Gbagyi people

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Gbagyi or Gbari are the two dialects of an ethnic group found in central Nigeria. They are most often called Gwari which is a derogatory term that was used by the Hausa Fulani rulers of pre-colonial Nigeria. They predominantly live in the Niger, Kaduna, States[citation needed] and the Federal Capital Territory. They are also found in Nasarawa and Kogi States in central Nigerian Area.Gbagyi is the most populated ethnic Group and indigenous in the Federal Capital Territory of Nigeria and their major occupation is farming.[1][2]

The Gbagyi people are known to be peace-loving, transparent and accommodating people. Northerners are fond of saying in Hausa language muyi shi Gwari Gwari, "let’s do it like the Gbagyi" or "in the Gbagyi way". According to Tanko Chigudu, the Gbagyi people have emerged as a unique breed among Nigerians: their culture shows how much they have come to terms with the universe. Daily they aspire to give life a meaning no matter the situation they find themselves.[3]

There's no evidence that shows Gbagyi people were often enslaved by some of the nearby Hausa-Fulani emirates as postulated by some scholars.[4]

One famous Gbagyi is General and former President of Nigeria Ibrahim Babangida. He hails from Niger State of Nigeria.[5]


  1. ^ Chigudu Tanko Theophilus (2008), A brief History of the Gbagyi Speaking People, an unpublished Article
  2. ^ Mefor, Law (16 December 2008). "Is FCT truly a federal zone?". Daily Independent (Nigeria: Independent Newspapers Limited (Lagos), via Retrieved 2009-12-20. [dead link]
  3. ^ Chigudu Tanko T, (2008:2, The Impact Of Urbanization on the Gbagyi People in Abuja
  4. ^ Curtin, Philip D.; Lovejoy, Paul E. "Africans in bondage : studies in slavery and the slave trade : essays in honor of Philip D. Curtin on the occasion of the twenty-fifth anniversary of African Studies at the University of Wisconsin (1986)", p. 240
  5. ^ Helen Chapin Metz, ed. "The Babangida Government"Nigeria: A Country Study, Washington: GPO for the Library of Congress, 1991: accessed May 11, 2007.