Full List of Tribes in Yobe State Nigeria

Yobe state is blessed with agricultural prowess and interesting tribes, The various tribes in Yobe state is definitely worth exploring. This state consists of major tribes like the Kanuri’s, Ngizim, Bade, Ngamo, Karekare, Fulani and Hausa tribes. Want to know more about the tribes in Yobe state? Keep reading!

Kanuri Tribe

Horses are to the Kanuri people what cows are to the Fulanis. Since the inception of the Kanuri tribe in pre-colonial days, the Kanuris have always been associated with horses.

These people are Muslims and also farmers. Men from this tribe put on flowing gowns that are known as Babban Riga while women tie wrapper on blouses. Women also cover their heads with hijabs.

Ngizim Tribe

The Ngizim people speak the Ngizim language. They occupy Poitiskan, one of the largest cities in Yobe. People of this tribe are farmers and are predominantly Muslims. The ancient cultures of these people have been replaced with Islamic cultures. Men and women of this tribe have adopted the Islamic way of dressing and conduct. Meals eaten by this people are usually made from millet and maize.

Ngamo Tribe  Image result for hijab black woman

The Ngamo people have a population of 60,000 people. They occupy Gadaka local government area of Yobe state. The Ngamo people speak a language called Ngamo.

As a result of the fact that these people practice Islam, most of their traditions have been replaced by Islamic cultures. Men from this tribe put on flowing gowns while women tie wrapper on a blouse and cover their heads with hijab. The people of Ngamo feed on foods made from maize and millet. Also, farming is the major activity that is done by the Ngamo tribe.


Karekare Tribe Image result for cattle rearers

The Karekare tribe is located close to Potiskum, the biggest city in Yobe state. This tribe has about 250,000 indigenes and is made up of mostly Muslims. The Karekare people are very closely related to the Hausas. As a result of this, most of their cultural beliefs have been replaced with Hausa cultures.

The Karekare people are farmers as well as cattle rearers.


Fulani Tribe

The Fulani tribe is erroneously considered to be the biggest tribe in Yobe state. The people of this tribe have a violent history and are known to be the tribe through which the Islamic Jihad movement came into Nigeria. This tribe is responsible for producing over 90% of the Nigerian rulers from the northern part of the country.

This tribe is a predominantly Muslim tribe and is known to speak Fulfude. Farming and cattle rearing are some of the occupations of this people. The Fulani people are very similar to the Hausas in their mode of dressing, culture and food. The average Fulani man puts on a flowing gown that is known as Babban riga while their women tie wrappers on blouse and cover their heads with hijab.


Bade Tribe Related image

History has it that the Bade people migrated from Kanem, close to Lake Chad. They are found in present-day Yobe state. It is both a tribe and a local government area.

People of Bade tribe are predominantly Muslims. They are related to other northern Muslim tribes in their culture, occupation and mode of dressing.


Hausa Tribe

Only very few people in Nigeria are aware of the fact that the Hausa tribe in Yobe state is not the biggest tribe in this state. Although the Hausa tribe is not the biggest in Yobe state, it is one of the major tribes in this state. The Hausa people in Yobe are believed to have migrated from the Middle East many years ago. Although there are no very strong facts to support this claim, the Hausas have a lot in common with people from the Middle East.

Islam is the predominant religion of this tribe. Also, farming and cattle rearing are some of the major occupations engaged in by the Hausa people. Hausa meals are usually made from millet, maize and rice.

It is important to know the different tribes in Nigeria so that you can appreciate the diverse beauty of our country. These tribes are what makes Yobe state and in fact Nigeria, what it is today. Do you have more information about tribes in Yobe state? Please share with us in the comment section!

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