Complete List of Tribes in Sokoto State Nigeria

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Sokoto state is located in the extreme northwest of Nigeria, near the Sokoto River and the Rima River. As of 2006, Sokoto state had a population of 427,760. The name Sokoto which is the modern/anglicised version of the local name, Sakkwato is of Arabic origin. Sokoto state is home to some interesting Nigerian tribes. The tribes in Sokoto include popular Fulani tribe and less popular Shonga tribe.

Hausa Tribe

The Hausa tribe is one of the three most recognized tribes in Nigeria. The Hausas have a very different culture from people in the southern part of Nigeria. Their foods, their dressing and cultures bear no similarity with those of the southern tribes. The uniqueness of the Hausa culture has made it last for centuries without undergoing any form of change even in the face of civilization.The Hausa people are mainly found in the Sahelian and Sudanian regions of Nigeria. The Hausas in Sokoto are majorly found in the state capital. In other parts of the state, they live in small settlements.

Islam is the predominant religion that is practiced by the Hausa people. Although these people were not always Muslims, contact with traders from North Africa and Mali made them accept this religion. The Hausas are blessed with lots of rich dishes. Most of their foods are made from millet, maize and rice. To make a meal, these cereals are ground and are used to make Tuwo.

Fulani Tribe

The nature and way of life of the Fulani tribe are a little unknown. This is because of the fact that they are spread across many lands and have acquired some of the cultures of neighboring tribe. There are basically two groups of Fulani. They are the settled group and the nomadic group. The nomadic group is more popular than the settled group. As a result of this, a lot of people with little or no knowledge about the Fulanis believe that they are all nomads.

The Fulanis speak a language called Fulfude. There are many dialects of fulfude, however, the difference can only be spotted by the Fulanis. The Fulani people are majorly cattle reares. As a matter of fact, cattles are a representation of the culture of the Fulani tribe. The men from the Fulani tribe put on flowing gowns that are known as Babban riga while their women tie wrappers on blouses and cover their heads with hijab.

Other Tribes in Sokoto State without Detailed Information

Kwenga Tribe

Shonga Tribe

Uncinda Tribe

Do you know of any other tribes in Sokoto state that are not mentioned here? Please feel free to state them in the comment section.

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

  • March 26, 2018 at 5:42 am

    I love this, I really don’t know of more Sokoto tribe than other Nigerians from different tribes living there. I only want to add two information.

    The first is that the Hausa language been spoken in Sokoto is a bit different from that of the other well known Hausa tribe. It is more of comparing a Lagos born Yoruba to a typical man from Oyo state or an igbomina man from Kwara.

    For example, if you ask them something, instead of say ‘é’ or ‘í’ like others, they say ‘aao’.. I hope you can pronounce that.

    They also don’t pronounce ‘fi’ as written, rather, they swallow the f and pronounce only i. For example… Sai de sàfé…. They will say ‘ sai de sàé’, the f is gone.

    Sokoto is peace loving state, I am a Corp member serving there now and it’s cool been here.

    Since the question is about the tribe in Sokoto, I won’t make any comment about the weather, you won’t like finding out.

    I love this post.

    • March 26, 2018 at 1:02 pm

      Insightful! Thanks for the info Ibraheem.

    • April 13, 2020 at 1:56 pm

      But pertaining to what ibraheem said about pronounciation of words of sentence in Sokoto state is wrong,”he said when Sokoto People want to say “Sai da safe” They will say “see da sae” Which is wrong but what they said is “se da sahe”, so we pronounced it like that.
      We always use “h” instead of “f” and our own Hausa is the best, we understand other people’s Hausa but they hardly understand ours.
      We give words their names in Hausa instead of calling it with European name.
      Sokoto people are the best in terms of hausa.
      It is just like “Oyo” state Yoruba and other Yoruba states.


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