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How many tribes are in Nigeria?

Nigeria has one of the largest aggregation of tribes and ethnic groups. Nigerian tribes have different cultures carried on by their people. They contribute to the cultural diversity seen in the country. Read here more.

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We hope to answer any question you might have about Nigeria Tribes here. How many tribes are in Nigeria? Recent statistics has shown that there are over 500 different tribes live in Nigeria, while most people are very much aware of the three major tribes in Nigeria; Hausa Igbo and Yoruba, there myriad of other that are yet in obscurity

Hausa is the biggest tribe in Nigeria they are the original inhabitants of about ten state in Nigeria which includes; Bauchi, Borno, Niger, Taraba, Jigawa, Kaduna, Kano, Kastina, Kebbi, Sokoto with traces in several other parts of the country. Tribes in Nigeria and their cultures are different.

The myth or origin of the Hausas began with the story of a man (Bayajidda) who ran away from the east to escape his father's fury. And stumbled on some people that happened to be the today Hausa.

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Tribes in Nigeria and their location.

The people (the Hausas) were Guarded (according to the myth) by a sacred snake that prevented them from getting water from their stream six days in a week. The man who later became their founder met a blacksmith who fashioned a knife with which he killed the snake and freed the people. In appreciation, they gave him the princess of the land, and they gave birth to the seven suns that made up the seven initial Hausa clans.

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The Yorubas are the second amongst other Nigeria tribes; The Yoruba spiritual heritage signifies that the Yoruba tribe are a unique people who were probably created at Ile-Ife. Legend holds that the creation was delegated by the sovereignty, Olodumare.

The name "Yoruba" is most likely an adaptation of 'Yo run ebo', meaning "will venerate (make offerings to the) Orisha" Yoruba people remains one of the most experienced and advanced people from Western part of Africa.

tribes in nigeria

The Igbos are the third largest tribe in Nigeria; they are the Nigeria industrialists. The Igbo myth of Origin traces their origin from Nri, the legend narrates how Eri, the hero of the Igbos descended from above with his wife Namaku, he sat on an ant-hill as the land was waterlogged.

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Later Chukwu Okike (The gods) sent a blacksmith who dried up the land with fire, charcoal and bellows. The couple subsequently begot four children, namely, Nri, Aguleri, Igbariam, and Amanuke in that other. And it is believed that the Igbo race sprang up from this people and then the world.

Apart from the above-mentioned three major tribes in Nigeria, there are about four hundred-plus other tribes like the Amo, Anaguta, Andoni, Angas, Fulani, dupe, Ibibio, Idoma, Ikwerre, Kalabari, Abou, Ijaw and several others.

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