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The 10 Unofficial Socio-cultural Regions Of Nigeria by Nowenuse: 5:48pm On Dec 30, 2019
THE 10 UNOFFICIAL SOCIO-CULTURAL REGIONS OF NIGERIA.

Post colonialism, the different and diverse peoples of Nigeria have rapidly evolved into very different social lives, value systems, orientations, mental capacities and behaviours.

Religion, ethnicity, urbanization, political classifications and political agitations have become the major reasons why erstwhile unrelated peoples have come under the same socio-cultural space and also same reasons why erstwhile related peoples have come under different socio-cultural spaces.

The present day Geo-political zones that we have do not aptly capture these socio-cultural regional differences, they only manage to give a clue.

Here are the 8 unofficial socio-cultural regions of today's Nigeria which have evolved over the years and are now largely the basis of most people's daily interactions, familiarisations, identifications, socializations, political inclinations e.t.c

Disclaimer* Many may not agree with a lot of the points in this write-up and will want to make corrections on certain things in comments which is very much welcomed. This write-up is not a final authority on these topics. It is just a combination of popular knowledge and generally held perceptions and stereotypes.



1) THE CORE-NORTHERN MUSLIM SOCIO-CULTURE
(around 55 million people).

This is the largest of the socio-cultures of Nigeria.
Ethnically, the peoples of this socio-culture are the Hausa-fulanis, Kanuris, Shuwa Arabs and Hausanized tribes of Bauchi & Yobe. They dominate the states of Sokoto, Zamfara, Kebbi, Jigawa, Kano, Katsina, Yobe, Borno, Bauchi, Northern Kaduna (Zaria), Northern Gombe and small parts of Adamawa & Taraba.

These peoples who originally are diverse by origin and cultures but have over the years blended into one social life and societal values which is heavily united by the Islamic religion.
They are all ruled traditionally by Islamic emirates, hence the reason why religion is taken extremely serious by these peoples in the same fashion as one can see in Islamic countries of the middle-east.
Sharia law was fully agitated for and included in the constitution by these peoples and is still widely practiced among them.
Other Nigerians, including muslims and christians tend to see the people of this socio-culture as a people of religious extremism but they rather see themselves as a people of religious piety.

As a socio-culture, they are the strongest and most United political force and people in Nigeria and have dominated the Nigerian political sphere for a longerperiod.
They have managed to bring other smaller northern socio-cultural regions under their political and cultural clout.

The people of this socio-culture are very good in business hence the richest man in Nigeria and Africa as a whole is from this socio-culture. They are only surpassed in capitalism by the people of the South-eastern Igbo socio-culture in Nigeria.

The people of this socio-culture dominate animal farming in Nigeria as it is an inherent part of the culture of some of it's peoples.

The setbacks and stereotypes among this socio-culture is the very high illiteracy and poverty rates among it's people and also religious extremism and high conservatism which has created various terrorist groups.
This is the part of Nigeria with the highest poverty and illiteracy rates.
Majority of Nigeria's poor and illiterate are from this socio-culture.

Serious drug abuse through various forms like abuse of Codeine, Tramadol e.t.c appear to have become very rampant within this socio-culture.

Child marriage & Sodomy of children appear common too.

Upward social mobility appears the most difficult in this socio-culture due to the low literacy rates and also arranged marriages. Most marriages within this socio-culture are arranged marriages between families and friends and not love marriages, causing only people of the same socio-economic class to get married to each other.
This is almost like a caste system.



2) THE YORUBA SOCIO-CULTURE
(around 40 million people).

This is the 2nd largest socio-cultural space in Nigeria, primarily located in the South-west and parts of the North-central geopolitical zones.
This socio-culture encapsulates the states of Lagos, Oyo, Osun, Ondo, Ekiti, Ogun and the majority of Kwara and Kogi West.

Lagos, the largest city in Nigeria being dominated by this socio-culture has seen to the cultural absorption of other peoples who are non-native to this region.
The people of this socio-culture are almost evenly divided religiously between muslims and christians, yet it is very peaceful and religion has not been able to divide this socio-culture unlike is seen in the North where religion is the major determinant of socio-cultural space.

The people of this socio-culture are the pioneers of western education and Pentecostal Christianity in Nigeria and this can readily be seen by the greatest concentration of not just universities but the best universities in Nigeria and the headquarters of most Pentecostal churches in Nigeria, thereby making it the center of religious tourism.

The people of this socio-culture are very very social, down to earth and very lively, little wonder they throw the best, most colorful and biggest parties in Nigeria and produce the best and most numerous music entertainers.

This socio-culture emphasizes the most on respect for elders and traditional authorities in Nigeria and the people of this socio-culture hold on to tradition the most among all others. This can be seen by the fact that native and tribal names are most held unto by these people unlike other parts of Nigeria where religious names and ridiculous western names have taken over.
You almost can never find anybody in this socio-culture answering a full official name like IBRAHIM MUSTAPHA AHMED or CHRISTIANA JOHN CHRISTOPHER as is sadly very rampant among all the other socio-cultures of Nigeria that one begins to wonder if the other peoples of Nigeria are an African people or they are probably an Arabic people or descendants of the Holy Roman empire.

The setbacks and negative stereotypes of this socio-culture by other Nigerians are strong fetish practices and beliefs which have seen to an upsurge of ritual killings.

Strong tribalism and tribal ignorance, for example, people of this socio-culture appear to be the only ones who do not acknowledge the existence of minority groups in Nigeria, hence it appears to them that every Southern minority from after Ore down to Calabar is seen as an Omo-Igbo while every Northern minority from after Lokoja/Ilorin is seen as a Hausa, which is very wrong and myopic.

Cowardice, treachery/backstabbing & extravagancy (in lavish partying) are also included.

Thuggery culture which manifests in various forms like Agbero (motor park touts), Owomida, Omo-onile are also included.



3) THE SOUTHEAST IGBO SOCIO-CULTURE
(around 35 million people).
This socio-cultural zone should not be mistaken to be synonymous with the entire Igbo or Igbo speaking population since there is a fairly unique 'South-South Igbo socio-culture' which will be treated separately.
This zone occupies the entirety of the Southeast geo-political zone which comprises of Enugu, Anambra, Imo, Abia & Ebonyi states and some few parts of Benue.
The people of this socio-culture have evolved to be the strongest capitalists not just in Nigeria but in Africa as a whole.
They are very very industrious and enterprising, hence are the most widely travelled people, always ready to seek and take advantage of opportunities not just everywhere in Nigeria, but everywhere in the world.
They dominate the medium scale enterprise of Nigeria, importation and a huge percentage of large scale enterprise and Industries.
The people of this socio-culture were the pioneers of the Nigerian movie industry which is the largest in Africa and third largest in the world also known as Nollywood.
This socio-culture is the largest christian stronghold of Nigeria as almost everyone is a christian and muslim adherents are extremely few to non-existent.
Politically, they have been the most disadvantaged majority group in Nigeria, largely owing to the loss of the Nigerian civil war.

The setbacks and negative stereotypes of this socio-culture by other Nigerians are extreme greed characterized by a high tendency for crime and criminal activities of which fake productions/imitations, international drug smugling, baby factories e.t.c are the most widely known.

Arrogance, rudeness, hostility, pride and disrespect to others which is interpreted as 'bravery, outspokenness and competitiveness' by them are also included and this is readily seen by the hatred and disdain for the people of this socio-culture by all other Nigerians of different socio-cultures.

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Re: The 10 Unofficial Socio-cultural Regions Of Nigeria by Nowenuse: 5:48pm On Dec 30, 2019
4) THE '2ND LANGUAGE HAUSA SPEAKING' CHRISTIANS OF THE UPPER MIDDLEBELT AND CORE-NORTH.
(around 25 million people).

This is the largest 'minority ethnic group' socio-culture in Nigeria and it comprises of people from about 200 different ethnic groups who are related to each other and have evolved a somewhat similar socio-culture over the decades.
This is probably the most ethnically diverse region in Africa and majority of Nigeria's so called 'over 250 ethnic groups' which most people do not believe exists, are actually found here.

Some of the largest ethnic groups within this region are the Berom, Kataf, Bajju, Jukun, Tarok, Eggon-Mada, Mumuye, Ngas, Gbagyi, Bachama, Kilba, Marghi, Kambari, Dakarkari, Sayawa, Karekare, Tangale, Chamba, Bura e.t.c

The people of this socio-culture dominate the states of Plateau, Taraba and the FCT, 40- 60% of the population of Nasarawa, Adamawa, Kaduna (Southern Kaduna) & Gombe (Southern Gombe) states, 20-30% of Kebbi, Borno, Bauchi (the southern parts) and Niger (the northern & Eastern parts) states, then around 10% of Yobe state (Yobe south).
You also have the indigenous Hausa-fulani Christians who number a few millions and could be tagged along this socio-culture. They are mostly found in Zaria (northern Kaduna), Kano & Katsina.

The people of this socio-culture are largely misindentified as Hausa fulanis or Hausa Christians by most Southerners who could and still hardly can tell the difference between these people and the core-northern muslims.
The inability to make out this difference may not be entirely blamed on Southerners as most of the people of this socio-culture speak Hausa as a fluent 2nd language, sometimes answer Hausa names and have somewhat been in political alliance with the core-northern muslims from time to time.

The people of this socio-culture are very good farmers and together with the people of Benue are the food basket of the nation. They supply majority of the farmed food products in Nigeria.

The people of this socio-culture have a very strong influence in the Federal civil service and military/para-military forces through which they had a strong influence in the politics of the nation during the era of military rule.

The people of this socio-culture are the most friendly and welcoming people in Nigeria who hardly discriminate against anyone except the neighbouring Hausa fulanis whom they have been having territorial and expansionist problems with for the last decades.

The people of this socio-culture are the least materialistic group and most law abiding citizens of Nigeria and that is why the people of this socio-culture have the lowest criminality records in Nigeria. Very common crimes all over Nigeria like kidnapping, ritual killings, 419, Yahoo Yahoo (internet fraud), fake products, drug smuggling e.t.c are almost unheard of among the indigenes of this socio-culture.

The setbacks and negative stereotypes of this socio-culture are extreme socialism which other more capitalistic socio-cultures see as laziness. The people of this socio-culture appear to be the worst group of business people in Nigeria, they appear not to be good in business at all.

Drunkenness and high sexual laxity/looseness is also included.
Naivety and lack of direction as a people is also a major problem. They appear as the largest group of politically 'directionless' people in Nigeria.

Loss of language and culture as most of the minority indigenous languages of this socio-culture face serious threats of extinction due to the wide usage of Hausa language as a lingua franca.



5) THE WESTERN NIGER-DELTANS OR WESTERN SOUTHERN MINORITIES
(around 15 million people).

These are southern Nigerian minority ethnic groups. The Urhobos, Binis, Ijaws, Isokos, Esans, Ogonis and Afemais who dominate Edo, Delta, Bayelsa and the southern part of Rivers State. They have evolved an urban and social culture which tends to be quite different from the Eastern Niger-deltans or Eastern Southern minorities of Akwa-Ibom & Cross River states.

For starters, this is the pidgin English capital of Nigeria and Africa. The widely spoken and funny pidgin or broken English which has become the defacto lingua franca of Nigeria and spread to other parts of West Africa originates from this area and has it's vocabulary readily and regularly updated by the people of this socio-culture.

The mastery of this language has given the people of this socio-culture an advantage of naturally being the funniest group of people in Nigeria. They have produced the best and most numerous successful comedians in Nigeria. They can be called the pioneers of the comedy industry in Nigeria.

The people of this socio-culture are also very naturally down to earth, funny, friendly and social, hence they also have a strong presence in the entertainment industry and have produced numerous successful singers and actors.

The people of this socio-culture are fairly good to very good in Business, Education and Religion where they have a strong influence in Pentecostal Christianity.
They are the most influential minority group socio-culture in Nigeria and this is enhanced by their territory being heavily blessed with Crude oil & gas (Nigeria's major income source).

The setbacks and negative stereotypes of this socio-culture are tendencies of being very loud, naturally aggressive, insulting, quarrelsome, troublesome and wild.
This nature seems to have given birth to a culture of militancy which could be interpreted as self-determination on their parts.

A culture of thuggery and a strong sense of self entitlement to crude oil ownership has evolved a culture of extortion whereby non-indigenous peoples and businesses are being exorbitantly extorted and financially molested by the locals in their hometowns (deve money).

Witchcraft, Human trafficking and prostitution on an international scale by a section of the people of this socio-culture (Edo) is also included.
Drunkenness and drug abuse are also included and this is evident in the local manufacture and wide consumption of renowned dangerous local brews and drug mixtures like 'Ogogoro', 'monkey tail' e.t.c.

Loss of language is also included as pidgin English is rapidly replacing the indigenous minority languages as the mother tongues of the people.



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Above are the 5 main socio-cultures of Nigeria. The remaining 5 socio-cultures below appear more or less like an appendage or hybrid socio-culture of the 5 socio-cultures above.
Their positives and negatives are basically the same with those above or are like a combination or retraction of that of the major socio-cultures above. They can hardly stand on their own, but it will not be fair to group them under the socio-cultures above because their people have some uniqueness they have evolved overtime and they may/will also reject outright classifications under the subcultures above.



6) THE CHRISTIANS FROM TRIBES OF THE LOWER MIDDLEBELT
(around 10 million people).

These are basically the Tivs, Idomas, Igedes and Christians of Igala, Egbirra, Nupe & Bariba extraction.
They form the majority of Benue state and a minority of Kogi, Kwara & Niger (Niger south).
They (Tivs in particular) are also found in extreme southern tips of Nasarawa & Taraba, but they are sometimes regarded as settlers in both states and do integrate completely with the number (4) socio-culture in both states.

The major difference between this socio-culture and that of the number (4) is the use of Hausa language as a lingua franca in the latter.
The people of this socio-culture have not been influenced by the spread of Hausa language as a lingua franca or 2nd language in spite of being politically classified as Northern Nigerians since the beginning of colonialism.
This can be said to be as a result of the larger size of their ethnic groups, their richer and stronger cultures, and their closeness, strong cultural similarities and shared ancestries with the ethnic groups of Southern Nigeria.
Sometimes, one wonders how these people found themselves classified as Northern Nigerians, because they share almost nothing in common with other northerners and so much more in common culturally, historically and ancestrally with Southern Nigerians.

Pre independence and some decades post independence, the people of this socio-culture were heavily being tied and gradually drifting towards the number (2) and (4) socio-cultures. This was because they had their regional and subsequent state capitals in Kaduna, Jos & Ilorin which were largely dominated by the number (2) and (4) socio-cultures. Thus they were migrating to these urban areas and becoming gradually absorbed in these dominant socio-cultures.

This trend was largely reversed or curtailed with the creation of Benue & Kogi states.

This socio-culture is like a hybrid between socio-culture number (4) and the Southern socio-cultures or it could be reversely said that socio-culture number (4) is the hybrid between this socio-culture and that of number 1 (the core-northern muslims).

The addition and subtraction of the positives and negatives of the socio-culture of the Christians of the Upper middlebelt (4) and that of Southern socio-cultures are the positives and negatives of this socio-culture.

For example, the people of this socio-culture are more educated, widely travelled and capitalistic than the Upper middlebelt Christians, at the same time have more criminal tendencies, tend to be more materialistic, aggressive and tribalistic than the Upper middlebelt Christians.
They are far less criminally minded and more law abiding than Southern Nigerians, at same time less educated and less travelled/exposed as Southern Nigerians. They are basically a hybrid.

This has somehow made the people of this socio-culture the most misidentified people in Nigeria.
Many Southerners still ignorantly address them as Hausas when they naturally speak no word of Hausa unless they learn it as a foreign language same way Southerners learn it and have absolutely nothing in common with Hausas
WHILE
Core-northern muslims easily see and address the people of this socio-culture as Inyamiri (Igbos/Southerners) because to the average core-northern muslim, it is impossible to not speak Hausa language and still be a Northerner.
Re: The 10 Unofficial Socio-cultural Regions Of Nigeria by LegendHer0: 6:51pm On Dec 30, 2019
Nowenuse nice one.

Although there is still some imbalance and the use of unverifiable facts in the analysis but you did a nice job bringing this up.

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Re: The 10 Unofficial Socio-cultural Regions Of Nigeria by Danzakidakura(m): 7:28pm On Dec 30, 2019
Stupid and bias write up. Igbos in Nigeria are more that 55 million people, in all the 36 states igbos are the second largest tribe after the indigene not to talk of igbos in diaspora

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Re: The 10 Unofficial Socio-cultural Regions Of Nigeria by MyopicMods: 7:39pm On Dec 30, 2019
2) THE YORUBA SOCIO-CULTURE
(around 40 million people).
This is the 2nd largest socio-cultural space in Nigeria, primarily located in the South-west and parts of the North-central geopolitical zones.
This socio-culture encapsulates the states of Lagos, Oyo, Osun, Ondo, Ekiti, Ogun and the majority of Kwara and Kogi West.
Lagos, the largest city in Nigeria being dominated by this socio-culture has seen to the cultural absorption of other peoples who are non-native to this region.
The people of this socio-culture are almost evenly divided religiously between muslims and christians, yet it is very peaceful and religion has not been able to divide this socio-culture unlike is seen in the North where religion is the major determinant of socio-cultural space.
The people of this socio-culture are the pioneers of western education and Pentecostal Christianity in Nigeria and this can readily be seen by the greatest concentration of not just universities but the best universities in Nigeria and the headquarters of most Pentecostal churches in Nigeria, thereby making it the center of religious tourism.
The people of this socio-culture are very very social, down to earth and very lively, little wonder they throw the best, most colorful and biggest parties in Nigeria and produce the best and most numerous music entertainers.
This socio-culture emphasizes the most on respect for elders and traditional authorities in Nigeria and the people of this socio-culture hold on to tradition the most among all others. This can be seen by the fact that native and tribal names are most held unto by these people unlike other parts of Nigeria where religious names and ridiculous western names have taken over.
You almost can never find anybody in this socio-culture answering a full official name like IBRAHIM MUSTAPHA AHMED or CHRISTIANA JOHN CHRISTOPHER as is sadly very rampant among all the other socio-cultures of Nigeria that one begins to wonder if the other peoples of Nigeria are an African people or they are probably an Arabic people or descendants of the Holy Roman empire.
The setbacks and negative stereotypes of this socio-culture by other Nigerians are strong fetish practices and beliefs which have seen to an upsurge of ritual killings.
Strong tribalism and tribal ignorance, for example, people of this socio-culture appear to be the only ones who do not acknowledge the existence of minority groups in Nigeria, hence it appears to them that every Southern minority from after Ore down to Calabar is seen as an Omo-Igbo while every Northern minority from after Lokoja/Ilorin is seen as a Hausa, which is very wrong and myopic.

Cowardice, treachery/backstabbing & extravagancy (in lavish partying) are also included.
Thuggery culture which manifests in various forms like Agbero (motor park touts), Owomida, Omo-onile are also included.

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Re: The 10 Unofficial Socio-cultural Regions Of Nigeria by cheruv: 8:18pm On Dec 30, 2019
OP... I must say that you did a great job... Your assessments were simply on point!

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Re: The 10 Unofficial Socio-cultural Regions Of Nigeria by Armaggedon: 8:27pm On Dec 30, 2019
you didn't specify what you mean by "sociocultural regions" with a set of criteria. well taking that to mean a group of people that share more in common that they have apart In terms of religions, culture and tradition, I'll say we have four of such regions.
1) the Northwest and northeast parts of the country homeland to Hausa, kanuri etc under the grip of Fulani and radical Islam and bounded by emirate system and Hausa language and mid-eastern culture.

2) central nigeria. homeland to tiv, junkun, nupe, birom, gwari, northern igala, nasarawa and southern Kaduna area and plateau area. this region is bounded by kingship system , agro based culture, Christianity and moderate islam

3) south west nigeria homeland to Yoruba's eguns Edo's arogbos and itshekiri. with their chiefdoms and monarchies ,Yoruba related language and culture and their mixture of Pentecostal Christianity, Islam and paganism.

4)Eastern Nigeria or south east - homeland to Igbo's, Ibibio/efik/annang, ijaw,idoma/igede and southern igala bounded by Igbo related cultures, judeo-christian values, Chiefdoms and kindred system.
Re: The 10 Unofficial Socio-cultural Regions Of Nigeria by PDJT: 8:29pm On Dec 30, 2019
-Good try. I’d give you a pass (C).

-But Ndi’Igbo at 35 million is a crime against humanity. I agree, Nigeria anti-Igbo unwritten policy has persuaded many Igbos to leave Nigeria all together, but 35 million? Nope.

-Meanwhile, all these baby-factory businesses I keep hearing, where exactly are they located in Ala-Igbo?

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Re: The 10 Unofficial Socio-cultural Regions Of Nigeria by PDJT: 8:30pm On Dec 30, 2019
Dedetwo:


I suggest that your tribe dream of the what so-called defeated tribe attempted to do in the shithole called Nigeria. If this Nigeria is what your so-called tribe fought to maintain, it is safe to say I had rather be defeated in attempt to change it than fight to maintain the status of a shithole.

-Truer words have never been spoken.

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Re: The 10 Unofficial Socio-cultural Regions Of Nigeria by sweetonugbu: 9:01pm On Dec 30, 2019
IGBO people 35 million people.funny

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Re: The 10 Unofficial Socio-cultural Regions Of Nigeria by Bazamfare: 9:14pm On Dec 30, 2019
"The people of this socio-culture are very good farmers and together with the people of Benue are the food basket of the nation. They supply majority of the farmed food products in Nigeria."

You are clearly delusional, hallucinating and far from reality for you to have spewed this trash!! I wonder where and how you got to this conclusion.. the only farmed food the MB produces in large proportion more than the core northern states is "Yam", cultivated mostly in Benue and Nassarawa State

The core northern states produces by far 80% of farmed food, crops, agriculture etc

You should try to get these facts straight, instead of trying to insult our sensibility, because Benue is regard as "food basket" doesnt mean that they produce most farm foods!!

rice, garlic, onion, tomatoes, pepper, wheat, maize, beans etc are all products produced by mainly core northern states of kaduna, kano, bauchi, zamfara, kebbi etc.. so I wonder where u get all these information from!!

https://agronewsng.com/nigerian-states-and-their-agricultural-products/

https://www.nairaland.com/2521578/nigerian-states-what-produce

https://www.finelib.com/about/nigeria-cash-crops/7
Nowenuse:
4) THE '2ND LANGUAGE HAUSA SPEAKING' CHRISTIANS OF THE UPPER MIDDLEBELT AND CORE-NORTH.
(around 25 million people).

This is the largest 'minority ethnic group' socio-culture in Nigeria and it comprises of people from about 200 different ethnic groups who are related to each other and have evolved a somewhat similar socio-culture over the decades.
This is probably the most ethnically diverse region in Africa and majority of Nigeria's so called 'over 250 ethnic groups' which most people do not believe exists, are actually found here.

Some of the largest ethnic groups within this region are the Berom, Kataf, Bajju, Jukun, Tarok, Eggon-Mada, Mumuye, Ngas, Gbagyi, Bachama, Kilba, Marghi, Kambari, Dakarkari, Sayawa, Karekare, Tangale, Chamba, Bura e.t.c

The people of this socio-culture dominate the states of Plateau, Taraba and the FCT, 40- 60% of the population of Nasarawa, Adamawa, Kaduna (Southern Kaduna) & Gombe (Southern Gombe) states, 20-30% of Kebbi, Borno, Bauchi (the southern parts) and Niger (the northern & Eastern parts) states, then around 10% of Yobe state (Yobe south).
You also have the indigenous Hausa-fulani Christians who number a few millions and could be tagged along this socio-culture. They are mostly found in Zaria (northern Kaduna), Kano & Katsina.

The people of this socio-culture are largely misindentified as Hausa fulanis or Hausa Christians by most Southerners who could and still hardly can tell the difference between these people and the core-northern muslims.
The inability to make out this difference may not be entirely blamed on Southerners as most of the people of this socio-culture speak Hausa as a fluent 2nd language, sometimes answer Hausa names and have somewhat been in political alliance with the core-northern muslims from time to time.

The people of this socio-culture are very good farmers and together with the people of Benue are the food basket of the nation. They supply majority of the farmed food products in Nigeria.

The people of this socio-culture have a very strong influence in the Federal civil service and military/para-military forces through which they had a strong influence in the politics of the nation during the era of military rule.

The people of this socio-culture are the most friendly and welcoming people in Nigeria who hardly discriminate against anyone except the neighbouring Hausa fulanis whom they have been having territorial and expansionist problems with for the last decades.

The people of this socio-culture are the least materialistic group and most law abiding citizens of Nigeria and that is why the people of this socio-culture have the lowest criminality records in Nigeria. Very common crimes all over Nigeria like kidnapping, ritual killings, 419, Yahoo Yahoo (internet fraud), fake products, drug smuggling e.t.c are almost unheard of among the indigenes of this socio-culture.

The setbacks and negative stereotypes of this socio-culture are extreme socialism which other more capitalistic socio-cultures see as laziness. The people of this socio-culture appear to be the worst group of business people in Nigeria, they appear not to be good in business at all.

Drunkenness and high sexual laxity/looseness is also included.
Naivety and lack of direction as a people is also a major problem. They appear as the largest group of politically 'directionless' people in Nigeria.

Loss of language and culture as most of the minority indigenous languages of this socio-culture face serious threats of extinction due to the wide usage of Hausa language as a lingua franca.



5) THE WESTERN NIGER-DELTANS OR WESTERN SOUTHERN MINORITIES
(around 15 million people).

These are southern Nigerian minority ethnic groups. The Urhobos, Binis, Ijaws, Isokos, Esans, Ogonis and Afemais who dominate Edo, Delta, Bayelsa and the southern part of Rivers State. They have evolved an urban and social culture which tends to be quite different from the Eastern Niger-deltans or Eastern Southern minorities of Akwa-Ibom & Cross River states.

For starters, this is the pidgin English capital of Nigeria and Africa. The widely spoken and funny pidgin or broken English which has become the defacto lingua franca of Nigeria and spread to other parts of West Africa originates from this area and has it's vocabulary readily and regularly updated by the people of this socio-culture.

The mastery of this language has given the people of this socio-culture an advantage of naturally being the funniest group of people in Nigeria. They have produced the best and most numerous successful comedians in Nigeria. They can be called the pioneers of the comedy industry in Nigeria.

The people of this socio-culture are also very naturally down to earth, funny, friendly and social, hence they also have a strong presence in the entertainment industry and have produced numerous successful singers and actors.

The people of this socio-culture are fairly good to very good in Business, Education and Religion where they have a strong influence in Pentecostal Christianity.
They are the most influential minority group socio-culture in Nigeria and this is enhanced by their territory being heavily blessed with Crude oil & gas (Nigeria's major income source).

The setbacks and negative stereotypes of this socio-culture are tendencies of being very loud, naturally aggressive, insulting, quarrelsome, troublesome and wild.
This nature seems to have given birth to a culture of militancy which could be interpreted as self-determination on their parts.

A culture of thuggery and a strong sense of self entitlement to crude oil ownership has evolved a culture of extortion whereby non-indigenous peoples and businesses are being exorbitantly extorted and financially molested by the locals in their hometowns (deve money).

Witchcraft, Human trafficking and prostitution on an international scale by a section of the people of this socio-culture (Edo) is also included.
Drunkenness and drug abuse are also included and this is evident in the local manufacture and wide consumption of renowned dangerous local brews and drug mixtures like 'Ogogoro', 'monkey tail' e.t.c.

Loss of language is also included as pidgin English is rapidly replacing the indigenous minority languages as the mother tongues of the people.



00)
Above are the 5 main socio-cultures of Nigeria. The remaining 5 socio-cultures below appear more or less like an appendage or hybrid socio-culture of the 5 socio-cultures above.
Their positives and negatives are basically the same with those above or are like a combination or retraction of that of the major socio-cultures above. They can hardly stand on their own, but it will not be fair to group them under the socio-cultures above because their people have some uniqueness they have evolved overtime and they may/will also reject outright classifications under the subcultures above.



6) THE CHRISTIANS FROM TRIBES OF THE LOWER MIDDLEBELT
(around 10 million people).

These are basically the Tivs, Idomas, Igedes and Christians of Igala, Egbirra, Nupe & Bariba extraction.
They form the majority of Benue state and a minority of Kogi, Kwara & Niger (Niger south).
They (Tivs in particular) are also found in extreme southern tips of Nasarawa & Taraba, but they are sometimes regarded as settlers in both states and do integrate completely with the number (4) socio-culture in both states.

The major difference between this socio-culture and that of the number (4) is the use of Hausa language as a lingua franca in the latter.
The people of this socio-culture have not been influenced by the spread of Hausa language as a lingua franca or 2nd language in spite of being politically classified as Northern Nigerians since the beginning of colonialism.
This can be said to be as a result of the larger size of their ethnic groups, their richer and stronger cultures, and their closeness, strong cultural similarities and shared ancestries with the ethnic groups of Southern Nigeria.
Sometimes, one wonders how these people found themselves classified as Northern Nigerians, because they share almost nothing in common with other northerners and so much more in common culturally, historically and ancestrally with Southern Nigerians.

Pre independence and some decades post independence, the people of this socio-culture were heavily being tied and gradually drifting towards the number (2) and (4) socio-cultures. This was because they had their regional and subsequent state capitals in Kaduna, Jos & Ilorin which were largely dominated by the number (2) and (4) socio-cultures. Thus they were migrating to these urban areas and becoming gradually absorbed in these dominant socio-cultures.

This trend was largely reversed or curtailed with the creation of Benue & Kogi states.

This socio-culture is like a hybrid between socio-culture number (4) and the Southern socio-cultures or it could be reversely said that socio-culture number (4) is the hybrid between this socio-culture and that of number 1 (the core-northern muslims).

The addition and subtraction of the positives and negatives of the socio-culture of the Christians of the Upper middlebelt (4) and that of Southern socio-cultures are the positives and negatives of this socio-culture.

For example, the people of this socio-culture are more educated, widely travelled and capitalistic than the Upper middlebelt Christians, at the same time have more criminal tendencies, tend to be more materialistic, aggressive and tribalistic than the Upper middlebelt Christians.
They are far less criminally minded and more law abiding than Southern Nigerians, at same time less educated and less travelled/exposed as Southern Nigerians. They are basically a hybrid.

This has somehow made the people of this socio-culture the most misidentified people in Nigeria.
Many Southerners still ignorantly address them as Hausas when they naturally speak no word of Hausa unless they learn it as a foreign language same way Southerners learn it and have absolutely nothing in common with Hausas
WHILE
Core-northern muslims easily see and address the people of this socio-culture as Inyamiri (Igbos/Southerners) because to the average core-northern muslim, it is impossible to not speak Hausa language and still be a Northerner.

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Re: The 10 Unofficial Socio-cultural Regions Of Nigeria by mauriceju2(m): 9:54pm On Dec 30, 2019
Igbo are more than 50 million in Nigeria
Igbo outside Igbo Land?
Igbo outside Nigeria ?
Igbo may even be more than others tribe in Nigeria if justice is done
I'm not seeing plainty Hausa and Yoruba outside their ancestral lands like the Igbos
Igbos are everywhere in large numbers
You cannot deny this one

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Re: The 10 Unofficial Socio-cultural Regions Of Nigeria by karfe(m): 12:31am On Dec 31, 2019
1. THE CORE-NORTHERN MUSLIM

2. THE YORUBA

3. THE SOUTHEAST IGBO

4. THE '2ND LANGUAGE HAUSA SPEAKING' CHRISTIANS OF THE UPPER MIDDLEBELT AND CORE-NORTH

5. THE WESTERN NIGER-DELTANS OR WESTERN SOUTHERN MINORITIES

6. THE CHRISTIANS FROM TRIBES OF THE LOWER MIDDLEBELT

Great job Nowenuse. Awaiting the other four groups... Keep going
Re: The 10 Unofficial Socio-cultural Regions Of Nigeria by saintvc(m): 3:42am On Dec 31, 2019
Danzakidakura:
Stupid and bias write up. Igbos in Nigeria are more that 55 million people, in all the 36 states igbos are the second largest tribe after the indigene not to talk of igbos in diaspora

He was right, Igbo's are rude

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Re: The 10 Unofficial Socio-cultural Regions Of Nigeria by saintvc(m): 3:44am On Dec 31, 2019
PDJT:
-Good try. I’d give you a pass (C).

-But Ndi’Igbo at 35 million is a crime against humanity. I agree, Nigeria anti-Igbo unwritten policy has persuaded many Igbos to leave Nigeria all together, but 35 million? Nope.

-Meanwhile, all these baby-factory businesses I keep hearing, where exactly are they located in Ala-Igbo?

you stingy.upon everything na C you give am. if you be lecturer, your go sabi fail student.

op, I give you A
Re: The 10 Unofficial Socio-cultural Regions Of Nigeria by agadez007(m): 7:06am On Dec 31, 2019
pls add that Yorubas kill their girlfriends and eat their hearts together with their mother to get rich

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Re: The 10 Unofficial Socio-cultural Regions Of Nigeria by NNEWIsuper: 7:19am On Dec 31, 2019
Stupid nonsensical nonsense...you included the Yorubas in Kwara and Kogi who are not even real Yoruba and excluded the Igbos in Rivers, Delta, Akwa Ibom Nd Cross River.. nonsense list

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Re: The 10 Unofficial Socio-cultural Regions Of Nigeria by Captainrambo2: 7:25am On Dec 31, 2019
NNEWIsuper:
Stupid nonsensical nonsense...you included the Yorubas in Kwara and Kogi who are not even real Yoruba and excluded the Igbos in Rivers, Delta, Akwa Ibom Nd Cross River.. nonsense list
stop crying more than the bereaved. Let the igbos from rivers delta and other places do the crying.


If you re igbo, you re disgracing igbo

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Re: The 10 Unofficial Socio-cultural Regions Of Nigeria by Basic123: 7:37am On Dec 31, 2019
Captainrambo2:
stop crying more than the bereaved. Let the igbos from rivers delta and other places do the crying.


If you re igbo, you re disgracing igbo
The OP added that they could be very rude and arrogant ! grin

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Re: The 10 Unofficial Socio-cultural Regions Of Nigeria by Basic123: 7:38am On Dec 31, 2019
well,I don't think Igbo (s) are the pioneers of Nigerian movies.

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Re: The 10 Unofficial Socio-cultural Regions Of Nigeria by Ndibunna: 7:45am On Dec 31, 2019
Basic123:

The OP added that they could be very rude and arrogant ! grin


And you forgot Op added this for yorubas


Cowardice, treachery/backstabbing & extravagancy (in lavish partying) are also included.
Thuggery culture which manifests in various forms like Agbero (motor park touts), Owomida, Omo-onile are also included.



I wonder which one is more soothing

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Re: The 10 Unofficial Socio-cultural Regions Of Nigeria by orisa37: 8:26am On Dec 31, 2019
Danzakidakura:
Stupid and bias write up. Igbos in Nigeria are more that 55 million people, in all the 36 states igbos are the second largest tribe after the indigene not to talk of igbos in diaspora




Nowenuse is a Mercenary FULANI sponsored.
Re: The 10 Unofficial Socio-cultural Regions Of Nigeria by orisa37: 8:39am On Dec 31, 2019
Sponsored Write-up and sounds Bokoharamish. A project of a Repentant Bokoharam Undergraduate at NOUN. It's another Ruga Agent. Fulanis scheming for Heritage and Territories.

Nigerians beware.

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Re: The 10 Unofficial Socio-cultural Regions Of Nigeria by orisa37: 8:52am On Dec 31, 2019
Fulanis vs Other Tribes. The Write up stinks. The Fulanis are from Futa Jalon. They must be driven back to the Desert.
IS THAT WHY BUHARI DOESN'T WANT FULL AUTONOMY OF POLICING RESOURCING AND ELECTIONEERING CONTROL FOR OUR 36 CONSTITUTIONAL STATES AND KEEPS BEATING ABOUT?
Re: The 10 Unofficial Socio-cultural Regions Of Nigeria by orisa37: 9:04am On Dec 31, 2019
2020 Jan 1st, Our 36 CONSTITUTIONAL STATES MUST all ASSUME FULL AUTONOMY OF POLICING RESOURCING AND ELECTIONEERING CONTROL

BEFORE BUHARI CARRIES

THE YORUBAS,

THE IGBOS,

THE TIVS,

THE IJAWS,

THE JUKUNS,

THE IBIBIOS ETC

BACK TO FUTA JALON.

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