Urhobo people

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Urhobo people
Ihwo r' Urhobo
Total population
c. 6-7 million[1] ()
Related ethnic groups
Isoko, Bini, Esan, Afemai, Ijaw, Itsekiri

The Urhobo people are an ethnic group in southern Nigeria in Delta State.[2] They are the major ethnic group in Delta State.[3] The Urhobo people speak the Urhobo language.[4]

Notable people[change | change source]

Location[change | change source]

Professor Peter Palmer Ekeh, Founder of Urhobo Historical Society wrote in his book: Studies in Urhobo Culture, that "Urhobo is [...] in the Atlantic forest belt that stretches from Senegal in West Africa to Angola in central Africa. Historically, this region was the most pristine in all of Africa. Until the Portuguese burst into its territories in the late fifteenth century, its forest peoples cultivated their own forms of civilization, untouched by outside influences. This forest belt of western Africa was reached neither by ancient Christian influences, which had a large foothold in North Africa, nor by Islamic forces that came as far south as Hausaland by the eleventh century. While East Africa and even Central Africa were touched by Asian and Arab influences from across the Indian Ocean, as the amalgam of Swahili bears out, no similar trans-Atlantic influences breached the forest belt until the Portuguese arrival in the late fifteenth century".


Marriage[change | change source]

Before marriage in Urhobo culture is said to properly contracted, prayers must be offered to the ancestors (Erivwin) and God (Oghene).[6] The bride's father offers a prayer and blessing in the native dialect for the couple.[7][8]

At this point, the bride sits on the husband's lap.[7][8] The blessed drink is handed to the husband who drinks first; he then hands it to his wife to drink.[7][8] The wife would drink and pass it back to her husband to finish, as a sign of respect.[7][8] Then only are they declared husband and wife.[7][8]

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  1. https:/joshuaproject.net/people_groups/15728/NI
  2. "Urhobo | people | Britannica". www.britannica.com. Retrieved 2022-03-05.
  3. "Delta State, Nigeria Genealogy". FamilySearch Wiki. 2020-04-11. Retrieved 2022-03-05.
  4. "Urhobo | people | Britannica". www.britannica.com. Retrieved 2022-03-05.
  5. Ekeh, Peter Palmer (2005). Studies in Urhobo Culture. Buffalo: Urhobo Historical Society. p. 2. ISBN 978-978-067-769-5.
  6. 6.0 6.1 "Urhobo". Hometown.ng. Archived from the original on 2021-06-17.
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 7.4 Sorokwu, Victor (2 September 2017). "How traditional marriage is contracted in Urhobo". Daily Trust. Archived from the original on 2020-08-09. Retrieved 1 March 2023.
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 8.4 "Pastor Isaiah Ogedegbe's traditional marriage". YouTube.