Top 10 Richest Tribes in Nigeria (2023)

Nigeria is a country with a diverse population, comprising over 250 ethnic groups. Many of these ethnic groups have their own cultures, languages, and traditions, and some of them are known for their wealth and influence. There are still wealthy Nigerians who have amassed wealth from business, politics, education, entertainment, oil and gas, and a variety of other sectors, despite the fact that the middle class in Nigeria is dwindling and 63 percent of the population are ranked poor (according to the National Bureau of Statistics). This article aims to highlight the rich tribes in Nigeria that are home to a significant number of high-net-worth individuals.

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RICHEST TRIBES IN NIGERIA (2023)

In this article, we will take a look at the top 10 richest tribes in Nigeria, based on various factors such as their economic power, natural resources, and cultural influence.

YORUBA TRIBE

The Yoruba people are one of the largest and most influential ethnic groups in Nigeria, with a population of over 40 million people. They are predominantly found in the southwestern part of the country, and are known for their rich cultural heritage, including music, dance, and art. The Yoruba people are also known for their economic power, with many of them holding influential positions in politics, business, and other sectors. Some of the richest Yoruba people include Mike Adenuga, one of the wealthiest men in Africa, and Femi Otedola, a successful businessman and philanthropist.

HAUSA TRIBE

The Hausa people are another large and influential ethnic group in Nigeria, with a population of over 30 million people. They are predominantly found in the northern part of the country, and are known for their rich cultural traditions, including music, dance, and crafts. The Hausa tribe takes pride in having the most billionaires in the nation thanks to its investments and commercial ventures in Nigeria and in the international community. The Hausa people are also known for their economic power, with many of them involved in trade, agriculture, and other sectors. Some of the richest Hausa people include Mohammed Indimi, Umaru Abdul Mutallab, Muhammad Sanusi II, the former Emir of Kano and former governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, and Isa Muhammadu Inuwa, etc.

IGBO TRIBE

The Igbo people are an ethnic group that is predominantly found in the southeastern part of Nigeria, and are known for their strong cultural traditions and economic power. They are known for their entrepreneurial spirit and innovative approach to business, and many of them have become successful in various sectors such as trade, agriculture, and banking. Some of the richest Igbo people include Jim Ovia, the founder of Zenith Bank, Tony Elumelu, Arthur Eze, Emeka Offor, Peter Obi, Orji Uzor Kalu and others

FULANI TRIBE

The Fulani people are the strongest tribe in the country and an ethnic group that is found in various parts of Nigeria. They are known for their strong cultural traditions and economic power. They are known for their involvement in trade and agriculture, and many of them have become successful in these sectors. Some of the richest Fulani people include Aliko Dangote, one of the wealthiest men in the world, and Abdullahi Dantata, who is a billionaire businessman.

KANURI TRIBE

The Kanuri people are an ethnic group that is predominantly found in the northeastern part of Nigeria, and are known for their strong cultural traditions and economic power. They are known for their involvement in trade and agriculture, and many of them have become successful in these sectors. Some of the richest Kanuri people include Sani Dauda, among others.

EDO TRIBE

The Edo people are an ethnic group that is predominantly found in the southwestern part of Nigeria, and are known for their strong cultural traditions and economic power. They are known for their involvement in trade and agriculture, and many of them have become successful in these sectors. Some of the richest Edo people include Igbenedion, one of the wealthiest men in the country, and Osaretin Demuren, a successful businessman from Edo tribe.

TIV TRIBE

The Tiv people are also another tribe that has produced many highly wealthy people who have made their money in a variety of different economic areas, including agriculture, sports, entertainment, business, and politics. Benue, Plateau, Taraba, and Nasarawa are the states where the Tiv people are most common.  Gabriel Suswam, James Iorzua Ayatse,Samuel Ortom, Barnabas Andyar Gemode, and Terhemba Shija are a few wealthy Tiv residents.

IBIBIO TRIBE

In some areas of Cross Rivers State and the oil-rich Akwa Ibom State, the Ibibio people are the main group. The commerce, real estate, oil and gas, politics, entertainment, and a number of other economic sectors have contributed significantly to the riches of many Ibibio residents. Ita Enang, Akanimo Asuquo Udofia, Aloysius Etuk, Udo Udoma, and Victor Bassey Attah are just a few of the many extremely wealthy Ibibio people.

IJAW TRIBE

The Ijaw people live in the Niger Delta, primarily in the states of Bayelsa, Delta, and Rivers. In the States of Edo and Ondo, they are also a minority. There are many wealthy members of the Ijaw tribe who have made their money in a variety of industries, including oil and gas, politics, commerce, education, property investment, transportation, and athletics, among others. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, Agbani Darego, Edwin Clarke, Henry Seriake Dickson, Ben Murray-Bruce, Ibinabo Fibresima, and Timipre Sylva, are a few wealthy Ijaw persons in Nigeria.

URHOBO TRIBE

The Urhobo are one of the richest tribes in Nigeria and the dominating tribe in Delta State. People with enormous fortune from both politics and many economic sectors can be found in the oil-rich region. Ovie Omo-Agege, Igho Sanomi, Godwin Agofure, the Ibru family, and Ayiri Emami are a few well-known wealthy people of Urhobo descent.

ITSHEKIRI TRIBE

Although it is a minority tribe in Nigeria, you can find this ethnic group in areas like Warri South, and Warri North local government areas in Delta State. Additionally, Edo and Ondo States contain populations of Itsekiri in Edo residents. Despite being a small tribe, the Itsekiri have made significant contributions to a number of economic sectors, earning the tribe a spot on this list. Among the well-known natives of Itsekiri are Grace Alele Williams, Emmanuel Uduaghan, Ayo Oritsejafor and Festus Okotie-Enoh.

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Chizoba Ikenwa

Ikenwa Chizoba is the founder and head of the research team at Nigerian Infofinder. He is also an experienced journalist, web designer, content creator and SEO specialist.

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