List of Tribes in Nigeria

Nigeria is made up of several ethnic groups, the majority of which are the Igbo, Hausa and the Yoruba.

In total, there are 371 tribes in Nigeria and each is unique in its culture, dialect etc.

Check out the full list of the 371 tribes in Nigeria for a better understanding of Nigeria as a country.

List of Tribes in Nigeria and their States

  • Abayon – Cross River
  • Abua (Odual) – Rivers
  • Achipa (Achipawa) – Kebbi
  • Adim – Cross River
  • Adun – Cross River
  • Affade – Yobe
  • Afizere – Plateau
  • Afo – Plateau
  • Agbo – Cross River
  • Akaju-Ndem (Akajuk) – Cross River
  • Akweya-Yachi – Benue
  • Alago (Arago) – Piateau
  • Amo – Plateau
  • Anaguta – Plateau
  • Anang – Akwa lbom
  • Andoni – Akwa lbom, Rivers
  • Angas – Bauchi, Jigawa, Plateau
  • Ankwei – Plateau
  • Anyima – Cross River
  • Attakar (ataka) – Kaduna
  • Auyoka (Auyokawa) – Jigawa
  • Awori – Lagos, Ogun
  • Ayu – Kaduna
  • Babur – Adamawa, Bomo, Taraba, Yobe
  • Bachama – Adamawa
  • Bachere – Cross River
  • Bada – Plateau
  • Bade – Yobe
  • Bahumono – Cross River
  • Bakulung – Taraba
  • Bali – Taraba
  • Bambora (Bambarawa) – Bauchi
  • Bambuko – Taraba
  • Banda (Bandawa) – Taraba
  • Banka (Bankalawa) – Bauchi
  • Banso (Panso) – Adamawa
  • Bara (Barawa) – Bauchi
  • Barke – Bauchi
  • Baruba (Barba) – Niger
  • Bashiri (Bashirawa) – Plateau
  • Bassa – Kaduna, Kogi, Niger, Plateau
  • Batta – Adamawa
  • Baushi – Niger
  • Baya – Adamawa
  • Bekwarra – Cross River
  • Bele (Buli, Belewa) – Bauchi
  • Betso (Bete) – Taraba
  • Bette – Cross River
  • Bilei – Adamawa
  • Bille – Adamawa
  • Bina (Binawa) – Kaduna
  • Bini – Edo
  • Birom – Plateau
  • Bobua – Taraba
  • Boki (Nki) – Cross River
  • Bkkos – Plateau
  • Boko (Bussawa, Bargawa) – Niger
  • Bole (Bolewa) – Bauchi, Yobe
  • Botlere – Adamawa
  • Boma (Bomawa, Burmano) – Bauchi
  • Bomboro – Bauchi
  • Buduma – Borno, Niger
  • Buji – Plateau
  • Buli – Bauchi
  • Bunu – Kogi
  • Bura – Adamawa
  • Burak – Bauchi
  • Burma (Burmawa) – Plateau
  • Buru – Yobe
  • Buta (Butawa) – Bauchi
  • Bwall – Plateau
  • Bwatiye – Adamawa
  • Bwazza – Adamawa
  • Challa – Plateau
  • Chama (Chamawa Fitilai) – Bauchi
  • Chamba – Taraba
  • Chamo – Bauchi
  • Chibok (Chibbak) – Yobe
  • Chinine – Borno
  • Chip – Plateau
  • Chokobo – Plateau
  • Chukkol – Taraba
  • Daba – Adamawa
  • Dadiya – Bauchi
  • Daka – Adamawa
  • Dakarkari – Niger, Kebbi
  • Danda (Dandawa) – Kebbi
  • Dangsa – Taraba
  • Daza (Dere, Derewa) – Bauchi
  • Degema – Rivers
  • Deno (Denawa) – Bauchi
  • Dghwede – Bomo
  • Diba – Taraba
  • Doemak (Dumuk) – Plateau
  • Ouguri – Bauchi
  • Duka (Dukawa) – Kebbi
  • Duma (Dumawa) – Bauchi
  • Ebana (Ebani) – Rivers
  • Ebirra (lgbirra) – Edo, Kogi, Ondo
  • Ebu – Edo, Kogi
  • Efik – Cross River
  • Egbema – Rivers
  • Egede (lgedde) – Benue
  • Eggon – Plateau
  • Egun (Gu) – Lagos, Ogun
  • Ejagham – Cross River
  • Ekajuk – Cross River
  • Eket – Akwa Ibom
  • Ekoi – Cross River
  • Engenni (Ngene) – Rivers
  • Epie – Rivers
  • Esan (Ishan) – Edo
  • Etche – Rivers
  • Etolu (Etilo) – Benue
  • Etsako – Edo
  • Etung – Cross River
  • Etuno – Edo
  • Palli – Adamawa
  • Pulani (Pulbe) – Bauchi, Borno, Jigawa, Kaduna, Kano, Katsina, Kebbi, Niger, Sokoto, Taraba, Yobe, etc.
  • Fyam (Fyem) – Plateau
  • Fyer(Fer) – Plateau
  • Ga’anda – Adamawa
  • Gade – Niger
  • Galambi – Bauchi
  • Gamergu-Mulgwa – Borno
  • Qanawuri – Plateau
  • Gavako – Borno
  • Gbedde – Kogi
  • Gengle – Taraba
  • Geji – Bauchi
  • Gera (Gere, Gerawa) – Bauchi
  • Geruma (Gerumawa) – Plateau
  • Geruma (Gerumawa) – Bauchi
  • Gingwak – Bauchi
  • Gira – Adamawa
  • Gizigz – Adamawa
  • Goernai – Plateau
  • Gokana (Kana) – Rivers
  • Gombi – Adamawa
  • Gornun (Gmun) – Taraba
  • Gonia – Taraba
  • Gubi (Gubawa) – Bauchi
  • Gude – Adamawa
  • Gudu – Adamawa
  • Gure – Kaduna
  • Gurmana – Niger
  • Gururntum – Bauchi
  • Gusu – Plateau
  • Gwa (Gurawa) – Adamawa
  • Gwamba Adamawa
  • Gwandara – Kaduna, Niger, Plateau
  • Gwari (Gbari) – Kaduna, Niger, Abuja, Plateau
  • Gwom – Taraba
  • Gwoza (Waha) – Borno
  • Gyem – Bauchi
  • Hausa – Bauchi, Borno, Jigawa, Kaduna,Kano, Kastina, Kebbi, Niger,Taraba, Sokoto, Zamfara etc
  • Higi (Hig) – Borno, Adamawa
  • Holma – Adamawa
  • Hona – Adamawa
  • Ibeno – Akwa lbom
  • Ibibio – Akwa lbom
  • Ichen – Adamawa
  • Idoma – Benue, Taraba
  • Igalla – Kogi
  • lgbo – Abia, Anambra, Benue, Delta, Ebonyi,Enugu, Imo, Rivers
  • ljumu – Kogi
  • Ikorn – Cross River
  • Irigwe – Plateau
  • Isoko – Delta
  • lsekiri (Itsekiri) – Delta
  • lyala (lyalla) – Cross River
  • lzondjo – Bayelsa, Delta, Ondo, Rivers
  • Jaba – Kaduna
  • Jahuna (Jahunawa) – Taraba
  • Jaku – Bauchi
  • Jara (Jaar Jarawa Jarawa-Dutse) – Bauchi
  • Jere (Jare, Jera, Jera, Jerawa) – Bauchi, Plateau
  • Jero – Taraba
  • Jibu – Adamawa
  • Jidda-Abu – Plateau
  • Jimbin (Jimbinawa) – Bauchi
  • Jirai – Adamawa
  • Jonjo (Jenjo) – Taraba
  • Jukun – Bauchi, Benue, Taraba, Plateau
  • Kaba(Kabawa) – Taraba
  • Kadara – Taraba
  • Kafanchan – Kaduna
  • Kagoro – Kaduna
  • Kaje (Kache) – Kaduna
  • Kajuru (Kajurawa) – Kaduna
  • Kaka – Adamawa
  • Kamaku (Karnukawa) – Kaduna, Kebbi, Niger
  • Kambari – Kebbi, Niger
  • Kambu – Adamawa
  • Kamo – Bauchi
  • Kanakuru (Dera) – Adamawa, Borno
  • Kanembu – Borno
  • Kanikon – Kaduna
  • Kantana – Plateau
  • Kanuri – Kaduna, Adamawa, Borno, Kano, Niger, Jigawa, Plateau, Taraba, Yobe
  • Karekare (Karaikarai) – Bauchi, Yobe
  • Karimjo – Taraba
  • Kariya – Bauchi
  • Katab (Kataf) – Kaduna
  • Kenern (Koenoem) – Plateau
  • Kenton – Taraba
  • Kiballo (Kiwollo) – Kaduna
  • Kilba – Adamawa
  • Kirfi (Kirfawa) – Bauchi
  • Koma – Taraba
  • Kona -Taraba
  • Koro (Kwaro) – Kaduna, Niger
  • Kubi (Kubawa) – Bauchi
  • Kudachano (Kudawa) – Bauchi
  • Kugama – Taraba
  • Kulere (Kaler) – Plateau
  • Kunini – Taraba
  • Kurama – Jigawa, Kaduna, Niger, Plateau
  • Kurdul – Adamawa
  • Kushi – Bauchi
  • Kuteb – Taraba
  • Kutin – Taraba
  • Kwalla – Plateau
  • Kwami (Kwom) – Bauchi
  • Kwanchi – Taraba
  • Kwanka (Kwankwa) – Bauchi, Plateau
  • Kwaro – Plateau
  • Kwato – Plateau
  • Kyenga (Kengawa) – Sokoto
  • Laaru (Larawa) – Niger
  • Lakka – Adamawa
  • Lala – Adamawa
  • Lama – Taraba
  • Lamja – Taraba
  • Lau – Taraba
  • Ubbo – Adamawa
  • Limono – Bauchi, Plateau
  • Lopa (Lupa, Lopawa) – Niger
  • Longuda (Lunguda) – Adamawa, Bauchi
  • Mabo – Plateau
  • Mada – Kaduna, Plateau
  • Mama – Plateau
  • Mambilla – Adamawa
  • Manchok – Kaduna
  • Mandara (Wandala) – Borno
  • Manga (Mangawa) – Yobe
  • Margi (Marghi) – Adamawa, Borno
  • Matakarn – Adamawa
  • Mbembe – Cross River, Enugu
  • Mbol – Adamawa
  • Mbube – Cross River
  • Mbula – Adamawa
  • Mbum – Taraba
  • Memyang (Meryan) – Plateau
  • Miango – Plateau
  • Miligili (Migili) – Plateau
  • Miya (Miyawa) – Bauchi
  • Mobber – Borno
  • Montol – Plateau
  • Moruwa (Moro’a, Morwa) – Kaduna
  • Muchaila – Adamawa
  • Mumuye – Taraba
  • Mundang – Adamawa
  • Munga (Mupang) – Plateau
  • Mushere – Plateau
  • Mwahavul (Mwaghavul) – Plateau
  • Ndoro – Taraba
  • Ngamo – Bauchi, Yobe
  • Ngizim – Yobe
  • Ngweshe (Ndhang.Ngoshe-Ndhang) – Adamawa, Borno
  • Ningi (Ningawa) – Bauchi
  • Ninzam (Ninzo) – Kaduna, Plateau
  • Njayi – Adamawa
  • Nkim – Cross River
  • Nkum – Cross River
  • Nokere (Nakere) – Plateau
  • Nunku – Kaduna, Plateau
  • Nupe – Niger
  • Nyandang – Taraba
  • Ododop – Cross River
  • Ogori – Kwara
  • Okobo (Okkobor) – Akwa lbom
  • Okpamheri – Edo
  • Olulumo – Cross River
  • Oron – Akwa lbom
  • Owan – Edo
  • Owe – Kwara
  • Oworo – Kwara
  • Pa’a (Pa’awa Afawa) – Bauchi
  • Pai – Plateau
  • Panyam – Taraba
  • Pero – Bauchi
  • Pire – Adamawa
  • Pkanzom – Taraba
  • Poll – Taraba
  • Polchi Habe – Bauchi
  • Pongo (Pongu) – Niger
  • Potopo – Taraba
  • Pyapun (Piapung) – Plateau
  • Qua – Cross River
  • Rebina (Rebinawa) – Bauchi
  • Reshe – Kebbi, Niger
  • Rindire (Rendre) – Plateau
  • Rishuwa – Kaduna
  • Ron – Plateau
  • Rubu – Niger
  • Rukuba – Plateau
  • Rumada – Kaduna
  • Rumaya – Kaduna
  • Sakbe – Taraba
  • Sanga – Bauchi
  • Sate – Taraba
  • Saya (Sayawa Za’ar) – Bauchi
  • Segidi (Sigidawa) – Bauchi
  • Shanga (Shangawa) – Sokoto
  • Shangawa (Shangau) – Plateau
  • Shan-Shan – Plateau
  • Shira (Shirawa) – Kano
  • Shomo – Taraba
  • Shuwa – Adamawa, Borno
  • Sikdi – Plateau
  • Siri (Sirawa) – Bauchi
  • Srubu (Surubu) – Kaduna
  • Sukur – Adamawa
  • Sura – Plateau
  • Tangale – Bauchi
  • Tarok – Plateau, Taraba
  • Teme – Adamawa
  • Tera (Terawa) – Bauchi, Bomo
  • Teshena (Teshenawa) – Kano
  • Tigon – Adamawa
  • Tikar – Taraba
  • Tiv – Benue, Plateau, Taraba and Nasarawa
  • Tula – Bauchi
  • Tur – Adamawa
  • Ufia – Benue
  • Ukelle – Cross River
  • Ukwani (Kwale) – Delta
  • Uncinda – Kaduna, Kebbi, Niger, Sokoto
  • Uneme (Ineme) – Edo
  • Ura (Ula) – Niger
  • Urhobo – Delta
  • Utonkong – Benue
  • Uyanga – Cross River
  • Vemgo – Adamawa
  • Verre – Adamawa
  • Vommi – Taraba
  • Wagga – Adamawa
  • Waja – Bauchi
  • Waka – Taraba
  • Warja (Warja) – Jigawa
  • Warji – Bauchi
  • Wula – Adamawa
  • Wurbo – Adamawa
  • Wurkun – Taraba
  • Yache – Cross River
  • Yagba – Kwara
  • Yakurr (Yako) – Cross River
  • Yalla – Benue
  • Yandang – Taraba
  • Yergan (Yergum) – Plateau
  • Yoruba – (Kwara, Lagos, Ogun, Ondo, Oyo, Osun, Ekiti, Kogi)
  • Yott – Taraba
  • Yumu – Niger
  • Yungur – Adamawa
  • Yuom – Plateau
  • Zabara – Niger
  • Zaranda – Bauchi
  • Zarma (Zarmawa) – Kebbi
  • Zayam (Zeam) – Bauchi
  • Zul (Zulawa) – Bauchi

 

By Zents Kunle Sowunmi

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