Brief History of Marghi! The Margi were identified as having four different
- Margi Putai – who are in the west (Venghan 1970) within Damboa,
- Margi Babal – are on the plains and are historically linked to Izge, Mulgwi,
Gamergu and Lamang, Lassa, Mussa Dille etc.
- 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 Fali.
- 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 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
governmentt areas remain distinct from the others. Their language is largely
different while the Kanuri culture has had 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.
By – Sunday Ijuptil Buba! proudly Marghi Babal