Isoko people are an ethnolinguistic group that inhabits the Isoko region of Delta State, and Bayelsa State Nigeria.[2] They are people of southern Nigeria, near the northwestern Niger delta. Delta State and Bayelsa State are part of the 36 states of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. The Isokos speak the Isoko language, which is 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[3] and many people hold that opinion. The Isoko culture is related to several cultures in the Niger-Delta - namedly, Urhobo, Ijaw and Anioma. Urhobo are related in language and culture, leading to the missionaries erroneously labelling the Urhobo and Isoko cultural groups as Sobo. This name was strongly rejected by both tribes.

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Isoko girl
Total population
Regions with significant populations
Isoko region (Nigeria)
Christianity and Traditional African religions
Related ethnic groups
Isoko mask

Notable PeopleEdit


  1. ^ "Isoko in Nigeria". Joshua Project. Retrieved 14 February 2019.
  2. ^ The Isoko Tribe, James W. Welch
  3. ^ Welch, James W. (1934). "The Isoko Tribe". Africa: Journal of the International African Institute. 7 (2): 160–173. doi:10.2307/1155529. JSTOR 1155529.

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