Now, before anyone talks about the socio-religious and ethnic taboos in Nigeria, one must possess a profound knowledge of the Nigerian people, their ethnic groups, their culture and norms, and religious backgrounds. Only in that way, one could be able to understand and justify the reason for the many taboos in Nigeria.

Nigeria is a country with a population of 204,630,242 according to the 2020 census estimation, with its people coming from different religious and ethnic backgrounds, which is recorded to be over 290-300 ethnic groups as measured by the presence of different languages and self-identification. This is according to the American Historical Association, so do not be overwhelmed about the so many taboos in Nigeria.

According to Nigeria Fact Sheet, Nigeria consists of 250 ethnic groups, the most popular and politically influential are the Hausa-Fulani’s, the Ibo’s (Igbo’s) the Yoruba’s, and the Ibibio’s.

Nigeria’s Official language is English, Hausa, Ibo, Yoruba, Fulani and over 500 additional languages.

Two-third of the country is dominated by the Hausa-Fulani’s in Northern Nigeria, mostly of Muslim descents, coupled with other small ethnic groups found in Northern Nigeria, the Kanuri, Nupe, and the Tiv’s. The Yoruba people are predominant in the Southwest, the Igbo’s are predominant in the South East and the Ibibio’s in the South-South of Nigeria.

Now, for the sake of the cumbersomeness in history, which we may not be able to cover in this article, we’ll only streamline this article to discuss only the Socio-Religious and ethnic taboos from the three major ethnic groups in Nigeria.

In most places in Nigeria, a person or group of persons, can be publicly trolled, shamed, brutally or gravely penalised for breaking a religious taboo, especially in the Northern Nigeria which mainly consists of Muslim descents.

Alas! we’ll also briefly on the taboos of few of the minority ethnic groups present in Nigeria.

The three major ethnic groups in Nigeria are;

Ancient Superstitious beliefs and Taboos in Igbo land (Ibo land) South-Eastern Nigeria

Ancient and Modern Taboo in Yoruba land southwest Nigeria

Taboos in Hausa-Fulani Land in Northern Nigeria

In northern Nigeria which is occupied mostly by Muslims, has their taboos and culture streamlined along with the tenets of the Islamic religion?

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One needs to be very careful when visiting or touring the northern Nigeria as to not in a way commit any action or say words that is considered a taboo as they could be grave punishment that would be unleashed upon those that breaks the taboo.

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