Bayelsa State has one of the largest crude oil and natural gas deposits in Nigeria as a result, petroleum production is extensive in the state. The state was formed in 1996 from part of Rivers State and is thus one of the newest states of the Nigerian federation. The main language spoken is Ijaw with dialects such as Kolukuma, Mein, Bomu, Nembe, Epie-Atisa, and Ogbia.
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The Akasa people are a subgroup of the Ijaw nation. They occupy the Nun River estuary and parts of the Atlantic coast of Southern Bayelsa State. The people of Akasa are very good swimmers. Their swimming ability as a people is better understood when the fact that they live in riverine areas is considered.
Fishing is the major occupation of this predominantly Christian tribe. Men from Akasa tie George on a singlet, this dress style is completed by using a hat. Women tie wrappers on a blouse with head-gears. The people of Akasa are known to wear lots of beads.
Meals eaten by this people are usually made of plantain, fish and tomato sauce.
The Apoi people are one of the many tribes that make up the Ijaw nation. This tribe is small and isolated geographically. Some settlements of the Apoi tribe include Kolokologbane, Ogboinbiri, Sampou, Gbaran, Kassama, Azama, and Keme-ebiama.
The people of Apoi are known to be violent and have been involved in many brawls with the Nigerian armed forces.
Fishing is the major occupation of this predominantly Christian tribe. Men from Apoi tie wrapper on singlets while women tie wrapper on a blouse. Usually, the men complete their dressing by wearing hats.
The Basan tribe occupies the western part of Bayelsa state. Bassan settlements in Bayelsa include Koloama (l and ii), Ezetu (I and II), Sangana, Foropah, Ukubie, Lubia, Auzuama, Akparatubo and Ekeni.
The people of Basan are predominantly Christians. Also, fishing is the major occupation of this tribe. The communities that make up the Basan tribe always get into fights over fishing space. This has made survival in this tribe an expensive commodity.
Men and Women from Basan feed on plantain meals and dress like most other Tribes in the Ijaw nation.
The Buseni people occupy central Bayelsa. Buseni shares borders with Gbaran and Zarama. Fishing is the major source of livelihood of this tribe. Also, Christianity is very widely practiced. The people of Buseni feed on plantain and fish. Also, they dress like other riverine tribes.
The people of the Gbaran tribe occupy Taylor creek in central Bayelsa. Settlements in this tribe include Okotiama, Poloaku, Obinagha, Ogbloma, Nedugo, Ibiaye, Agbia and Koroama. People of Gbaran are predominantly Christians and have fishing as their major occupation.
The Gbaran tribe shares a lot in common with other Ijaw tribes. They dress alike and eat the same food.
The Iduwini tribe occupies northwestern Bayelsa. These people are Christians and are majorly fishermen. They have the same dress pattern with other Ijaw tribes and are known to feed on meals of plantain and fish.
The Kolokuma people live close to the Nun River in Bayelsa. Some of their settlements are Seibokorogha, Odi, Okoloba, Igbedi and Kaiama. These people speak a language called Izon and are majorly fishermen and farmers.
The dress pattern of the Kolokuma people is not any different from that of other Ijaw tribes. They also feed on fish and plantain.
We hope you were enlightened about the tribes found in Bayelsa state. What more do you think we should have added to these tribes that we didn’t? or do you think there more tribes found in Bayelsa that we didn’t include here? Then share them with us via the comment section.