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We Are Idomas And Not Cross Riverians; Yala People

Culture, Stories 8/04/2018 by Anwo Iordepuun Godfrey

Have you ever wished you were an indigene of another state other than Benue?

It must have been because of a very strong reason then, well may be because of this one that has prompted the Yala people of Cross River State to refer to Benue State as their home.

The Yala people of Cross River State are believed to be a subgroup of the Idoma nation, but how true is this?

According to traditional history, Iduh, the father of the Idoma had several children who each established different areas. Hence the expression: “Iduh the father of Idoma”. Iduh who begot the whole Idoma had the following children: Ananawoogeno who begot the children of Igumale; Olinaogwu who begot the people of Ugboju; Idum who begot the people of Adoka; Agabi who begot the people of Otukpo; Eje who begot the people of Oglewu; Ebeibi who begot the people of Umogidi and Odeh who begot the people of Yala. While there may be some truth to the above, the Idoma cannot be said to have a unitary origin. Many Idoma groups and village subsets have their own histories complete with stories about how their people arrived at their current location.

So, it might be that the Yala people wandered too far from home, landing at the present location. One thing that baffles me is the ease with which one who is grounded in idoma language can understand Yala language. In my interaction with a Yala man recently when I visited Ugaga (a district in Yala Local Government Area) for a traditional marriage ceremony, he confidently told me they will one day return home.

The big question however is that will they live the high recognition they now have in Cross River State in pursuit of a home history told them is theirs?

7 thoughts on “We Are Idomas And Not Cross Riverians; Yala People

  1. Abraham Idagu

    we feel at home here in cross river and we have bury much here the truth is that we are feeling at home here no going back…. We Love Idoma as our Grand father and our origin…. We are one….

    @Yala Boy


    when child grow he wil live his father We yala we all no that our foundation is idoma but no going back we are forword.

  3. Joseph Abah

    It is very simple, but it will take the grace of God to achieve this presently in Nigeria current political circle.

    The creation of Apa state for the Idoma is the way out to unite with our Yala brothers and sisters in Cross River state.

    Personally I understand Yala language as an Idoma man from Benue State.

  4. Ogar Godwin Ohiero

    If i May ask, where did Benue/Cross River State originated from? Well as for me idoma as the first son, own a place in Benue State and are the second most populated people in the state. Likewise yala as the second son own a place in Cross River State and are the second most populated people in the state. Above all yala found them selves in the reach region (salt/oil deposit). going back into the hands of Fulani headsmen is not the best. we feel at home. Idoma we love you 🇳🇬

  5. Owokonu Mike

    Idoma is our home weather we all agree or not we’re idoma and idoma is our home

  6. Mike Audu

    Thanks to my Brothers/sisters in cross river, I feel you all, nice comments, our ROOT no go lost. we are one family living separately. If u want to know that same blood runs in us, let idoma man meet yala man outside their various state, they ll be their own brother/sist. May God give us d strength to grow n dominate for better unification n takeover of leadership. Help us God.


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