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

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

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

28. Baggara Arabs – Borno State

29. Bahumono – Cross River State

30. Bakulung – Taraba State

31. Bali – Taraba State

32. Bambora (Bambarawa) – Bauchi State

33. Bambuko – Taraba State

34. Bajju (Kaje, Kajji) – Kaduna State

35. Banda (Bandawa) – Taraba State

36. Banka (Bankalawa) – Bauchi State

37. Banso (Panso) – Adamawa State

38. Bara (Barawa) – Bauchi State

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

43. Batta – Adamawa State

44. Baushi – Niger State

45. Baya – Adamawa State

46. Bekwarra – Cross River

47. Bele (Buli, Belewa) – Bauchi State

48. Berom (Birom) – Plateau State

49. Betso (Bete) – Taraba State

50. Bette – Cross River State

51. Bilei – Adamawa State

52. Bille – Rivers State

53. Bina (Binawa)  – Kaduna State

54. Bini (Edo) – Edo State

55. Bobua – Taraba State

56. Boki (Nki) – Cross River State

57. Bokkos – Plateau State

58. Boko (Bussawa, Bargawa) – Niger State

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

60. Botlere – Adamawa State

61. Boma (Bomawa, Burmano)  – Bauchi State

62. Bomboro – Bauchi State

63. Buduma – Borno State,

64. Buji – Plateau State

65. Buli – Bauchi State

66. Bunu – Kogi State

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

68. Burak – Bauchi State

69. Burma (Burmawa) – Plateau State

70. Buru – Yobe State

71. Buta (Butawa) – Bauchi State

72. Bwall – Plateau State

73. Bwatiye – Adamawa State

74. Bwazza  – Adamawa State

75. Challa – Plateau State

76. Chama (Chamawa Fitilai) – Bauchi State

77. Chamba – Taraba State

78. Chamo – Bauchi State

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

80. Chinine  – Borno State

81. Chip – Plateau State

82. Chokobo – Plateau State

83. Chukkol – Taraba State

84. Daba – Adamawa State

85. Dadiya – Bauchi State

86. Daka – Adamawa State

87. Dakarkari – Kebbi State, Niger State

88. Danda (Dandawa) – Kebbi State

89. Dangsa  – Taraba State

90. Daza (Dere, Derewa) – Bauchi State

91. Deno (Denawa) – Bauchi State

92. Dghwede – Borno State

93. Diba – Taraba State

94. Doemak (Dumuk) – Plateau State

95. Ouguri – Bauchi State

96. Duka (Dukawa) – Kebbi State

97. Dundudun (Dunka) – Taraba State

98. Duma (Dumawa) – Bauchi State

99. Ebana (Ebani) – Rivers State

100 Ebira – Edo State, Kogi State, Ondo State

101. Ebu – Edo State, Kogi State

102. Efik – Cross River State

103. Egbema – Rivers State

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

105. Eggon – Nasarawa State

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

107. Ejagham – Cross River State

108. Ekajuk – Cross River State

109. Eket – Akwa Ibom

110. Ekoi – Cross River State

111. Ekpeye – Rivers State

112. Engenni (Ngene) – Rivers State

113. Epie – Bayelsa State

114. Esan (Ishan) – Edo State

115. Esit Ekid – Akwa Ibom State

116. Etche -Rivers State

117. Etolu (Etilo) – Benue State

118. Etsako – Edo State

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

123. Fyam (Fyem) – Plateau State

124. Fyer (Fer) – Plateau State

125. Ga’anda – Adamawa State

126. Gade – Niger State, Nasarawa State

127. Galambi – Bauchi State

128. Gamergu-Mulgwa – Borno State

129. Ganawuri – Plateau State

130. Gavako – Borno State

131. Gbedde – Kogi State

132. Gengle – Taraba State

133. Geji – Bauchi State

134. Gera (Gere, Gerawa) – Bauchi State

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

136. Gingwak – Bauchi State

137. Gira – Adamawa State

138. Gizigz – Adamawa State

139. Goemai – Plateau State

140. Gokana (Kana) – Rivers State

141. Gombi – Adamawa State

142. Gornun (Gmun) – Taraba State

143. Gonia – Taraba State

144. Gubi (Gubawa) – Bauchi State

145. Gude – Adamawa State

146. Gudu – Adamawa State

147. Gure – Kaduna State

148. Gurmana – Niger State

149. Gururntum – Bauchi State

150. Gusu – Plateau State

151. Gwa (Gurawa) – Adamawa State

152. Gwamba – Adamawa State

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

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

158. Gyem – Bauchi State

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

163. Ibani – Rivers State

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

168. Igala – Kogi State

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

173. Ikwerre – Rivers State

174. Irigwe – Plateau State

175. Iman – Akwa Ibom State

176. Isoko – Delta State, Bayelsa State

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

178. Itu – Akwa Ibom State

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

183. Jaku – Bauchi State

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

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

186. Jero – Taraba State

187. Jibu – Adamawa State

188. Jidda-Abu – Plateau State

189. Jimbin (Jimbinawa) – Bauchi State

190. Jirai – Adamawa State

191. Joinkrama – Rivers State

192. Jonjo (Jenjo) – Taraba State

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

194. Kaba (Kabawa) – Taraba State

195. Kalabari – Rivers State

196. Kajuru (Kajurawa) – Kaduna State

197. Kaka – Adamawa State

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

199. Kambari – Kebbi State, Niger State

200. Kambu – Adamawa State

201. Kamwe – Adamawa State, Borno State

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

203. Kanembu – Borno State

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

208. Karimjo – Taraba State

209. Kariya – Bauchi State

210. Ke – Rivers State

211. Kenern (Koenoem) – Plateau State

212. Kenton – Taraba State

213. Kiballo (Kiwollo) – Kaduna State

214. Kilba – Adamawa State

215. Kirfi (Kirfawa) – Bauchi State

216. Kodei – Taraba State

217. Kona – Taraba State

218. Kono – Kaduna State

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

220. Kubi (Kubawa) – Bauchi State

221. Kudachano (Kudawa) – Bauchi State

222. Kugama – Taraba State

223. Kugbo  – Rivers State

224. Kulere (Kaler) – Plateau State

225. Kunini – Taraba State

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

227. Kurdul  – Adamawa State

228. Kushi – Bauchi State

229. Kuteb – Taraba State

230. Kutin – Taraba State

231. Kwalla – Plateau State

232. Kwami (Kwom) – Bauchi State

233. Kwanchi – Taraba State

234. Kadung – Bauchi State, Plateau State

235. Kwaro – Plateau State

236. Kwato – Plateau State

237. Kyenga (Kengawa) – Kebbi State

238. Laaru (Larawa) – Niger State

239. Lakka – Adamawa State

240. Lala – Adamawa State

241. Lama – Taraba State

242. Lamja – Taraba State

243. Lau – Taraba State

244. Limono – Bauchi State, Plateau State

245. Lopa (Lupa, Lopawa) – Niger State

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

247. Mabo – Plateau State

248. Mada – Kaduna State, Plateau State

249. Mama – Plateau State

250. Mambilla – Adamawa State

251. Mandara (Wandala) – Borno State

252. Manga (Mangawa) – Yobe State

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

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

255. Mbembe – Cross River State, Enugu State

256. Mbol – Adamawa State

257. Mbube – Cross River State

258. Mbula – Adamawa State

259. Mbum – Taraba State

260. Memyang (Meryan) – Plateau State

261. Milighili (Mighili) – Plateau State

262. Miya (Miyawa) – Bauchi State

263. Mobber – Borno State

264. Montol – Plateau State

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

266. Muchaila – Adamawa State

267. Mumuye – Taraba State

268. Mundang – Adamawa State

269. Munga (Lelau) – Taraba State

270. Munga (Mupang) – Plateau State

271. Mupun – Plateau State

272. Mushere – Plateau State

273. Mwahavul (Mwaghavul) – Plateau State

274. Ndoro – Taraba State

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

276. Ngizim – Yobe State

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

278. Nyiffon – Benue State

279. Ningi (Ningawa) – Bauchi State

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

281. Njayi – Adamawa State

282. Nkim – Cross River State

283. Nkum – Cross River State

284. Nokere (Nakere) – Plateau State

285. Nunku – Kaduna State, Plateau State

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

287. Nyam – Taraba State

288. Nyandang – Taraba State

289. Obolo – Rivers State, Akwa Ibom

290. Ododop – Cross River

291. Ogori – Kogi State

292. Ogoni – Akwa Ibom State, Rivers State

293. Ogba – Rivers State

294. Okobo (Okkobor) – Akwa Ibom State

295. Okirika – Rivers State

296. Okpamheri – Edo State

297. Olukumi – Delta State

298. Oron – Akwa Ibom State Cross River State

299. Ososo – Edo State

300. Owan – Edo State

301. Owe – Kogi State

302. Oworo  – Kogi State

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

304. Pai – Plateau State

305. Panyam – Taraba State

306. Pero – Bauchi State

307. Pire – Adamawa State

308. Pkanzom – Taraba State

309. Poll – Taraba State

310. Polchi Habe – Bauchi State

311. Pongo (Pongu) – Niger State

312. Potopo – Taraba State

313. Pyapun (Piapung) – Plateau State

314. Qua – Cross River State

315. Rebina (Rebinawa) – Bauchi State

316. Reshe – Kebbi State, Niger State

317. Rindire (Rendre) – Plateau State

318. Rishuwa – Kaduna State

319. Ron – Plateau State

320. Rubu – Niger State

321. Rukuba – Plateau State

322. Rumada – Kaduna State

323. Rumaya – Kaduna State

324. Sakbe – Taraba State

325. Sanga – Bauchi State

326. Sate – Taraba State

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

328. Segidi (Sigidawa) – Bauchi State

329. Shanga (Shangawa) – Kebbi State

330. Shangawa (ShanKadunagau) – Plateau State

331. Shan-Shan – Plateau State

332. Shira (Shira) – Bauchi State

333. Shomo – Taraba State

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

335. Sikdi – Plateau State

336. Siri (Sirawa) – Bauchi State

337. Srubu (Surubu) – Kaduna State

338. Sukur – Adamawa State

339. Sura – Plateau State

340. Tangale – Gombe State

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

342. Teme – Adamawa State

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

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

348. Tula – Gombe State

349. Tur – Adamawa State

350. Ubbo – Adamawa State

351. Udekeama – Rivers State

352. Ufia – Benue State

353. Ukelle – Cross River State

354. Ukwani (Kwale) – Delta State

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

356. Uneme (Ineme) – Edo State

357. Ura (Ula) – Niger State

358. Urhobo – Delta State, Bayelsa State.

359. Utonkong – Benue State

360. Uwanno (Weppa-Wanno) – Edo State

361. Uyanga – Cross River State

362. Vemgo – Adamawa State

363. Verre – Adamawa State

364. Vommi – Taraba State

365. Wagga – Adamawa State

366. Waja – Bauchi State

367. Waka – Taraba State

368. Warja (Warja) – Bauchi State

369. Warji – Bauchi State

370. Wurbo – Adamawa State

371. Wurkun – Taraba State

372. Yache – Cross River State

373. Yagba – Kogi State

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

376. Yott – Taraba State

377. Yumu – Niger State

378. Yungur – Adamawa State

379. Yuom – Plateau State

380. Zabara – Niger State

381. Zaranda – Bauchi State

382. Zarma (Zarmawa) – Kebbi State

383. Zayam (Zeam) – Bauchi State

384. Zul (Zulawa) – Bauchi State

Conclusion: Tribes in Nigeria

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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