Akobo is a town in
Jonglei state, with a population of approximately
Akobo District was established for the Anyuak people, Ciro clan in
1911, by Great Britain during colonization period. Akobo town land
(Ngoop JoCiro), is belong to Dimma Inhabitant from Ogilo clan.
Anyuak called themselves Luo people which means pure human. Anyuak
viewed non-Luo people as jur(i) or nonhumans. Most Anyuak of Akobo,
originally are Christian Protestants. The Christianity was
introduced by the American missionaries with the help of Great
Britain in late 1912.
Town folklore holds that it was haunted by the ghost
of a young woman who was hung in 1482. In May
2007, the Catholic Church performed an exorcism
in the town square.
surrounded by four major rivers, the Agwei River, Dikony River,
Dikon River, and Akobo
"Sudan Intelligence Reports No.
200,Khartoum, March 1911."
The Anyuak people are one of the most peaceful tribes in Southern
Sudan. Anyuak culture, costume, and social norms are very unique.
Akobo is inhabited by the Anyuak people. Akobo lands are divided
between more than six main clans:
1. The Ogilo clan which is composed of Dimma, Obeer, Oju, Obo,
Oweet, Budo, and Alawei.
2. The Dekolie clan which is composed of Abuk, Aboro, Chan, Old
Akobo, Ogalo, Okola, Tongdol, and Nyikaani.
3. The Nyikwar clan which is composed of Arini, Beel, Burtor,
Teralal, Buraganga ,and Akobo Tergol.
4. The Beet clan.
5. The Nyiuom clan which is composed of Agee, and Pakang.
6. The Alil clan which is comprisded of Alalie, Wibura, Jarguei,
Aparawanga, Geem, Nyikola, Guyier, and Delok.
The town is served by Akobo
Schools and hospitals
Akobo County has clinic which built in 1911 and hospital which was
built in 1976-1983. Akobo has one intermediate high and three
Akobo was the site of a massacre of 185 women and children in