The Igalas whose kingdom is largely influenced by that of the Yorubas, Benins and Jukuns are likely descendants of the Jukun, Yoruba and Benin kingdom who mixed with native Igala population.
The Igala people believe in the ancestral spirit system with many families still possessing shrines which serves as places of worship to the deities and their custodians are medicinal practitioners who are well knowledgeable in herbs and plants used in curing ailments. The two foreign religion common among the Igalas are Christianity and Islamic religion.
The traditional leader of the Igalas is called ATA IGALA and are assisted by chiefs like ACH’ADU (Prime Minister), ONU (District Chiefs), AM’ONU (Provincial Chiefs), GAGO (Clan Heads), OMADACHI (Village Heads), OCHIOKOLOBIA (Youth Leader).
The Igala Kingdom has nine traditional ruling councils including the capital Idah and are refered to as Igala Mela. The following are the nine councils of the Igalas; Ibaji, Ankpa, Ajaka, Ugwolawo, Bassa, Anyigba, Dekina, Omalla and Olamaboro.
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