Tribes in Anambra State

Anambra is a southeastern state in Nigeria. ‘Anambra’ is derived from an anglicized version of the original ‘Oma Mbala’, which is the native name of the Anambra River. The capital and seat of government is Awka. Anambra is also home to one of the largest urban areas in Nigeria; Onitsha.

Anambra boundaries are formed by Delta State to the west, Imo State and Rivers State to the south, Enugu State to the east and Kogi State to the north.

In this article, we bring you the tribes in Anambra state. Read on to discover the forgotten tribe of Igbokaenyi and of course the Igbo tribe.

Igbokaenyi Tribe

In Anambra West lies a forgotten community the “Igbokaenyi tribe”. The Igbokaenyi tribe is a forgotten tribe in Anambra state. It is located at Olumbasa Island and is made up of seven communities. They are Igbedor, Odekpe, Alla, Onugwa, Odomagwu, Igbokaenyi and Ode. People of this tribe speak Igala. Also they have a total population of 2000 people.

Christianity is the dominant religion of this tribe and fishing is the major occupation.

Igbo Tribe

The Igbos in Anambra are about 98% of the total population of the state. They dominate in politics and trading. As a matter of fact, most Nigerians believe the Igbo tribe is the only existing tribe in the whole of Anambra state.

Although there is no proof to back up this claim, it is believed that the Igbo tribe migrated from present day Israel.

The Igbos are predominantly Christians and have a great percentage of their population as members of the Catholic Church. Farming and trading are the major occupations of this people. Igbo men tie wrappers on singlet while their women tie George on blouses. Usually, in Igboland, a woman’s dress is not complete without a head gear.

The most valuable crop of the Igbos is Yam while processed cassava and soup make the basic meal of the average Igbo man.

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