Brief history of Marghi, by Sunday Ijuptil Buba


The Margi were identified as having four different groups:

1. Margi Putai who are in the west (Venghan 1970) within Damboa, Chibok, etc.

2. Margi Babal are on the plains and are historically linked to Izge, Mulgwi, Gamergu and Lamang, Lassa, Mussa Dille etc.

3. Margi Udzur’Ngu are the hill Margi (Gulak, Madagali, Shuwa, Dzuyel, Maiva, etc.) who have historically been linked to Sukur, Gudur, Hug Gi, Waga, Tur and Fall.

4. Margi Tiwirtim which was later known as Margi Dzakwa or Margi South (Wamdeo, Uvu, Uba, Mishara, Betsu, Hildi and Muva).

The Margi babal and Margi Udzur’ngu have a very similar language with ignorable dialectic differences.

Generally, the cultures are similar with perhaps differences as a result of the introduction of Christianity with the Christian culture and Islam with Islamic culture. They call God ‘Iju’.

The Margi Putai who are largely located in Chibok and Damboa local government areas remain distinct from the others. Their language is largely different while the Kanuri culture has had a significant influence on their way of life. They call God ‘Tambi’.

The Margi Tittim or Dzakwa, on the other hand, shares some similarities with Kilba people in the southern part of Margi land. They call God ‘Hyel’. Other historical records indicate that Margi native authority office was first opened in Wamdeo with the office of the District Office before it was later moved to Uba.

Sunday Ijuptil Buba! proudly Marghi Babal


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