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Facts About Idoma People of Nigeria

The Idomas are people that primarily inhabit the lower western areas of Benue State , Nigeria , and kindred groups can be found in Cross Rivers State 

Enugu State , Kogi State and Nasarawa State in Nigeria.

1.Location and LGA Of Idoma people:

The popular idea is that the Idoma are an ethno-linguistic group primarily found in the western areas of Benue State, Nigeria. This is because they are the second largest group in the state and occupy 9 local government areas (L.G.A.’s) which include: Ado, Agatu , Apa, Obi , Ohimini , Ogbadibo, Oju ,

Okpokwu and Otukpo . Aside from the western parts of Benue, this tribe have settlements in other parts of the country, including Nassarawa, Kogi , Enugu and Cross River States.

2.Traditonal Colours:

The traditional colours of the Idoma people are red and black stripes. This has only been around since the 1980s to foster a distinct Idoma identity.

3.Traditonal Dance:

The most famous traditional dance of the Idoma people is known as Ogirinya dance. It is a highly energetic dance that requires jumping (at regular intervals) on the toes in short period of time. A video of the Ogirinya dance can be viewed on


4.Traditonal Food (Okoho soup):

The Idoma people are known for their love of food, as there is an annual food festival in Benue State to celebrate women and the various traditional cuisines. Most popular among their delicacies is the

Okoho soup which is made with the peculiar Okoho plant, bush meat and many other ingredients.

5. Idoma Traditional Religion:

With the advent of Christianity, Islam, and other foreign religions, the traditional belief systems of most ethnic groups in the country has been influenced by western practices. However, a majority of the Idoma people still believe strongly in the Alekwu , which is seen as the ancestral spirits- a link between the living and the dead.

6.Notable Idoma people

-2baba Innocent Idibia , musician.

-Lawrence Onoja , former military governor of Plateau State and Katsina State, Nigeria and Principal Staff Officer.

-Late Jerry Agada , former State Minister of Education, author and essayist.

-David Mark , former Nigerian Senate President.

-Monday Riku Morgan , Air Vice Marshal, former Chief of Defense Intelligence.

-Abba Moro , former Benue state Algon Chairman, former Minister of Interior, Senator, educationist.

-Moses Ochonu, author, historian. 

-Audu Ogbeh , former Minister of Communications, former National Chairman of PDP, former Minister of Agriculture & Rural Development. 

-Terry G--- Oche Amanyi , Nigeria Musician. 

-Ahmedu 'Blackface Naija' Augustine Obiabo, musician. 

-Ada Ameh, the popular Nollywood actress. 

-Susan Peters, Nollywood Actress. 

-Chris Morgan, Nigeria Gospel musician. 

-Daniel Amokachi , Former super eagle player. 

-Dr. Pastor Paul Enenche, Senior Pastor of Dunamis International Gospel Centre. 

-John Enenche, Nigeria Army general. 

-Ruth Ene Audu ‘Néiza’; Youtuber and CEO, Néizafabrics. 

-Tina Abah: popular hollywood Artist. 

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