Kebbi people

Kebbi State is mainly populated by Hausa people, with some members of Fulani, Lelna, Bussawa, Dukawa, Dakarkari, Kambari, Gungawa and Kamuku ethnic communities.

Argungu fishing festival in Kebbi State

Kebbi’s population has experienced a threefold increase since 1991. From about
3,137,989 people in 1991 to about 3,922,250 million in 2012, the population of Kebbi State is estimated to be close to 4,440,050 people in 2016 (Demographic Statistics Bulletin, May 2018).

The male population is estimated at 50.3% while the female’s is 49.7%. The brackets age population show, 0-14 years are 48.4%, 15-64 years are 48.8% and 65+ years are approximately 3%. The current population growth rate of Kebbi State is about 3.98% per year.

In 2015, the total fertility rate in Nigeria was 5.5 births per woman but increased in 2016 to 5.8 while in Kebbi State, the total fertility rate increased from 7.2 to 7.7 in the same period (NDHS 2013).

The number of married women aged 15-49 years using any modern contraceptive method stood at 3.2% (NDHS 2018). These figures require huge investments in health, education and mostly in basic social services. In addition, as youth reach working age, the number of available jobs may not match the demand for employment. Life expectancy at birth was 52.46 years in Kebbi State.