The 1945 Jos riots were a series of ethnic conflicts which occurred in the city of Jos, located in Plateau State, Nigeria, between ethnic Igbos and Hausa-Fulani.

1945 Jos riots
LocationJos, Nigeria
TargetIgbos and Hausa-Fulani
Attack type
DeathsAt least two people killed
Injuredunspecified number

The 1945 Jos riots were fueled by a combination of factors, including competition for political power, economic resources, and disputes over land and religious differences. The conflicts have mainly been between the predominantly Muslim Hausa-Fulani ethnic group and the predominantly Christian Igbo ethnic group, although other groups have also been involved.



Contrary to popular beliefs the 1945 Jos riots was a potato market riot,[1] and not a massacre or religious war. Though the death toll is unknown, multiple reports put the figure of not more than two people dying.[2]


  1. ^ Mohammed, Barira (March 2018). ""Southerners" in a "Northern" Market: A Study of the Jos Potato Market Riot of 1945". ResearchGate. 3 (4).
  2. ^ Plotnicov, Leonard (1971). "An Early Nigerian Civil Disturbance: The 1945 Hausa-Ibo Riot in Jos". The Journal of Modern African Studies. 9 (2): 297–305. doi:10.1017/S0022278X00024976. ISSN 0022-278X. JSTOR 159448. S2CID 154565379.