Is Igbo a tribe?

Igbo is the name of an ethnic group indigenous to west Africa. Technically, Igbo is a meta-ethnicity which encompasses different sub-groups that make up an interconnected whole. All which have very similar linguistics, ancient belief systems and cultural practices. This is why there are so many dialects.

Read more about Igbo dialects here.

The word “tribe” isn’t an accurate term for ethnic groups.

This is part of a series: Answering commonly asked questions about the Igbo culture language and people. Click the link to find more answers to commonly asked questions.


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