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Early Music Life Idoma (Idoma Biography)
The Idomas are a people who live primarily in the lower western areas of Benue State, Nigeria, with some also living in Taraba State, Cross Rivers State, Enugu State, Kogi State, and Nasarawa State. The Idoma language belongs to the Akweya subgroup of the Volta-Niger family of Idomoid languages, which also includes the Igede, Alago, Agatu, Etulo, Ete, Akweya (Akpa), and Yala languages of Benue, Nasarawa, Kogi, Enugu, and Northern Cross River states. The Yatye-Akpa subgroup is closely related to the Akweya subgroup. The majority of the territory is inland, south of the River Benue, about 72 kilometers east of its confluence with the River Niger. The Idoma tribe is known for being classy ‘warriors’ and ‘hunters,’ but also for being hospitable and peace-loving.