The Idoma live in the Benue area of Nigeria which is located on the banks of the Niger and Benue rivers. They live amongst other tribes and share many social and artistic traditions and are thought to have common ancestors with their neighboring tribes known as the Akpoko people. Traditionally, they principally made their money by acting as trade intermediaries between the inland people and the people who inhabit the Niger River Delta. Living at the confluence of the Benue and Niger rivers, the Idoma are predominantly farmers and traders.

Artistically, they have acheived a reputation for their female fecundity figures showing an open mouth with carved teeth and vertical keloids on the temples. The face is usually painted with white pigments - a stylistic characteristic also shared with the Igbo people.

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