Isoko people

Isoko people are an ethnolinguistic group who inhabit the Isoko region of Delta State, and Bayelsa State Nigeria.[3] They are people of southern Nigeria, near the northwestern Niger delta.[4] Delta State and Bayelsa State are part of the 36 states of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

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Isoko girl
Total population
1 million + [1][2] ()
Regions with significant populations
Isoko region (Nigeria)
Christianity and Traditional African religions
Related ethnic groups
Urhobo, Bini, Esan, Afemai
Isoko mask

The Isokos speak the Isoko language, a language of the Kwa branch of the Niger-Congo family[5] which is also very linguistically similar to the Urhobo language, Epie-Atissa language, Engenni language. James W. Welch asserted that Isoko language is a dialect of Urhobo language,[6] and many people[who?] share that opinion.

The Isoko culture is related to several cultures in the Niger-Delta - namely, Urhobo, Ijaw and Anioma.[1] Urhobo are related in language and culture, leading to the invaders erroneously labelling the Urhobo and Isoko cultural groups as Sobo.[5] This name was strongly rejected by both tribes.[7][8]

The Isoko ethnic group consist of nineteen clans namely: Uzere, Ozoro, Erowha, Owhe, Iyede, Okpe, Emede, Igbide, Emevor, Ofagbe, Ellu, Oyede, Umeh, Irri,Aviara,Olomoro,Enwhe, Okpolo and Oleh.[9]

Notable peopleEdit


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