Tribes in Nigeria: The Full List

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Written By Oluwaseun Ayo

 

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In case you don’t know, Nigeria has more than 350 tribes, and this article reveals the list of all the tribes in Nigeria.

Specifically, this list contains 384 names of different tribes arranged in alphabetical order. In addition, the states in the country where each is found are also included.

Tribes in Nigeria

The Full List of Tribes in Nigeria

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Tribes in Nigeria are so many that it seems pretty impossible to list them all, but we’ve tried our best, and the following are the names of all tribes in Nigeria and their states:

1. Abayon – Cross River State

2. Abua (Odual) – Rivers State

3. Achipa (Achipawa) – Kebbi State

4. Adara (Kadara) – Kaduna State, Niger State

5. Affade – Yobe State

6. Afizere – Plateau State

7. Afo (Eloyi) – Nasarawa State

8. Agbo – Cross River State

9. Akaju-Ndem (Akajuk) – Cross River State

10. Akweya-Yachi – Benue State

11. Alago (Arago) – Nasarawa State

12. Amo – Plateau State

13. Anaguta – Plateau State

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14. Anang – Akwa Ibom State

15. Andoni – Akwa Ibom State, Rivers State

16. Ankwei – Plateau State

17. Anyima – Cross River State

18. Atyap (Kataf/Katab, Attakar, Kagoro, Kafanchan, Marwa/Manchok) – Kaduna State

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19. Auyoka (Sub-Hausa) – Jigawa State

20. Awori – Lagos State, Ogun State

22. Ayu – Kaduna State

23. Bura-Pabir – Adamawa State, Borno State, Yobe State

24. Bachama – Adamawa State

25. Bachere – Cross River State

26. Bada – Plateau State

27. Bade – Yobe State

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28. Baggara Arabs – Borno State

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29. Bahumono – Cross River State

30. Bakulung – Taraba State

31. Bali – Taraba State

32. Bambora (Bambarawa) – Bauchi State

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33. Bambuko – Taraba State

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34. Bajju (Kaje, Kajji) – Kaduna State

35. Banda (Bandawa) – Taraba State

36. Banka (Bankalawa) – Bauchi State

37. Banso (Panso) – Adamawa State

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38. Bara (Barawa) – Bauchi State

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39. Barke – Bauchi State

40. Baruba (Batonu) – Kwara State, Niger State

41. Bashiri (Bashirawa) – Plateau State

42. Bassa – Kaduna State, Kogi State, Niger State, Plateau State

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43. Batta – Adamawa State

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44. Baushi – Niger State

45. Baya – Adamawa State

46. Bekwarra – Cross River

47. Bele (Buli, Belewa) – Bauchi State

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48. Berom (Birom) – Plateau State

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49. Betso (Bete) – Taraba State

50. Bette – Cross River State

51. Bilei – Adamawa State

52. Bille – Rivers State

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53. Bina (Binawa)  – Kaduna State

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54. Bini (Edo) – Edo State

55. Bobua – Taraba State

56. Boki (Nki) – Cross River State

57. Bokkos – Plateau State

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58. Boko (Bussawa, Bargawa) – Niger State

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59. Bole (Bolewa)  – Bauchi State, Gombe State, Yobe State

60. Botlere – Adamawa State

61. Boma (Bomawa, Burmano)  – Bauchi State

62. Bomboro – Bauchi State

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63. Buduma – Borno State,

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64. Buji – Plateau State

65. Buli – Bauchi State

66. Bunu – Kogi State

67. Bura-Pabir – Adamawa State, Borno State, Yobe State

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68. Burak – Bauchi State

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69. Burma (Burmawa) – Plateau State

70. Buru – Yobe State

71. Buta (Butawa) – Bauchi State

72. Bwall – Plateau State

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73. Bwatiye – Adamawa State

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74. Bwazza  – Adamawa State

75. Challa – Plateau State

76. Chama (Chamawa Fitilai) – Bauchi State

77. Chamba – Taraba State

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78. Chamo – Bauchi State

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79. Chibok (Kibaku people) – Borno State, Yobe State

80. Chinine  – Borno State

81. Chip – Plateau State

82. Chokobo – Plateau State

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83. Chukkol – Taraba State

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84. Daba – Adamawa State

85. Dadiya – Bauchi State

86. Daka – Adamawa State

87. Dakarkari – Kebbi State, Niger State

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88. Danda (Dandawa) – Kebbi State

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89. Dangsa  – Taraba State

90. Daza (Dere, Derewa) – Bauchi State

91. Deno (Denawa) – Bauchi State

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92. Dghwede – Borno State

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93. Diba – Taraba State

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94. Doemak (Dumuk) – Plateau State

95. Ouguri – Bauchi State

96. Duka (Dukawa) – Kebbi State

97. Dundudun (Dunka) – Taraba State

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98. Duma (Dumawa) – Bauchi State

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99. Ebana (Ebani) – Rivers State

100 Ebira – Edo State, Kogi State, Ondo State

101. Ebu – Edo State, Kogi State

102. Efik – Cross River State

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103. Egbema – Rivers State

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104. Egede (Igede) – Benue State, Cross River State

105. Eggon – Nasarawa State

106. Egun (Gu) – Lagos State, Ogun State

107. Ejagham – Cross River State

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108. Ekajuk – Cross River State

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109. Eket – Akwa Ibom

110. Ekoi – Cross River State

111. Ekpeye – Rivers State

112. Engenni (Ngene) – Rivers State

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113. Epie – Bayelsa State

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114. Esan (Ishan) – Edo State

115. Esit Ekid – Akwa Ibom State

116. Etche -Rivers State

117. Etolu (Etilo) – Benue State

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118. Etsako – Edo State

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119. Etung – Cross River State

120. Etuno – Edo State

121. Palli – Adamawa State

122. Fulani (Fulbe) – Adamawa State, Bauchi State, Borno State, Gombe State, Jigawa State, Kaduna State, Kano State, Katsina State, Kebbi State, Kwara State, Niger State, Plateau State, Sokoto State, Taraba State, Yobe State, Zamfara State

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123. Fyam (Fyem) – Plateau State

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124. Fyer (Fer) – Plateau State

125. Ga’anda – Adamawa State

126. Gade – Niger State, Nasarawa State

127. Galambi – Bauchi State

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128. Gamergu-Mulgwa – Borno State

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129. Ganawuri – Plateau State

130. Gavako – Borno State

131. Gbedde – Kogi State

132. Gengle – Taraba State

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133. Geji – Bauchi State

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134. Gera (Gere, Gerawa) – Bauchi State

135. Geruma (Gerumawa) – Plateau State, Bauchi State

136. Gingwak – Bauchi State

137. Gira – Adamawa State

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138. Gizigz – Adamawa State

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139. Goemai – Plateau State

140. Gokana (Kana) – Rivers State

141. Gombi – Adamawa State

142. Gornun (Gmun) – Taraba State

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143. Gonia – Taraba State

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144. Gubi (Gubawa) – Bauchi State

145. Gude – Adamawa State

146. Gudu – Adamawa State

147. Gure – Kaduna State

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148. Gurmana – Niger State

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149. Gururntum – Bauchi State

150. Gusu – Plateau State

151. Gwa (Gurawa) – Adamawa State

152. Gwamba – Adamawa State

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153. Gwandara – Kaduna State, Niger State, Federal Capital Territory, Naarawa State

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154. Gwari (Gbagyi) – Kaduna State, Federal Capital Territory Abuja, Nasarawa State, Niger State, Kogi State

155. Gwong (Kagoma) – Kaduna State

156. Gwom – Taraba State

157. Gwoza (Waha) – Borno State

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158. Gyem – Bauchi State

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159. Ham (Hyam, Jaba, Jabba) – Kaduna State

160. Hausa – Bauchi State, Borno State, Jigawa State, Kaduna State, Kano State, Katsina State, Kebbi State, Sokoto State, Taraba State, Adamawa State, Gombe State, Plateau State, Yobe State, Zamfara State

161. Holma – Adamawa State

162. Hona – Adamawa State

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163. Ibani – Rivers State

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164. Ibeno – Akwa Ibom State

165. Ibibio – Akwa Ibom State

166. Ichen – Adamawa State

167. Idoma – Benue State, Cross River State, Kogi State, Nassarawa State

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168. Igala – Kogi State

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169. Igbo – Abia State, Anambra State, Delta State, Ebonyi State, Enugu State, Imo State, Rivers State

170. Ijumu – Kogi State

171. Ika – Delta State, Edo State

172. Ikom – Cross River State

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173. Ikwerre – Rivers State

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174. Irigwe – Plateau State

175. Iman – Akwa Ibom State

176. Isoko – Delta State, Bayelsa State

177. Itsekiri (Isekiri) – Delta State, Edo State, Ogun State

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178. Itu – Akwa Ibom State

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179. Itu Mbio Uso  – Akwa Ibom State

180. Iyala (Iyalla) – Cross River State

181. Izon (Ijaw) – Bayelsa State, Delta State, Edo State, Ondo State, Rivers State

182. Jahuna (Jahunawa) – Taraba State

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183. Jaku – Bauchi State

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184. Jara (Jaar Jarawa Jarawa-Dutse) – Bauchi State

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185. Jere (Jare, Jera, Jera, Jerawa) – Bauchi State, Plateau State

186. Jero – Taraba State

187. Jibu – Adamawa State

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188. Jidda-Abu – Plateau State

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189. Jimbin (Jimbinawa) – Bauchi State

190. Jirai – Adamawa State

191. Joinkrama – Rivers State

192. Jonjo (Jenjo) – Taraba State

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193. Jukun – Bauchi State, Benue State, Plateau State, Taraba State

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194. Kaba (Kabawa) – Taraba State

195. Kalabari – Rivers State

196. Kajuru (Kajurawa) – Kaduna State

197. Kaka – Adamawa State

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198. Kamaku (Karnukawa) – Kaduna State, Kebbi State, Niger State

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199. Kambari – Kebbi State, Niger State

200. Kambu – Adamawa State

201. Kamwe – Adamawa State, Borno State

202. Kanakuru (Dera) – Adamawa State, Borno State

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203. Kanembu – Borno State

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204. Kanikon – Kaduna State

205. Kantana – Plateau State

206. Kanuri – Adamawa State, Borno State, Taraba State, Yobe State

207. Karekare (Karaikarai) – Bauchi State, Yobe State

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208. Karimjo – Taraba State

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209. Kariya – Bauchi State

210. Ke – Rivers State

211. Kenern (Koenoem) – Plateau State

212. Kenton – Taraba State

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213. Kiballo (Kiwollo) – Kaduna State

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214. Kilba – Adamawa State

215. Kirfi (Kirfawa) – Bauchi State

216. Kodei – Taraba State

217. Kona – Taraba State

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218. Kono – Kaduna State

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219. Koro (Kwaro) – Kaduna State, Niger State

220. Kubi (Kubawa) – Bauchi State

221. Kudachano (Kudawa) – Bauchi State

222. Kugama – Taraba State

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223. Kugbo  – Rivers State

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224. Kulere (Kaler) – Plateau State

225. Kunini – Taraba State

226. Kurama(Akurmi) – Kaduna State, Jigawa State

227. Kurdul  – Adamawa State

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228. Kushi – Bauchi State

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229. Kuteb – Taraba State

230. Kutin – Taraba State

231. Kwalla – Plateau State

232. Kwami (Kwom) – Bauchi State

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233. Kwanchi – Taraba State

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234. Kadung – Bauchi State, Plateau State

235. Kwaro – Plateau State

236. Kwato – Plateau State

237. Kyenga (Kengawa) – Kebbi State

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238. Laaru (Larawa) – Niger State

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239. Lakka – Adamawa State

240. Lala – Adamawa State

241. Lama – Taraba State

242. Lamja – Taraba State

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243. Lau – Taraba State

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244. Limono – Bauchi State, Plateau State

245. Lopa (Lupa, Lopawa) – Niger State

246. Longuda (Lunguda) – Adamawa State, Bauchi State

247. Mabo – Plateau State

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248. Mada – Kaduna State, Plateau State

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249. Mama – Plateau State

250. Mambilla – Adamawa State

251. Mandara (Wandala) – Borno State

252. Manga (Mangawa) – Yobe State

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253. Margi (Marghi) – Adamawa State, Borno State

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254. Mafa (Mofa) – Adamawa State, Borno State

255. Mbembe – Cross River State, Enugu State

256. Mbol – Adamawa State

257. Mbube – Cross River State

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258. Mbula – Adamawa State

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259. Mbum – Taraba State

260. Memyang (Meryan) – Plateau State

261. Milighili (Mighili) – Plateau State

262. Miya (Miyawa) – Bauchi State

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263. Mobber – Borno State

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264. Montol – Plateau State

265. Moruwa (Moro’a, Morwa) – Kaduna State

266. Muchaila – Adamawa State

267. Mumuye – Taraba State

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268. Mundang – Adamawa State

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269. Munga (Lelau) – Taraba State

270. Munga (Mupang) – Plateau State

271. Mupun – Plateau State

272. Mushere – Plateau State

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273. Mwahavul (Mwaghavul) – Plateau State

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274. Ndoro – Taraba State

275. Ngas (Angas) – Plateau State, Bauchi State

276. Ngizim – Yobe State

277. Ngweshe – (Ndhang.Ngoshe-Ndhang)  Adamawa State, Borno State

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278. Nyiffon – Benue State

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279. Ningi (Ningawa) – Bauchi State

280. Ninzam (Ninzo) – Kaduna State, Plateau State

281. Njayi – Adamawa State

282. Nkim – Cross River State

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283. Nkum – Cross River State

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284. Nokere (Nakere) – Plateau State

285. Nunku – Kaduna State, Plateau State

286. Nupe – Kogi State, Kwara State, Niger State

287. Nyam – Taraba State

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288. Nyandang – Taraba State

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289. Obolo – Rivers State, Akwa Ibom

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290. Ododop – Cross River

291. Ogori – Kogi State

292. Ogoni – Akwa Ibom State, Rivers State

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293. Ogba – Rivers State

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294. Okobo (Okkobor) – Akwa Ibom State

295. Okirika – Rivers State

296. Okpamheri – Edo State

297. Olukumi – Delta State

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298. Oron – Akwa Ibom State Cross River State

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299. Ososo – Edo State

300. Owan – Edo State

301. Owe – Kogi State

302. Oworo  – Kogi State

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303. Pa’a (Pa’awa Afawa) – Bauchi State

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304. Pai – Plateau State

305. Panyam – Taraba State

306. Pero – Bauchi State

307. Pire – Adamawa State

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308. Pkanzom – Taraba State

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309. Poll – Taraba State

310. Polchi Habe – Bauchi State

311. Pongo (Pongu) – Niger State

312. Potopo – Taraba State

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313. Pyapun (Piapung) – Plateau State

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314. Qua – Cross River State

315. Rebina (Rebinawa) – Bauchi State

316. Reshe – Kebbi State, Niger State

317. Rindire (Rendre) – Plateau State

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318. Rishuwa – Kaduna State

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319. Ron – Plateau State

320. Rubu – Niger State

321. Rukuba – Plateau State

322. Rumada – Kaduna State

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323. Rumaya – Kaduna State

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324. Sakbe – Taraba State

325. Sanga – Bauchi State

326. Sate – Taraba State

327. Saya (Sayawa Za’ar) – Bauchi State, Kaduna State, Plateau State

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328. Segidi (Sigidawa) – Bauchi State

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329. Shanga (Shangawa) – Kebbi State

330. Shangawa (ShanKadunagau) – Plateau State

331. Shan-Shan – Plateau State

332. Shira (Shira) – Bauchi State

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333. Shomo – Taraba State

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334. Shuwa – Adamawa State, Borno State, Kaduna State, Yobe State

335. Sikdi – Plateau State

336. Siri (Sirawa) – Bauchi State

337. Srubu (Surubu) – Kaduna State

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338. Sukur – Adamawa State

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339. Sura – Plateau State

340. Tangale – Gombe State

341. Tarok (Yergam) – Plateau State, Taraba State, Nasarawa State

342. Teme – Adamawa State

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343. Tera (Terawa) – Bauchi State, Borno State

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344. Teshena (Teshenawa) – Kano State

345. Tigon – Taraba State

346. Tikar – Taraba State

347. Tiv – Benue State, FCT, Nasarawa State, Niger State, Plateau State, Taraba State

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348. Tula – Gombe State

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349. Tur – Adamawa State

350. Ubbo – Adamawa State

351. Udekeama – Rivers State

352. Ufia – Benue State

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353. Ukelle – Cross River State

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354. Ukwani (Kwale) – Delta State

355. Uncinda – Kaduna State, Kebbi State, Niger State,

356. Uneme (Ineme) – Edo State

357. Ura (Ula) – Niger State

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358. Urhobo – Delta State, Bayelsa State.

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359. Utonkong – Benue State

360. Uwanno (Weppa-Wanno) – Edo State

361. Uyanga – Cross River State

362. Vemgo – Adamawa State

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363. Verre – Adamawa State

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364. Vommi – Taraba State

365. Wagga – Adamawa State

366. Waja – Bauchi State

367. Waka – Taraba State

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368. Warja (Warja) – Bauchi State

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369. Warji – Bauchi State

370. Wurbo – Adamawa State

371. Wurkun – Taraba State

372. Yache – Cross River State

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373. Yagba – Kogi State

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374. Yakurr (Yako) – Cross River State

375. Yalla – Benue State

376. Yandang – Adamawa State, Taraba State

375. Yoruba – Ekiti State, Kogi State, Kwara State, Lagos State, Ogun State, Ondo State, Osun State, Oyo State

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376. Yott – Taraba State

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377. Yumu – Niger State

378. Yungur – Adamawa State

379. Yuom – Plateau State

380. Zabara – Niger State

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381. Zaranda – Bauchi State

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382. Zarma (Zarmawa) – Kebbi State

383. Zayam (Zeam) – Bauchi State

384. Zul (Zulawa) – Bauchi State

Conclusion: Tribes in Nigeria

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Here you have the complete list of all the tribes in Nigeria. Alongside each tribe listed, you have the state(s) they are found in. So, when you visit any state in Nigeria, don’t be surprised by the number of tribes, festivals, and languages you come across.   

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