Top 10 Richest Tribes in Africa 2022 (Updated)


Africa is a continent of the world having 54 sovereign countries. Within these countries are diverse ethnic groups each having its own languages and culture. In fact, it had been said that there are over 3,000 tribes on the African continent.

Although the western world often depicts African countries has been poor in terms of wealth, economy, and development, that is not totally true especially when you research and find out that this continent is richly blessed with human and mineral resources in which the Europeans and other world powers explore a lot.

While prosperity and riches do not depend on one’s tribe, there are some tribes that probably due to connections or other reasons have set themselves up as one of the richest on the continent.


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In no particular order, here are the top 10 richest tribes in Africa today.


Top 10 Richest Tribes in Africa 2022.

Below are the researched rankings of the Top 10 Richest tribes in Africa and their overview respectively.

Note; It’s Imperative to note that these top 10 African richest tribes are not just fabricated but we’re gotten from deep research and the observation of popular and influential people in the society. 


Yoruba Tribe

The Yoruba tribe is mainly found in South Western Nigeria and in Southern Benin though their greatest population is in Nigeria. Yoruba is unarguably one of the largest ethnic groups in Africa with a population estimate of about 35 million people.

In Nigeria, they account for about 20% of the population. This tribe is one of the richest tribes in Africa. Due to the early acceptance of western education by these people, they produce more professionals than any other tribe in Nigeria.


Zulu Tribe

The Zulu tribe is one of the most prominent and richest tribes in Africa and widely known around the globe.

They speak the isiZulu language and are found mostly in South Africa with a large population of the tribe in countries Zambia, Zimbabwe, and other African countries.

The population of its member is put to an estimated amount of 11 million. They have one of an elegant culture and known for their festivities.

Pedi Tribe

The Pedi tribe originates from South Africa and speak the Sotho language. Talking of population, there are more than 7 million people in South Africa speaking the Sotho language.

With this figure, the ethnic group is the second-largest in South Africa. In the past, the largest part of the population of the tribe was involved in herding and farming.

Later on, many men moved to cities in search of employment. They work as migrant workers. They are currently one of the richest on the continent.

Hausa and Fulani Tribes

The Hausa and Fulani tribe (coined Hausa-Fulani) is the most successful politically in Nigeria due to their political domination as a result of their large population. It is important to note that they are separate tribes.

In Nigeria, this tribe is the most populated and they use this to their advantage. Not only in Nigeria, but the tribe also has its presence in some West African countries.

This tribe also has been rated one of the most dangerous tribes in Nigeria due to the Boko Haram and Fulani herdsmen’s killings of innocent people.

The people are mostly agriculturalists and traders and are one of the richest on the continent. Africa’s richest man, Dangote is from this tribe. The tribe is seen as a lingua franca of many parts of the West African region.

Suri Tribe

This tribe speaks the Surma language and is found mainly on the highlands. They live on highlands of over a thousand meters and can be found in countries like Sudan and Ethiopia.

There’s a weird culture practiced among this tribe, they are prevented from marrying people outside their tribe. Whatever is the reason is known to them but just they are one of the top 10 richest African tribes

Igbo Tribe

When you talk of money-making and business, then give it to the Igbos, it is in their DNA. This tribe is one of the most obsessed with money and it is paying off.

This tribe is one of the most successful in Nigeria and also one of the most popular in the country.

El Molo Tribe

This tribe is an amazing one, it is the smallest tribe in Kenya and happens to be one of the most successful in terms of riches.

The fish and hunt and one of their sources of food are hippos killed in Turkana Lake. They speak the Maa language.

Xhosa Tribe

All across the Eastern Cape Province of South Africa, you are likely to come across these people who are from this tribe and speak with literal click sounds. The tribe is one of the richest on the Africa continent.

Oromo Tribe

This is the most popular tribe in Ethiopia and they make up to 40% of the population of the country. they speak the Oromo language and practice the Waaqa traditional religion. Their population is put at around 40 million around the world.

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Okay, This brings us to the end of the ranking on the list of Top 10 Richest Tribes in Africa this 2022 generally. However, it’s imperative you know that these are not just fabricated hence, it was a result of deep researches and the observation of the richest people in the society.

Knowing all of these things, you shouldn’t leave without dropping a comment, not dropping a comment is not fair. Let us know what you think, feel about this ranking. Are these actually your own Top 10 Richest Tribes in Africa? If not, drop yours in the comment section below. 


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