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Ijo

 

(also Ijaw; self-designation, Ije), a people living in southern Nigeria in the delta of the Niger River. Population, approximately 800,000 (1967 estimate). The Ijo’s language is conventionally attributed to the Guinean group of languages. The majority of the Ijo are Christians, but some retain the local traditional beliefs. At the beginning of the 15th century, the Ijo founded the city of Bonny, which was one of the centers of the slave trade in West Africa. The principal occupations are tropical agriculture (yams, manioc, and sweet potato), gathering the fruit of the oil palm, and fishing.

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His words: 'We are preparing the ground for the emergence of a new set of leaders not just of this state, but of the Ijaw nation and the Niger Delta.
The Bayelsa State Government has expressed joy over the safe return of some indigenes of Peremabiri community in Southern Ijaw local government area of the state, nearly two years after they were forced to relocate from the area.
They also demonstrate their literary proficiency in their folklores which is similar to that of other Niger Delta counterparts like the Ijaw, Ibibio, Anang, Edo, Efik, etc.
In an interview with DW, Eric Omare, spokesman of Ijaw Youth Council (IYC), a youth movement in the Niger Delta, said the government is partly to blame for the increasing militancy of the so-called Avengers.
Asimismo, existen 250 grupos etnicos, entre los que destacan: Hausa y Fulani (29% de la poblacion), Yoruba (21%), Igbo (18%), Ijaw (10%), Kanuri (4%), Ibibio (3.
Jaja and Igbigbi (8) in their work on the digital and palmar dermatoglyphics of the Ijaw of Southern Nigeria reported the ulnar loops as being the most prevalent digital ridge pattern type, followed by whorls, arches and the least being the radial loops.
He is the first Ijaw to hold his office and his rise to the presidency after Yar'Adua's death marked a positive step in the institutionalisation of the constitution.
Categories were Hausa, Ibo, Yoruba, Fulani, Tiv, Kanuri, Ibibio, Ijaw and Other.
Women of the Ibibio, Igala, Igbo, Ijaw, and Yoruba ethnic groups were significantly more likely to be overweight or obese compared to women of the Hausa ethnic group.
Born in 1957 in the oil-rich Niger Delta, Jonathan is from the Ijaw ethnic group.