fbpx
Connect with us

Lifestyle

7 Strongest Tribes In Nigeria

Strongest tribes in Nigeria – There are up to 371 tribes that make up these ethnic groups.

Published

on

strongest tribes in nigeria

Yoruba, Hausa, and Igbo are the largest and probably the strongest tribes in Nigeria. There are up to 371 tribes that make up these ethnic groups.

Still, the fact that the country is made up of many tribes may confuse some people, especially when certain tribes start to show their own culture, language, etc.

Even though the Hausa, Igbo and Yoruba are the largest tribes in the country, there are still other minority tribes that have a reputation and have thus gained some popularity in the country as strong tribes.

To be fair, each tribe in Nigeria is strong, even if they live in different parts of the country, but some are stronger than others. In this article, we will see some of the strongest tribes in Nigeria and highlight what makes them strong.

Advertisement

Determinants of The Strongest Tribe in Nigeria

tribes in nigeria

These are some of the metrics used in determining the strongest tribes in Nigeria.

1. Political Strength/Military Might

Some tribes in Nigeria have the most powerful individuals in politics and the military. Tribes like the Hausa and Fulani are known for occupying most top positions in the military and have held the position of Head of State most.

Historically, the Fulani were also known to be warriors who fought and conquered many regions due to their warrior spirit.

Having political strength and military power certainly makes you strong, if not the strongest, in any given region.

2. Financial Dominance

They say money answers all things, and rightly so; money can fetch you many things, including power and influence.

Advertisement

Certain tribes in the country have mastered the science of business and money-making, which has given them a reputation as one of the strongest tribes based on finance and business.

Some of these tribes have even created a system such as an apprenticeship system that has recorded high success rates and is being studied by higher institutions as a workable business process.

3. Academic Dominance

Knowledge, they say, is power, and this is where some tribes have excelled most in. They have the reputation of being widely read and knowledgeable in academics. So they study hard and become doctors of learning.

4. Population

An army has more chances of winning a war than ten soldiers; hence, having a higher population always benefits any group.

Advertisement

Considering this, the strongest tribes in the country all have a higher population than the other tribes that didn’t make the list.

5. Historical Accomplishment and Bravery

Just like it is with military power, having a historical reputation for bravery can get you a spot on the list of strongest tribes in the country. These accomplishments include military conquests, rulership and business, which are sometimes used to tell folklore or Legends.

Strongest Tribes in Nigeria

1. Hausa/Fulani

fulani/hausa

The Hausa/Fulani are the largest tribe in Nigeria, and they have the most people with a total of 30% of Nigeria’s population. They live in 19 of the 36 states that make up Nigeria’s northern geopolitical zone. Although the Hausa and Fulani are two different tribes, most people regard them as the same because of their many similarities.

However, within these ethnic groups, there are different ways of life. Christianity and other religions are not as common in the states where the Hausas or Fulanis live, so Islam is their main religion.

Advertisement

The Fulanis are one of the most outstanding African warriors and have conquered many regions in the past, giving them a spot on our list.

The Hausas and Fulanis are also thought to be the most powerful tribe in Nigeria because so many of them hold important jobs in the government.

Since 1960, when Nigeria became an independent nation, 90% of the presidents the country has had came from this group. Aside from that, there are a lot of them in the Nigerian military, and they are also proud to have Aliko Dangote, who is the richest person in Africa.

Ironically, despite all the political and economic power they possess, they are the poorest of all large ethnic groups in the country, with the highest death rate.

Advertisement

2. Igbo

igbo

The ability of the Igbo-speaking people to effectively manage their finances, conduct business, and at the same time, produce outstanding entrepreneurs who drive the Nigerian economy is a testament to their strength.

This tribe is spread over five countries in southeastern Nigeria, where the Igbo language is the most common one. You hardly ever travel anywhere where you can’t run into an Igbo individual who runs one or two businesses globally.

They are regarded as Nigeria’s hardest-working tribe with the biggest concentration of prosperous businesspeople.

3. Yoruba

yoruba

In Nigeria, the Yorubas are considered to be a powerful tribe based on their academic and political achievements. They have the most professors per capita and alumni from several of the best colleges in the world.

The Yoruba-speaking nations can be found in Nigeria’s southwestern geopolitical region. The Yorubas’ involvement in politics is another factor contributing to their reputation as one of Nigeria’s strongest tribes.

Additionally, they have a respectable number of powerful, important politicians that are in charge of the nation’s top posts.

Advertisement

4. Ijaw

ijaw

Ijaw is a predominantly Niger Delta-based ethnic group in Nigeria, having a sizable population in Bayelsa, Delta, and Rivers. Other Nigerian states like Ondo and Edo States also have significant Ijaw populations.

As migrant fishers, many can be found in camps as far east as Gabon and as far west as Sierra Leone. The Ijaw population is estimated to be just over 4 million, or 1.8% of the total population of Nigeria.

Due to their history of international trade, which stretches all the way back to the 15th century, the Ijaw are regarded as one of the strongest tribes. This was made possible by their location along sea-trade routes.

The Ijaw people are regarded as one of the strongest due to the strength of their local militia and their audacious bravery on land and water. They have a reputation for maintaining their ground and defending what they feel they are entitled to.

This was especially significant during Olusegun Obasanjo’s administration’s militant phase, where the local militants waged war on the Federal government for its neglect despite them being one of the major revenue-generating regions in the country.

Advertisement

Asari Dokubo and Ateke Tom are well-known Ijaw individuals that exemplify the courageous nature of the typical Ijaw man.

5. Bini

oba of bini

The Bini people, also called the Edo tribe, are mainly concentrated in Edo State in southern Nigeria, but they are also dispersed throughout the states of Delta, Ondo, and Rivers. They are Benin Empire descendants who speak a variety of dialects of the Edo language.

The word “Ubinu,” which was used to refer to the kingdom’s capital, was the source of the name Benin. However, the Portuguese mispronounced it as “Bini,” and around 1485, when they started doing business with Oba Ewuare, the then-traditional monarch, they changed it to Benin.

Due to their long history of wealth and supremacy, the Bini is one of the strongest ethnic groups in Nigeria. One of the earliest and most advanced historical kingdoms, the bini empire covered much of southwestern Nigeria, including the current Lagos state.

The Bini people also have a reputation for being good at sorcery which makes them feared by many.

Advertisement

6. Ibibio

Ibibio people

Approximately 3.5% of Nigeria’s population is Ibibio. They can be found in Cross Rivers and Akwa Ibom state and are primarily found in the south-south of the nation.

They have a rich oral history that has been preserved by being passed down through the centuries.

The tribe, one of the most powerful in the nation, attempted to establish their own independent state within Nigeria before the country’s independence and even engaged in negotiations with the British Crown.

The Ibibio people, who primarily identify as Christians, are renowned for their artistic talent, particularly in the production of beautiful wooden carvings and masks.

7. Kanuri

Kanuri

The Kanuri ethnic group is thought to account for roughly 4% of Nigeria’s total population. They are found in the Northeast, mainly in present-day Borno state.

The majority of Kanuris are Sunni Muslims and are known to be great businesspeople making them one of the strongest tribes in the country.

Advertisement

The millet industry is the foundation of the Kanuri economy, but in recent years, peanuts (groundnuts) have emerged as a significant new cash crop. The Kanuri cultivate the sandy soil of the nearby countryside while residing in developed communities and towns.

The Kanuris’ are business people with a sophisticated internal commerce system; they exchange dairy goods for goods with the Fulani and Shuwa Arab herders.

Unfortunately, Boko Haram, an extremist organization, has made use of Kanuri territory as a base of operations, subjecting the Kanuri people to Sharia law and terror.

Finally, aside from the tribes listed above, there are a few other smaller ethnic groups that are also important to the country. As an example, think about the Ogoni, Ekoi, and other tribes in the south-south region of Nigeria.

Advertisement

They come from the oil-producing regions, which make up most of Nigeria’s wealth because of the crude oil they make.

WhatsAppCOnnect

Stay ahead with VerseNews. Get the latest breaking news, insightful analysis, and trending stories. Your go-to source for timely updates and unbiased reporting.

Advertisement
Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

WATCH: Nigeria Newspaper Headline Today

Apply For Latest Job Openings

Trending

JUST IN: FG Bans Money Ritüal, Smöking, Crime Scenes In Nollywood Films JUST IN: FG Bans Money Ritüal, Smöking, Crime Scenes In Nollywood Films
Entertainment32 mins ago

JUST IN: FG Bans Money Ritüal, Smöking, Crime Scenes In Nollywood Films

The Federal Government of Nigeria has approved regulations prohibiting the depiction of money rituals, ritual killings, tobacco use, and other...

I'm Obsessed With Ayra Starr - Tiwa Savage I'm Obsessed With Ayra Starr - Tiwa Savage
Entertainment4 hours ago

I’m Obsessed With Ayra Starr – Tiwa Savage

Tiwa Savage recounted facing heavy criticism for her "sexy" style and "risky" lyrics early in her career, and praised Ayra...

Late Access Bank CEO’s varsity, Wigwe University Announces Resumption Date, Tuition Fee Late Access Bank CEO’s varsity, Wigwe University Announces Resumption Date, Tuition Fee
Education1 week ago

Late Access Bank CEO’s varsity, Wigwe University Announces Resumption Date, Tuition Fee

Wigwe University, founded by the late Herbert Wigwe, will launch in August 2024 in Isiokpo, Rivers State, offering programs across...

7 Inspiring Facts About Eagles That Will Motivate You Every Day 7 Inspiring Facts About Eagles That Will Motivate You Every Day
Lifestyle1 week ago

7 Inspiring Facts About Eagles That Will Motivate You Every Day

Discover the inspiring qualities of eagles that can motivate you every day, from their exceptional vision and fearlessness to their...

Tacha Reveals Cost Of Her Outfit At AMVCA 2024 Tacha Reveals Cost Of Her Outfit At AMVCA 2024
Entertainment1 week ago

Tacha Reveals Cost Of Her Outfit At AMVCA 2024

Former BBNaija star Tacha reveals her $100k outfit for AMVCA 2024, sparking mixed reactions online, adding to her reputation as...

When Is It Wrong To Say "I'm Sorry" In A Relationship? When Is It Wrong To Say "I'm Sorry" In A Relationship?
Relationship1 week ago

When Is It Wrong To Say “I’m Sorry” In A Relationship?

Saying "I'm sorry" in a relationship is crucial but can be damaging if overused, used manipulatively, or when one hasn't...

Tinubu’s Government To Borrow Fresh N3.35trn ($2.25bn) From World Bank Tinubu’s Government To Borrow Fresh N3.35trn ($2.25bn) From World Bank
Politics1 week ago

Tinubu’s Government To Borrow Fresh N3.35trn ($2.25bn) From World Bank

President Tinubu's government is set to secure a $2.25 billion loan from the World Bank, with exceptionally favorable terms including...

I Was Offered Money To Impeach Fubara - Rivers Governor's Aid, Ehie Confesses I Was Offered Money To Impeach Fubara - Rivers Governor's Aid, Ehie Confesses
Politics1 week ago

I Was Offered Money To Impeach Fubara – Rivers Governor’s Aid, Ehie Confesses

Edison Ehie, Chief of Staff to the Rivers State Government, alleged he was offered money to impeach Governor Siminalayi Fubara...

Minister Of Power Distributes 10,000 Bags Of Rice In Oyo State As Part Of Tinubu's Renewed Hope Agenda Minister Of Power Distributes 10,000 Bags Of Rice In Oyo State As Part Of Tinubu's Renewed Hope Agenda
News1 week ago

Minister Of Power Distributes 10,000 Bags Of Rice In Oyo State As Part Of Tinubu’s Renewed Hope Agenda

Minister of Power, Adebayo Adelabu distributed rice in Oyo State to various groups, stressing its non-political nature and pledging transparent...

Nigerians Call For Arrest Of Man Accused Of S3xualizing And Using Photos Of 4-Year-Old Girl For P*rnography (Video) Nigerians Call For Arrest Of Man Accused Of S3xualizing And Using Photos Of 4-Year-Old Girl For P*rnography (Video)
Entertainment1 week ago

Nigerians Call For Arrest Of Man Accused Of S3xualizing And Using Photos Of 4-Year-Old Girl For P*rnography (Video)

Going viral on various social media is the report of a Nigerian dad Musa Suleman Defunnytv who posted posters of...

Advertisement