Categories: Ethnicities

It is believed that the name for this group of southern Nigeria, “Esan”, is derived from “E san fia”, which means “they have fled”, possibly echoing their move northward from the Benin Empire. They are traditionally agriculturalists, medical practitioners, mercenary warriors, and hunters, and are among the family of Edoid language speakers.

Anwain, Esa, Ewu, Isan, Isa, Ishan, Ison
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