Complete List of Tribes in Plateau State Nigeria

Plateau is the twelfth largest state of Nigeria, and is located approximately in the center of the country. It is geographically unique in Nigeria because its boundaries surround the Jos Plateau, having the entire plateau in its central and northern part. The capital is Jos.

Plateau State is celebrated as “The Home of Peace and Tourism”, an image that had been fractured in previous years by MuslimChristian clashes in the state but is now recovering as socio-economic activities are now thriving as well as a growth in population in the state. Plateau State gets its name from the Jos Plateau. It has a population of around 3.5 million people.

Jukun Tribe

The tribe is one of the many minority tribes in Plateau state. The peace-loving people of Jukun are farmers and are known to practice Islam and Christianity. Wrappers are tied by men and women of this tribe. Also, meals are made from locally processed millet.

Angas Tribe Image result for Angas Tribe

The Angas tribe is closely related to the Kanuri tribe. This tribe has a lot of cultures that are generally practiced in Africa. It is believed that this tribe migrated from modern day plateau state. The people of Angas have an old tradition of naming their children according to the situation surrounding the birth. Also, it is the responsibility of the grandfather and sometimes the father to name a new baby. According to ancient Angas tradition, women do not name their children unless permitted by their husbands. The Angas people are also known to bestrode their children long before they understand what marriage is.

Farming is the major occupation of this predominantly Christian tribe. Although the angas people are Christians, they dress just like the Hausa Muslims

Tiv Tribe

Tiv Cultural dancers

This tribe is a minority tribe in Nigeria.It is, however, one of the most popular tribes. There are over 3.5 million Nigerians from this tribe. Although the majority of the Tiv people are found in Benue, a handful of them occupy parts of Plateau state.

This tribe is a Christian tribe. Also, farming and trading are the major occupations of this people. Meals are usually a combination of Soup and Tuwo.

Ankwei Tribe Image result for Ankwei Tribe

The Ankwei tribe is a very small tribe in Plateau state. They are mainly horsemen. The people of this tribe are known for their skillful artworks. They are Christians and are very similar to the other northerners in their modes of dressing, food, and lifestyle.

Rukuba Tribe

The Rukuba people occupy Bassa local government área in Plateau state. They are neighbors with the Irigwe people are always in constant fights over ownership of lands and properties.

Men and women from Rukuba dress like the northern Muslims and eat foods made from millet and maize.

Kanuri Tribe

The Kanuri tribe is a prominent tribe in northern Nigeria. The people of this tribe were great horsemen in the ancient Bornu-Kamnem Empire. The Kanuris in Plateau state migrated from Bornu state. These people are Muslims and farm for a living. They dress and feed just like the Hausas.

Ron Tribe

The Ron people occupy Bokkos local government área of plateau state. They have a population of 115,000 people. The people of Ron share borders with the kulere and mushere people. They are called “Chala” by their neighbors.

The Ron people are similar to the other northerners in their culture, dressing and food. They are Christians and have farming as their major occupation.

Miango Tribe

Miango tribe occupies the Bassa local government área of Plateau state. The people of this tribe are very friendly people. The miango people number a little over 20,000. They have always had a religion-based crisis because of the presence of Christians and Muslims in almost equal numbers.

The miango people are farmers and have adopted quite a number of Hausa customs.

Anagua tribe

The Anagua people are the first residents of present-day Jos. According to history, the Anagua tribe defended the city of Jos against the jihadists in the 19th century. History has it that the Emir of Bauchi attacked them with about 4000 men. The Anagua tribe called their other neighboring tribes together and successfully protected Jos against Islamic attack.

The Anagua tribe is both disadvantaged both politically, numerically and economically. They are predominantly Christians and are farmers by profession.

Afizere Tribe

The people of Afizere are also known as Jarawa and are found in modern-day Jos. They occupy Jos east and Jos north local government areas. They have their roots in Kaduna and migrated to Jos in three phases.  The people of this tribe dress like the Hausas although they are not Hausa. They are a peaceful tribe. In pre-colonial times, the Afizere people loved living on hills. This they believed helped them against the Jihadist invasions of the Fulani.

The Afizere people are basically hunters and practice pastoral farming.


Kwalla Tribe

The kwalla tribe occupies part of present-day Jos in Plateau state. The people of Kwalla are farmers and have Christianity and Islam as their major religions. Food, culture, and dressing of the people of this tribe is similar to that of the average northern tribe

Irigwe Tribe

The Irigwe people occupy the Bassa and Barakin Ladi local government areas of Plateau state. They are located about 20 miles from Jos. These people have a population of about 70,000 people. Before contact with Europeans, lots of people in Irigwe practiced polyandry. However, the arrival of Christianity changed this practice.

Farming and trading are the major occupations of this people.

Berom Tribe

The people of Berom occupy four local government areas in Plateau state. Local government areas occupied by this tribe are Riyom, Jos North, Jos south, and Barkin Ladi.

The people of Berom speak the Berom language which is not similar to the Hausa language. This Christianity dominated tribe has farming as its major occupation.

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4 thoughts on “Complete List of Tribes in Plateau State Nigeria

  • October 4, 2018 at 10:14 pm

    i am a bit confused about the following:
    1. Difference between Irigwe and Miango
    2. Anaguta not Anagua
    3. The Afizere” found in the Mordern Day Jos” Moved from Kaduna in 3 Phases is not only Vague but vile too.
    3. Afizere ..means “the People of Izere” they Speak Izere, practice izere culture, wear traditional cloths or english, dance Izere dance, eat izere food, live in izere land of Jos East, Jos North, Jos South, Bassa and Mangu LGA’s of Plateau State….this was not mentioned.
    4. The Afizere People are predominantly Christians,
    5. Has farming as its major profession and Artistic Skills…….generally naturally blessed.

    5. The Afizere is blessed with artistic skills,

  • November 13, 2018 at 9:15 am

    The Mwaghavul people, most educated tribe on tge plateau. Occupy Mangu LGA an agro-commercial hub on the plateau with a rich culture not similar to the hausa tribe. Peaceful and majorly christian populated.

    • April 22, 2019 at 10:11 pm

      Tehl or montol are found in mikang local government of plateau state, home town. Tunkus and lalin


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