Delta State is in the south-South geopolitical zone of Nigeria.
referred to
as “The Big Heart”, I would say the people
indeed have big
expressive heart
s.  Deltans are peace loving, hospitable and warm people. Despite tribal differences, the state has managed to keep its peace in recent
The state is bounded to the north and
west by Edo state, to the south east by Bayelsa state and to the east by
Anambra, Imo and Rivers state.
It has 25 LGAs. Major cities include Warri, Asaba,
Ughelli, Agbor
the state’s capital. The population estimate of the people is about 5 million
Delta is quite ethnically diverse and
some of the beautiful tribes in
Delta state.

Itsekiri Tribe

The Itsekiri tribe is found in 3 LGAs in
Delta state namely: Warri North, Warri South, Warri South-West LGAs. They are
also found in Ondo and Edo state. They are related to the Yoruba tribe
especially by their language which is a mixture of Yoruba and Igala language without
any dialectal variation among the towns and villages that make up these regions
which is quite unique and astonishing. 
They are fondly referred to amongst themselves as the Iweres (Kingdom of
Warri) They are predominantly Christians of the Catholic Church and in history,
were mainly fishermen, even if today the
ir part of the state is the centre
for industrial and commercial activities in the state. Population estimate of
Itsekiri people
is about 1 million people.

Isoko Tribe

This tribe comprises 2 LGAs: Isoko North
and Isoko South. They speak the Isoko language which is
largely similar to the Urhobo
language. Farming used to be the occupation of the people but with a lot of
crude oil explorations in the area, farming is now reduced to an extent in the
area. The Isoko people are more traditionalist than any other tribe in Delta
state. There are also Christians in the area, but there is quite an obscure
line there, since most Christians there, also practice traditional religion
Cassava is the main food of the Isoko people in varying delicacies such
as Garri, starch mea
(Ozi) and Egu.

Urhobo Tribe

The Urhobos are in 10 LGAs in Delta state. These include Ethiope east,
Ethiope West, Okpe, Sapele, Udu, Ughellis North, Ughelli South, Uvwie, Warri
south and Patani LGAs. They are
one of the largest tribes in Delta state with population
estimate of about 2 million people. Their culture is quite similar to that of
the Isoko people and used to be referred to together as the Sobos. The most
predominant occupation in the region is fishing and the
Urhobo people are
widely known for their fishing and swimming contests. The Urhobos have a lot of
delicacies such as Ogbono soup, Oghwevwri (emulsified palm oil soup), Ukhodo
recipe (a yam and unripe plantain dish, spiced with Lemon grass and potash), Amiedi
or banga soup amongst others. The Urhobo people are still quite traditionalists
even if Christianity exists in the region, but Christianity is fast gaining a
foothold in the land.

Ijaw Tribe

The Ijaw are in local Government area such as Patani, Bomadi, Burutu,
Warri North, Warri South and Warri South-West. They are also found in parts
around the Bayelsa, Edo, Delta, Ondo, Akwa Ibom and Rivers. The ijaws across
the Niger delta are
put at about
14 million. The main occupation of the people is fishing although farming is
also quite common. The Ijaws are quite primarily Christians but traditional
practices are also quite common.

Anioma Tribe

, also referred to as Delta Igbos are the Igbo
of Delta state. They
are among the largest tribe
s in the state
making up about
one-third of the
state. The population estimate of the people is about 1,114,055.  They are also found in small communities in
the neighboring Edo state, in Oguta in Imo state and Ndoni in Rivers state.
They are also found in Anambra state. They speak dialectal variations of the
Igbo language  including a pure dialect
of the Igbo language and make up about 8 LGAs in Delta state: namely: Aniocha
North, Aniocha South, Ndokwa East, Ndokwa West, Ika North-East, Ika South,
Oshimili North and Oshimili south. Asaba, the capital of Delta state is
in Anioma land.  The region is rich in crude oil and gas
deposits and other mineral resources. The Anioma people are mainly farmers and
there are a lot of Christians in the area but traditional practices are still
quite dominant in the region.

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