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Tribes in Delta State (See full List)

In this article, you will discover the list of tribes in Delta State and all the local governments

Delta State is one of the oil-rich states which can be found in the south-south region of Nigeria. The state comprises distinct Igbo subgroups of Enuani, Ukwani, Ndokwa, and Ika, collectively referred to as Anioma, and the Delta people made up of the Urhobo, Itsekiri, Ijaw, and Isoko ethnic groups.

Delta State was created from the former Bendel State on August 27, 1991 following agitations for the creation of separate distinct states by the Urhobos and Anioma regions. It was created by Military President, Gen Ibrahim Babangida using the name “Delta” advanced by the Niger Delta Region.

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Looking at the Ethnicity of People in Delta state, they are basically divided into 2 groups, The first group is the Igbo subgroup of Delta North Senatorial district, referred to as Anioma while the second group is the delta people comprising of Urhobo, Ijaw, Itshekiri, and Isoko Ethnic groups.

Tribes in Delta State

Below are some of the tribes in Delta State we were able to discover

1. Urhobo Tribe

The Urhobo tribe is one of the most prominent and dominant tribes in Delta State.

Urhobo language is spoken widely by the Urhobo people across Delta State. There are 24 sub-groups under the Urhobo tribe. Over the years, statistics have shown that Urhobo people make a population of about 2 million people.

Furthermore, they share boundaries with the people of Ijaw at the south, the people of Ukwuani at the northeast, Isoko at the southeast, Itsekiri at the west, and Edo to the north.

The most common religion of Urhobo people is Christianity, in and regards to occupation; hunting and farming are the major occupations where they are able to make a huge amount of money from it.

The most common and favorite Delicacy of Urhobo people is the Banga soup, traditional yam porridge, egusi, owo, starch, and white soup

2. Isoko Tribe

The Isoko people are occupants of the present-day Warri. This tribe is a tribe known for its musical and comical prowess. Over time, lots of musicians and comedians that are well known in Nigeria have emanated from this tribe. the likes of popular comedian Instagram Isoboboy12 (Ogberaga World President) and the rest

Historically, the Isoko people have a violent history and also share a lot in common with tribes of neighbouring Rivers state.

3. Ijaw Tribe

The Ijaw tribe is one of the most common Tribes in Delta State, they are found not just in Delta both also in Bayelsa, Rivers and parts of Ondo.

The Ijaw tribe is the most influential tribe in the riverine part of Nigeria. They are also known to have a violent history.

One fascinating thing about the Ijaw people is the fact that they are very good swimmers; this is a result of being born and bred close to many rivers.

In the aspect of religion, the Ijaw people are Christians and are majorly fishermen by occupation. The cultural mode of dressing of the Ijaw tribe includes wrappers and heavy cloaks with hats to match.

Their favourite food delicacy is the fisherman soup

4. Itsekiri Tribe

Itsekiri, also called Jekri, Isekiri, or Ishekiri, an ethnic group inhabiting the westernmost part of the Niger River delta of extreme southern Nigeria. The Itsekiri make up an appreciable proportion of the modern towns of Sapele, Warri, Burutu, and Forcados. They speak a Yoruboid language of the Benue-Congo branch of Niger-Congo languages and share elements of culture with the Yoruba, Edo, Urhobo, and Ijo through a variety of contacts.

The Itsekiri live on the coast in an area of extensive mangrove swamps and freshwater wetlands. They are primarily fishermen and have employed traps, fences, and nets, as well as rod-and-line techniques

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5. Anioma Tribe

The Anioma people are considered as homogeneous ethnic stock and for centuries have identified themselves as Enuani or Eluali in Ika and Ukwuani quarters. The Enuanis or upland peoples geographically occupy the old Asaba Division while the Ukwuani or the lowlanders occupy the old Aboh Division.

According to the 2006 provisional census, the Anioma area of Delta State has a total population of 1,229 ,371.

A combination of different dialects of Igbo language, Enuani] [Ukwuani-Aboh-Ndoni language|Ukwuani and Ika, are the primary indigenous languages. There are also small numbers of Olukumi, Ozzara, and Igala-speaking communities.

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Delta State Local Governments

Below are the Local Government Areas Present in Delta State

  1. Aniocha North
  2. Aniocha South
  3. Bomadi
  4. Burutu
  5. Ethiope East
  6. Ethiope West
  7. Ika North East
  8. Ika South
  9. Isoko North
  10. Isoko South
  11. Ndokwa East
  12. Ndokwa West
  13. Okpe
  14. Oshimili North
  15. Oshimili South
  16. Patani
  17. Sapele
  18. Udu
  19. Ughelli North
  20. Ughelli South
  21. Ukwuani
  22. Uvwie
  23. Warri North
  24. Warri South
  25. Warri South West

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Conclusion: Tribes in Delta State

Conclusively, Delta State is one of the oil-rich states in Nigeria If you haven’t been to Delta State then you should try and visit it someday.

Above is our selected list of Tribes in Delta State.

Please note that we are not 100% sure of the credibility of the aforementioned tribes in Delta State. Therefore, If you know any other tribe that should make the list kindly drop it in the comment section

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