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26 Nigerian Beauty Vloggers Who Proudly Represent Their Tribes

Avatar • Mar 5, 2016

Most Nigerian beauty vloggers are not just vocal about their nationality but their tribes as well.  This is because Nigeria has over three hundred distinct groups.  The “tribe” defines who we are down to the language, culture, customs, and sometimes food.  It is something that the word “Nigerian” cannot fully explain or capture.   Here are 26 Nigerian beauty vloggers and IG personalities who rep for their tribes.

From Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s, “Half of a Yellow Sun”:

…my point is that the only authentic identity for the African is the tribe…I am Nigerian because a white man created Nigeria and gave me that identity. I am black because the white man constructed black to be as different as possible from his white. But I was Igbo before the white man came.

Uwanii is representing for Hausa, one of the three major tribes in Nigeria.  Hausa people tend to reside in the northern part of the country and comprise roughly 29% of the population.  The Hausa language is a Chadic language, which is in the Afro-Asiatic family.

uwanii

https://www.instagram.com/uwanii

uwanii 2

https://www.instagram.com/uwanii

uwanii 3

https://www.instagram.com/uwanii

uwanii 4

https://www.instagram.com/uwanii

Meerah also reps for Hausa.

meerah

https://www.instagram.com/meerahscloset/

meerah 1

https://www.instagram.com/meerahscloset/

meerah 3

https://www.instagram.com/meerahscloset/

As does Halima.

halima

https://www.instagram.com/halimabepo/

halima 2

https://www.instagram.com/halimabepo/

The next group of beauty vloggers represent for Yoruba, the second major tribe in Nigeria.  Yoruba people generally hail from the southwestern portion of the country and comprise nearly 21% of the population.  The Yoruba language is one of several Edekiri languages (which are spoken across Togo, Benin, and Nigeria). 

Peak mill

peakmill

https://www.instagram.com/peakmilll/

peakmill 1

https://www.instagram.com/peakmilll/

peakmill 2

https://www.instagram.com/peakmilll/

Temitope

naturallytemi

https://www.instagram.com/naturallytemi/

naturallytemi 2

https://www.instagram.com/naturallytemi/

Ropo Demure

ropo.demure

https://www.instagram.com/ropo.demure

ropo.demure 2

https://www.instagram.com/ropo.demure

ropo.demure 3

https://www.instagram.com/ropo.demure

Lizzie

lizzieloves.x

https://www.instagram.com/lizzieloves.x/

lizzieloves.x 2

https://www.instagram.com/lizzieloves.x/

Jennifer Olaleye

jenniferolaleye

https://www.instagram.com/jenniferolaleye/

jenniferolaleye 3

https://www.instagram.com/jenniferolaleye/

jenniferolaleye 4

https://www.instagram.com/jenniferolaleye/

Ronke Raji

ronkeraji

https://www.instagram.com/ronkeraji/

ronkeraji 1

https://www.instagram.com/ronkeraji/

ronkeraji 2

https://www.instagram.com/ronkeraji/

Jackie Aina

jackieaina 2

https://www.instagram.com/jackieaina

jackieaina 3

https://www.instagram.com/jackieaina

jackieaina 5

https://www.instagram.com/jackieaina

Tomi

therealtomi

https://www.instagram.com/therealtomi_/

therealtomi 1

https://www.instagram.com/therealtomi_/

therealtomi 3

https://www.instagram.com/therealtomi_/

The next group of the beauty gurus represent for the Igbo tribe.  Igbos, another major tribe in Nigeria, generally hail from the southeastern part of the country and make up 18% of the country’s population.  Igbo people originate from the Nri Kingdom, which is one of the oldest kingdoms in Nigeria:

Thatigbochick/Dimma

thatigbochick

https://www.instagram.com/thatigbochick/

thatigbochick 2

https://www.instagram.com/thatigbochick/

thatigbochick 3

https://www.instagram.com/thatigbochick/

Patricia

thepatriciabright

https://www.instagram.com/thepatriciabright/

thepatriciabright 1

https://www.instagram.com/thepatriciabright/

thepatriciabright 2

https://www.instagram.com/thepatriciabright/

Whitney

whitneymadueke

https://www.instagram.com/whitneymadueke/

whitneymadueke 1

https://www.instagram.com/whitneymadueke/

whitneymadueke 3

https://www.instagram.com/whitneymadueke/

Chiomy

chiomyada

https://www.instagram.com/ChiomyAda/

chiomyada 1

https://www.instagram.com/ChiomyAda/

Geraldine

gerimua

https://www.instagram.com/gerimua/

gerimua 2

https://www.instagram.com/gerimua/

Miszposhmua

miszposhmua

https://www.instagram.com/miszposhmua/

miszposhmua 1

https://www.instagram.com/miszposhmua/

miszposhmua 3

https://www.instagram.com/miszposhmua/

Chizi Duru

chizi duru

https://www.instagram.com/chiziduru/

chizi duru 2

https://www.instagram.com/chiziduru/

Omabelle

omabelle

https://www.instagram.com/omabelle/

omabelle 2

https://www.instagram.com/omabelle/

omabelle 3

https://www.instagram.com/omabelle/

Chichi

naturalmezecurls

https://www.instagram.com/naturalmezecurls/

naturalmezecurls 1

https://www.instagram.com/naturalmezecurls/

naturalmezecurls 2

https://www.instagram.com/naturalmezecurls/

Jennie

thejenniejenkins

www.instagram.com/thejenniejenkins/

thejenniejenkins 2

www.instagram.com/thejenniejenkins/

thejenniejenkins 3

www.instagram.com/thejenniejenkins/

Ajay describes herself as “half Yoruba, half Delta”.  To give you an idea of what this means, she reps for the South (west and east united)!

ajaysglam

https://www.instagram.com/Ajaysglam/

ajaysglam 2

https://www.instagram.com/Ajaysglam/

ajaysglam 5

https://www.instagram.com/Ajaysglam/

Shirley Eniang is half Nigerian, representing for Ibibio (in Akwa Ibom State) in southeastern Nigeria.

shirleybeniang

https://www.instagram.com/shirleybeniang/

shirleybeniang 1

https://www.instagram.com/shirleybeniang/

Enibaby is reppin’ for Edo.  The Edo people date back to the Benin Empire, a pre-colonial empire.  They reside in the south/mid-western part of Nigeria.

enibaby

https://www.youtube.com/user/enibaby4/about

enibaby 1

https://www.youtube.com/user/enibaby4/about

EfikZara represents for the Efik tribe, which resides primarily in the southeastern part of the country, partically in Cross River State.  There are over 600,000 Efik people in Nigeria.

efikzara

https://www.instagram.com/efikzara/

efikzara 1

https://www.instagram.com/efikzara/

efikzara 3

https://www.instagram.com/efikzara/

Her sister, Nicola, is also beauty vlogger.

https://www.instagram.com/simplygorgeousnic/

https://www.instagram.com/simplygorgeousnic/

Igbo stand up! Ikwerre stand up! 
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cryssi
cryssi
4 years ago

That melanin though

Schnookums
Schnookums
4 years ago

Beautybyjj is Igbo lol but tbh I really don’t mean to be negative but I don’t really get why this is necessary. Going out of your way to distinguish us by our tribes just feels devisive. I love being Yoruba but I’m definitely Nigerian first and for most. just my two cents

Namaste
Namaste
4 years ago
Reply to  Schnookums

I see your point, but I don’t think it was meant to be divisive… more so to mention our diversity because if you’re not Nigerian (and most of the readers on here aren’t) you wouldn’t know all of this. We are all Nigerian at the end of the day, but it was cool to know everyone’s respective backgrounds.

April
April
4 years ago
Reply to  Schnookums

I actually really like the way this article was done. As someone who isn’t Nigerian it’s nice to see. I see the word Naija a lot, but I have very little knowledge of the various tribes.

fromanotherplanet
fromanotherplanet
4 years ago
Reply to  Schnookums

What is divisive about celebrating Nigerian women from different tribes tho??? I am so confused. When Africans are lumped into one restrictive group, we complain about our humanity being reduced. Now you have a post that is highlighting the diverse beauty and heritage of Nigerian women and Africans are still mad? Lord ham mercy. You can still be different but united and that is the point of this post. I personally think this is an amazing post because it is educating the West about diversity within Africa and Nigeria. Well done bglh.

CocoaGoddess
CocoaGoddess
4 years ago

As an African, I understand what she means. There’s a lot of tribalism in Nigeria, and other African nations

BeastOfNoNation
BeastOfNoNation
4 years ago
Reply to  CocoaGoddess

Let’s not lie to ourselves though. Each tribe is completely different. We don’t even speak the sme languages or dress the same or , in some instances, eat the same food. Had the british not formed Nigeria, we would never have chosen to be a country all together. Intertribal conflicts came about as a result of tribes that just cannot stand each other.

jalabi
jalabi
4 years ago

_You can still be different but united and that is the point of this post._

Yes. “Though tribe and tongue may differ, in brotherhood we stand!”

E.A
E.A
4 years ago
Reply to  Schnookums

I guess that’s your view many others do not feel that I see myself as an uhrobo girl, first then delta before Nigerian. It doesn’t mean I love Nigeria less but simply my identity comes from my tribe first before Nigeria. As long as we can all respect each other nothing wrong with this.

SheridaDaily
4 years ago
Reply to  Schnookums

You do know that before coloniolism, West Africa, was a place with tons of different belief systems, religions varying from place to place. There was no such thing as “Nigeria” until the 20th Century. So I’d argue that acknowledging *specifically* where you come from, like this article has done, is a thing that you should pride yourself on. Africans, and in this case Nigerians, aren’t a monolithic group with exactly the same political beliefs, religions and history.

IdiotDrool
IdiotDrool
4 years ago
Reply to  Schnookums

I think it’s interesting because even though we are the same people and share much cultural history, there are individual quirks/food/dress in each tribe. We are not monolithic, as many outsiders will assume, it is always appreciated when others show how diverse we really are.

Wasashoot
4 years ago

Damn they’re all beautiful

Namaste
Namaste
4 years ago

Nigeria, kwenu

Cosita
Cosita
4 years ago

My uncle is from Nigeria and says he and his family are Benin. Is that exactly the same as saying you are Edo? I like this article. Very interesting. Wish it had more pics of women rep’ing natural hair in its natural state though. I intend to look up the ones that do and follow them.

pearl080233
pearl080233
4 years ago
Reply to  Cosita

yup.. benin is the capital city and edo is the state..

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disqus_XjdJ6Hq7Kf
4 years ago
Reply to  Cosita

yas,Edo is the state Benin is the capital.

jalabi
jalabi
4 years ago
Reply to  Cosita

The ethnic group is Bini. Benin City is the capital of Edo State, and the city is also the capital/center of power of the great Bini kingdom.

Oba ghato’ okpere! (Ise!)

Cosita
Cosita
4 years ago
Reply to  jalabi

Thanks. I love learning about different cultures. My uncle is divorced from my aunt and lives out of state do I don’t often get to ask him questions. His children, my cousins, live near me and when I ask them anything they don’t know. I think I’m more interested than they are. I asked him his ethnic group last time I saw him because they didn’t know. I asked them once what their dad’s native language was and they told me Swahili. Pretty sure they just made that up. I have other cousins with Nigerian dads who are much more.… Read more »

jalabi
jalabi
4 years ago
Reply to  Cosita

_I asked them once what their dad’s native language was and they told me Swahili. Pretty sure they just made that up._

Yeah, unless their dad was born and brought up in east Africa (Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania), I think they were pulling your legs 🙂

Mackenzie Irick Milks
Mackenzie Irick Milks
4 years ago

I just can’t with this. I already knew I could stand to step my game up, but with all of these beauties serving in one place, I’ll need to add them ALL to my Youtube subscriptions. And to those who feel that distinguishing them by their tribes is divisive, don’t be disheartened. It is informational to many of us who are not from the continent, and do not have the same information you do. Here in the states, we represent our individual cities and states fiercely! It doesn’t separate us, however. We’re all American. But, beauty bloggers/vloggers from Chicago serve… Read more »

Simi Akinwale
Simi Akinwale
4 years ago

Lool beautybyjj is Yoruba, Marlene is from Ivory Coast i think (or another francophone country) and she isn’t sisters with enibaby (but they’re close friends)

Chiiee
Chiiee
4 years ago
Reply to  Simi Akinwale

Jennie isn’t Yoruba, she’s Igbo.

Chinwe
Chinwe
4 years ago
Reply to  Simi Akinwale

Lol. I too thought beautybyjj was Yoruba but it turns out she’s Igbo and her name is Chioma: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-EnOtbMYHf8.
I got confused on Marlene with the video she did with Enibaby, but you’re right. She’s not Nigerian so I’ve corrected that.
Thanks!

SheridaDaily
4 years ago

This was a really nice article and all these ladies are stunning. Geraldine The Great is incredible-looking *heartemoji*

dedesantos
dedesantos
4 years ago

lol I had no idea jackie aina was nigerian even with her last name I thought she was AA. Its nice to know the different tribes and cultures within the country itself. And that quote from half of yellow sun is really true thats colonialsm for u lol. I Enjoyed this post plz continue with more informative and uplifting content bglh!!

Namaste
Namaste
4 years ago

Jennie is Igbo. She posted recently about it in her Snap Chat Q&A.

fromanotherplanet
fromanotherplanet
4 years ago

Well look at you with your stunning self. Naija babes stay slaying. Abi. Yass!!

Guest
Guest
4 years ago

All of these women are stunning. Wow! So glad to see black, (especially) African women being highlighted in such a positive way. More of this please and less of the sex (slave master & his wife/pornhub stats) stuff.

CocoaGoddess
CocoaGoddess
4 years ago
Reply to  Guest

???more positive than that for sure

Hybiscus
Hybiscus
4 years ago

Fab article, even more fab are the pictures… but agh! I must point out that historically, we Africans should reject the word ‘tribe’ and swap it for ‘Ethnic Group’. To keep it brief, the word tribe has a shady history as a pejorative that never applies to Euro/Anglo groups.

BeastOfNoNation
BeastOfNoNation
4 years ago
Reply to  Hybiscus

Absolutely nothing wrong with the word tribe. No Nigerians have a problem with it so stop trying to make it offensive

Hybiscus
Hybiscus
4 years ago

Stop trying to bully others silent out of your own personal ignorance, not all Nigerians like/use it.
For anyone (else) reading this and wants to understand why the word is problematic for Africa, just google “the trouble with tribe”

maryam
maryam
4 years ago
Reply to  Hybiscus

What Nigeria have you been living in? I’ve never known anyone having a problem with the word tribe. We acknowledge and cherish our family history.

Hybiscus
Hybiscus
4 years ago
Reply to  maryam

That’s your view and your choice to express it insolently — good for you. I asked other Nigerians I know about this, one reminded me that this same troublesome word was quite rightly one of the reasons the old Nigerian national anthem was replaced with what we have today. That, @maryam, is the Nigeria I know, and it was likely before you were born. Oddly, the arguments or logic for embracing ‘Tribe’ seem very similar to the arguments or logic of some African Americans insisting on using/embracing the N‑word. We can’t agree on either, and that’s ok. I’m bored now, done… Read more »

Adrienne Chukwuneta
Adrienne Chukwuneta
4 years ago

Ndigbo, ke kwanu?

ZAM
ZAM
4 years ago

BEAUTIFUL!!!
NEXT ARTICLE, PLEASE INCLUDE MY FELLOW GHANAIAN SISTERS TOO BGLH!!!

Ugonna Wosu
Ugonna Wosu
4 years ago

We all have the thickest hair! Igbo girls unite!

A.P. Millz-CT
A.P. Millz-CT
4 years ago

I’m just wondering how they would look minus the weaves and TONS of makeup.. But, yeah

T
T
4 years ago
Reply to  A.P. Millz-CT

You should go to our pages (hence why they are linked) and check

Ugonna Wosu
Ugonna Wosu
4 years ago
Reply to  A.P. Millz-CT

Most of them don’t have weaves, stop hating.

Lala
Lala
4 years ago

Beautiful post. Would love to see alot more positive and inspiring posts such as this.

ARM
ARM
4 years ago

So flawlesss. The quote has me like.….what does that mean if u black american tho? and u dont know/have a tribe

BeastOfNoNation
BeastOfNoNation
4 years ago
Reply to  ARM

I think it’s possible to get a DNA test done. That’s what I heard anyway. I know Taraji P. Henson was able to find out the tribe she’s from in Cameroon

ARM
ARM
4 years ago

Right. But I feel like a DNA test is different from learning your tribe based on your parents. There’s more pride and a sense of belonging to me if you learn from your parents.

bosslaydee
bosslaydee
4 years ago

k.. all these women are too gorgeous for words. hair and makeup on 10. but i hate seeing black people with those blue/grey contacts. embrace your natural browns, theyre better anyways 🙂

Omemi
Omemi
4 years ago
Reply to  bosslaydee

Hi, yes she does have contacts on. But just for future reference there are tribes in Rivers and Akwa ibom state that their indigenes are known to have grey/blue eyes.

Cosita
Cosita
4 years ago
Reply to  bosslaydee

I wear gray contacts when the mood hits me. I have much love for my dark brown eyes. I don’t see it as an issue. Some people in my family have naturally gray eyes. My mom and some others have light Amber color. Many people assume gray is my actual eye color until I tell them different or they see me back to clear contacts. Actually I’m thinking of getting some purple like color contacts.

Ms. Vee
Ms. Vee
4 years ago

Beauty…it’s all over this page. Much love to the Nigerian women doing their thing.

Amma Mama
4 years ago

I’m subscribed to a few of these ladies including Ronke Raji who I met before. She’s a sweetie.

allthingsammamama.com

jalabi
jalabi
4 years ago

Jennie is Igbo. Patricia Bright is Igbo too. She’s said so in her “Draw My Life”, she references it all the time, she and her (white British) husband regularly do Igbo accents, and her mom speaks Igbo on camera lots of times 🙂

BecomingTia
4 years ago

Add TheLovelyIfy to this list!

Odinaka Onyema
Odinaka Onyema
4 years ago

Overdose of beauty. So much melanin in one post. Igbo girls killing it everywhere. I’m so proud. Nigeria Kwenu!

ComeLetsTalk
ComeLetsTalk
4 years ago

Gosh damn black women are so damn beautiful. Baskin Robbins I tell you.

BeastOfNoNation
BeastOfNoNation
4 years ago

I have lived in Nigeria most of my life and absolutely NOBODY I know nor have met has a problem with the word tribe. Politicians use the word tribe. Regular Nigerians use the word tribe. The first time I even heard the term ‘ethnic group’ was from an African American who was getting offended over the word ‘tribe’. I don’t know why you have to insult me and call me ignorant when I’m telling you from the point of view of an African. Am I now ignorant of my own culture? There is nothing derogatory about the word ‘tribe’. The… Read more »

Hybiscus
Hybiscus
4 years ago

OK I replied strongly to your accusation not insulted you. You’re still going round in circles, just because you and the Nigerians that you know and mix with, do use the word does not make it acceptable. I’ve probably lived in & known Nigeria longer than you, nonetheless, that does not change the fact that this word (that mostly un-read & useless politicos still say) has TOXIC roots. Look, Beast, just ignore me; nod happily and smile widely when you and your heritage are being covertly insulted and/or condescended to by some foreigner who deliberately uses the word to you. Your… Read more »

BeastOfNoNation
BeastOfNoNation
4 years ago
Reply to  Hybiscus

keep trying to find offence in things that are not offensive. I’m a Nigerian by birth and by nationality. I am from the Urhobo tribe. my mother is from the Yoruba tribe. When I interact with other Nigerians, I ask them what tribe they hail from and they reply to me with the name of said tribe. When the head of our family addresses us at family reunions in the village, he clarifies that we are the people of the Urhobo tribe. Every Nigerian I know and have grown up with has referred to their ethnicity with the word ‘tribe’.… Read more »

Hybiscus
Hybiscus
4 years ago

Someone please give her a biscuit. I’m done here. Next..!

maryam
maryam
4 years ago

hausa girls winning!

MagnoliaGirl Phillips
MagnoliaGirl Phillips
3 years ago

I love Patricia Bright she’s awesome check out her YouTube channel

Maureen Oroma Hope
Maureen Oroma Hope
4 years ago

Check out Beautylikemaureen on Instagram/YouTube/Facebook she’s from south-south, port harcourt city , Ikwerre to be precise, very humble and down to earth.

Yvonne Igunma
Yvonne Igunma
4 years ago

Thanks for highlighting Nigerian talent. However, Jennie Jenkins is Yoruba and Patricia Bright is Edo, like me!! There’s not many of us here so we need that stated! !! LOL

Juliet Ufuoma Otomewo
Juliet Ufuoma Otomewo
4 years ago

All i see is 99% of make up and 95% of wigs!!!!! Where is the african beauty???

aiahmed
aiahmed
4 years ago

Fulani?? We out here in yola, chillin. ?

janie
janie
3 years ago

wow nice selection. you guys should check out Cherish o isaac on youtube. she just started but damn her story times thou.

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