There are more than two hundred tribes in Nigeria. In addition to this, there are also more than three hundred ethnic groups in Nigeria. Nigeria definitely boasts of several tribes and ethnic groups with distinct features, amazing cultures and intriguing norms. More like we have different countries in one country (Not to worry, there are no plans for secession). With a beautiful cultural heritage and an evergreen tradition, the Nupe tribe stands out. The Nupe culture is fascinating. Their tradition is simply nice. Their customs are not barbaric. In fact, their total way of life is one to learn from. The tribe has also got a set of amazing and inspiring people. Some of which have blazed the trail in different works of life. Here are some of the interesting facts about the Nupe people;
The Yoruba People call them “Tapa”
The Nupe people are called “Tapa” majorly by the Yoruba people. “Tapa” which literally means “kick” in English, has been used to describe the Nupes for centuries. The Nupes have always had a deep connection with the Yoruba people due to the proximity between the two tribes. Another reason is the amount of trade that was done between the two tribes.
The Nupe People have ties with “Sango”
The first fact established the relationship between the Yorubas and the Nupes. The Yoruba god of thunder and lightening, Sango, has some family ties with the Nupes. Legend says that Sango’s mother was a Nupe princess. Sango was also an “Alaafin” of Oyo.
The Language is spoken in five Nigerian States
Niger state, Kwara state, Benue state, Nasarawa state and Kogi state are the five Nigerian states that the Nupe language is predominantly spoken in. Abuja, the Federal Capital territory of Nigeria also has a large number of Nupe-speaking inhabitants.
Their Elderly ones are buried in their sleeping rooms
Sounds weird right? It’s weird and true. The old men, old women and family heads are buried in their sleeping rooms, beneath the floor.