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Meet Nigeria’s Most Respectful Tribe From the Southwest

The Yoruba
Written by Abraham Odhiambo

What is the most respectful tribe in Nigeria? To start with, there are three major ethnic groups in Nigeria that contribute to the vast cultural diversity of the country. The tribes are the Yorubas, the Igbos and the Hausas, and they make up about 70% of the country’s population.

However, these major ethnic groups have several other sub-tribes. In total, there are an estimated 250 ethnic groups and tribes in Nigeria. Each of these tribes inhibits a territory that it considers to be its own by right of inheritance. Without further ado, let’s discuss the most respectful ethnic group in the West African country.

What Is the Most Respectful Tribe in Nigeria?

The Yoruba tribe takes the crown for being the most respectful ethnic group in Nigeria. They have an open heart, soft kinded heart and accommodate a lot. The Yoruba people also boast a rich cultural heritage, with unique beliefs, traditions and languages.

One notable aspect of the Yoruba is the respect they have for elders and emphasis on family ties. This cane be reflected in their social practices.

Yoruba people

Yoruba is the most respectful tribe in Nigeria. Photo/ Wikimedia Commons.

The tribe is found in the southwestern part of Nigeria and have a population over 40 million people. They live mostly in the urban areas, especially in the populous Lagos City. However, there are also much smaller groups scattered living outside Nigeria in Benin and northern Togo.

Yoruba are known as one of the earliest thriving civilizations in Africa. Their progenitor, Oduduwa, is believed to be a migrant from the middle-east who settled down in the present-day Ile-Ife. And this is why the Ooni of Ife is considered to be the foremost and paramount ruler in Yoruba land.

Most Yoruba men are farmers who grow corn, millet and yams as staples, and peanuts, plantains, peas and beans as subsidiary crops. Their women do little farm work but take control of the complex market system. Apart from being farmers and traders, the Yoruba people are also craftsmen. They have traditionally been among the most skilled craftsmen in Africa.

When it comes to religion, the Yorubas, who are the most respectful tribe in Nigeria, have accepted both Christians, Muslims, and Traditional worshipers. Interestingly, one family can have different worshipers. The biggest churches and the most influential religious leaders from Nigeria can be found in Yorubaland.

Which Tribe Has Respect Most in Nigeria?

Compared to other ethnic groups in Nigeria, the Yoruba have the most respect. They are very powerful in politics and academia, and take pride in having the most professors in Nigeria. Prof. Wole Soyinka, who is the first Nigerian to receive a Nobel laureate, is a Yoruba man. A good number of Nigeria’s graduates from some of the most finest colleges and universities in the world are Yoruba people.


A group of Yoruba women. Photo/ Reterdeen.

The political involvement of the Yorubas is another reason why they command respect the most in Nigeria. Yoruba’s Chief Obafemi Awolowo is known as one of the most influential leaders in the Nigerian history. Other respected leaders from the community are SL. Akintola, Bode Thomas, among others.

What Is the Most Sophisticated Tribe in Nigeria?

Apart from being the most respectful tribe in Nigeria, the Yoruba are also the most sophisticated ethnic group in the country. This tribe has produced some of the most popular names in the music industry and sporting world.

The Yoruba people boast of being associated with the popular afro beats, fuji and afro-juju. Veteran Nigerian artists such as Ayinde Barrister, Fela Kuti, Ade, Lagbaja and King Sunny are from Yorubaland. Modern day stars such as Tiwa Savage, Wizkid, Davido and Olamide are also from this community.

Tiwa Savage

Tiwa Savage and Wizkid are from Yorubaland. Photo/ The Guardian Nigeria.

Yoruba is famous for producing top footballers in Nigeria. Over the years, we have seen stars such as Segun Odegbami, Thunder Balogun, and Rashidi Yekini emerge from the southwest. In other sports, heavyweight boxer Anthony Joshua and UFC’s Isreal Adesanya have made the Yoruba proud.

Despite being one of the most respected and respectful tribes in Nigeria, Yoruba states have high rates of criminal activities. The unemployment level of the Yoruba youth has led to an increase in crimes such as kidnapping and rape.

About the author

Abraham Odhiambo

Abraham Odhiambo is a writer with interests in nature, travel, African safari and sports. I'm pursuing a bachelor's degree in Media and Communication at Egerton University.

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