwari), Kambari, Kamuku

Ogun     Yoruba

Ondo     Yoruba, Egberi (a dialect of Izon/Ijaw)

Osun     Yoruba

Oyo    Yoruba

Plateau     Berom, Ngas, Tarok, Mwahavul, Goemai, Eggon, Borghan (Hausa) (Fulfulde in preaching)

Rivers    Ikwere, Kalabari, Kana, Port Harcourt Pidgin (Special English)

Sokoto  Hausa, Fulfulde

Taraba   Hausa, Fulfulde, Mumuye, Junkun

Yobe   Hausa, Fulfulde, Kanuri, Bolewa, Badenchi, Karikari

Zamfara    Hausa

*Source*: Mutilingualism in Nigeria: The Example of Rivers State by Ethelbert E. Kari; Tokyo University of Foreign Studies Tokyo, Japan. A Paper Presented at the Seminar on Multilingual Situation and Related Local Cultures in Asia and Africa Institute for the Study of Languages and Cultures of Asia and Africa, Tokyo University of Foreign Studies, Tokyo, 25 March, 2002

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Re: The 250+ Tribes/ethnic Groups In Nigeria by DisGuy: 10:34pm On Jun 16, 2007
wow thats a good list, but you will notice its still not upto the 250 everyone is bashing about. It's not even upto 100 grin
Re: The 250+ Tribes/ethnic Groups In Nigeria by laudate: 2:29pm On Jun 18, 2007
Yeah, it isn't. I haven't come across an exhaustive list yet. I'm sure there must be a federal govt. document that contains more info. somewhere, but I haven't been able to lay my hands on it. wink

Still searching, though.
Re: The 250+ Tribes/ethnic Groups In Nigeria by omoge(f): 11:32am On Jun 19, 2007
the goma tribe is not there

am sure many others are not listed

Cheers.
Re: The 250+ Tribes/ethnic Groups In Nigeria by ow11(m): 7:30pm On Sep 12, 2007
It may actually get to 250 but i can only list those in RV state

Abua
Ekpeye
Ikwerre
Etche
Ogba
Engenni

Kalabari
Opobo/Nkoro
Ibani
Andoni
Okrika
Obolo

Ogoni
Eleme
Re: The 250+ Tribes/ethnic Groups In Nigeria by pilas: 8:17pm On Sep 12, 2007
Rivers state self. grin
Re: The 250+ Tribes/ethnic Groups In Nigeria by DisGuy: 11:50pm On Sep 12, 2007
ow11
are those tribes or just villages?
Re: The 250+ Tribes/ethnic Groups In Nigeria by ssRhino: 12:05am On Sep 13, 2007
This is a good place to learn nigerian tribes, guys, pls keep it coming.
Re: The 250+ Tribes/ethnic Groups In Nigeria by ow11(m): 1:24pm On Sep 13, 2007
Dis Guy:

ow11
are those tribes or just villages?

they are actually tribes with distinct languages albiet they only sometimes exist in one village. they are grouped coarsely into three
but that doesnt do justice ( a la kalabari, khana and Ikwerre).

the etche language sounds a lot like Igbo though
Re: The 250+ Tribes/ethnic Groups In Nigeria by pilas: 7:28pm On Sep 13, 2007
hummmmmmmmm.
Re: The 250+ Tribes/ethnic Groups In Nigeria by laudate: 8:34pm On Sep 13, 2007
ow11,

What's the difference between Omoku and Ogba? I thought the indigenes of Omoku were Ogba people? I also thought that Ibani meant the same thing as Bonny, and folks from that area were Kalabari people? Or is there a difference?
Re: The 250+ Tribes/ethnic Groups In Nigeria by ow11(m): 8:36pm On Sep 14, 2007
laudate:

ow11,

What's the difference between Omoku and Ogba? I thought the indigenes of Omoku were Ogba people? I also thought that Ibani meant the same thing as Bonny, and folks from that area were Kalabari people? Or is there a difference?

Ibani is Bonny and I didnt put Ibani and Bonny together. I did do my reserach and Omoku people are actually ogba. its Odili's people that make up the 15th tribe.

In a broad sense, some people say kalabari,Nkoro,opobo,andoni,ibani and okrika are eastern Ijaw but the languages and culture are different.
Re: The 250+ Tribes/ethnic Groups In Nigeria by stranger12: 6:40pm On Sep 15, 2007
you need to visit this site

http://www.ethnologue.com/show_country.asp?name=NG

it is an ethnologue

here is an extract
Abanyom
[abm] 12,500 (1986). Cross River State, Ikom LGA, Abangkang the main village. Alternate names: Abanyum, Befun, Bofon, Mbofon. Classification: Niger-Congo, Atlantic-Congo, Volta-Congo, Benue-Congo, Bantoid, Southern, Ekoid

Abon
[abo] 1,000 (1973 SIL). Taraba State, Sardauna LGA, Abong town, east of Baissa. Alternate names: Abong, Abõ, Ba'ban. Classification: Niger-Congo, Atlantic-Congo, Volta-Congo, Benue-Congo, Bantoid, Southern, Tivoid.

Abua
[abn] 25,000 (1989 Faraclas). Rivers State, Degema and Ahoada LGAs. Alternate names: Abuan. Dialects: Central Abuan, Emughan, Otapha, Okpeden. The central dialect is understood by all others. Odual is the most closely related language. Lexical similarity 70% with Odual. Classification: Niger-Congo, Atlantic-Congo, Volta-Congo, Benue-Congo, Cross River, Delta Cross, Central Delta, Abua-Odual.

Abureni
[mgj] Bayelsa State, four towns: Brass LGA, Agrisaba (Obo-Emeke); Ogbia LGA, Idema; Nembe LGA, Okoroba; Ogbia LGA, Opume, which is politically part of Oloibiri. Alternate names: Mini. Classification: Niger-Congo, Atlantic-Congo, Volta-Congo, Benue-Congo, Cross River, Delta Cross, Central Delta.

Acipa, Eastern
[acp] 5,000 (1993). Niger State, Kontagora LGA; Kaduna State, Birnin Gwari LGA. Towns include Randeggi and Bobi. Alternate names: Acipanci, Achipa, Sagamuk. Dialects: Boroma (Taboroma). Lexical similarity 83% between Randeggi and Bobi; 52% with Shama; 47% to 50% with Kamuku; 42% to 44% with Hungworo; 15% to 20% with Western Acipa. Classification: Niger-Congo, Atlantic-Congo, Volta-Congo, Benue-Congo, Kainji, Western, Kamuku.

Acipa, Western
[awc] 20,000 (1995 CAPRO). Niger State, Kontagora LGA; Kebbi State, Sakaba LGA. Towns include Kumbashi, Kakihum, and Karisen. Alternate names: Acipanci, Achipa, Sagamuk. Dialects: Cep (Tochipo, Tacep, Western Acipanci). Morphological evidence suggests its affiliation with the Kamuku language cluster. Lexical similarity 89% to 95% among the dialects; 15% to 20% with Eastern Acipa; 18% with Hungworo; 16% to 17% with Shama; 15% to 17% with Kamuku. Classification: Niger-Congo, Atlantic-Congo, Volta-Congo, Benue-Congo, Kainji, Western, Kamuku.

Aduge
[adu] 1,904 (1992 Crozier and Blench). Anambra State, Oyi LGA. Classification: Niger-Congo, Atlantic-Congo, Volta-Congo, Benue-Congo, Edoid, Northwestern.

Afade
[aal] 25,000 in Nigeria (1998 R. M. Blench). Population total all countries: 30,000. Borno State, Ngala LGA, 12 rather dense villages. Also spoken in Cameroon. Alternate names: Affade, Afadeh, Afada, Kotoko, Mogari. Classification: Afro-Asiatic, Chadic, Biu-Mandara, B, B.1, Kotoko Proper.

Agatu [agc] 70,000 (1987 UBS). Benue State, Otuko Divison, districts of Agatu, Ochekwu, and Adoka; Nasarawa State, Awe and Nasarawa LGAs. Alternate names: North Idoma, Ochekwu. Dialects: Member of the Idoma dialect cluster. Classification: Niger-Congo, Atlantic-Congo, Volta-Congo, Benue-Congo, Idomoid, Akweya, Etulo-Idoma, Idoma


a lot would be extinct in the next 60 years and after that there would be less than 15 languages in nigeria
Re: The 250+ Tribes/ethnic Groups In Nigeria by MP007(m): 8:12am On Sep 16, 2007
yoruba
igbo
efiki
nupe
irobo
chi
kafa
isekiri
hausa
fulani
tapa
kanuri
ogoni
Kalabari
Opobo
Ibani
Andoni
Okriki
Abua
Ahoada
Ikwerre
Etche
Ogba
Omoku
Engenni
Egba
ATaba
Ogoni
Eleme
Ijebu
Yewa
Tiv,
Idoma
, Igede
Bolewa,
Badenchi,
Karikari
Fulfulde,
Mumuye,
Junkun
Esan,
Esako,
Okpameri,
Owan
Ibibio,
Annang,
Oron,
Mbe
, Okobo,
HuMbuno,
Eket,
Andoni (Obolo)
Efik,
Ejagham
, Bekwara
Tiv,
Idoma,
Igede

Enuani,
Ika,
Ndokwa,
Okpe,
Urhobo,
Isekiri,
Isoko,
Ijo,
Berom,
Ngas,
Tarok,
Mwahavul,
Goemai,
Eggon,
Borghan
Ijesa
Re: The 250+ Tribes/ethnic Groups In Nigeria by pilas: 9:22pm On Sep 17, 2007
cool
Re: The 250+ Tribes/ethnic Groups In Nigeria by Ifygurl: 4:20am On Oct 10, 2008
There are.
Actually it said there are MORE THAN 250 tribes in Nigeria. As for they still counting to determine the exact number which is so cool.
Re: The 250+ Tribes/ethnic Groups In Nigeria by ezeagu(m): 12:25am On Oct 11, 2008
Re: The 250+ Tribes/ethnic Groups In Nigeria by grafikdon: 12:34am On Oct 11, 2008
I don't think we have anything close to 250. Seems like somebody made this thing up for special effects. . . . I sure hope people are not counting clans and villages as ethnic groups undecided undecided
Re: The 250+ Tribes/ethnic Groups In Nigeria by skywalk: 4:41pm On Oct 11, 2008
I checked the site given above and its nt accurate. Am talking particularly about Kaduna State which i know, some of them are villages nd nt tribes, like numbers 190: kajuru, 224: manchok, 212: Kwaro. And some i hv never heard of before like, 308: Rumada, 309: Rumaya, 200: Kanufi, 207: Kiballo.
Re: The 250+ Tribes/ethnic Groups In Nigeria by grafikdon: 4:51pm On Oct 11, 2008
skywalk:

I checked the site given above and its nt accurate. Am talking particularly about Kaduna State which i know, some of them are villages nd nt tribes, like numbers 190: kajuru, 224: manchok, 212: Kwaro. And some i hv never heard of before like, 308: Rumada, 309: Rumaya, 200: Kanufi, 207: Kiballo.

That has been my suspicion. I honestly do not think we have anything close to 100 ethnic groups in the right sense of the word. Clans and villages don't count.
Re: The 250+ Tribes/ethnic Groups In Nigeria by thegame(m): 8:03pm On Dec 20, 2008
stranger12:

you need to visit this site

http://www.ethnologue.com/show_country.asp?name=NG

it is an ethnologue

here is an extract
a lot would be extinct in the next 60 years and after that there would be less than 15 languages in nigeria

this list shows languages and not ethnic groups/tribes. and the bad news here is that i have an assignment to submit asking me to get 250 ethnic groups i nigeria in 2 days.
someone help me out?

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