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Agatu in Nigeria


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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
172,000 Agatu Christianity 81.00 % 8.00 % No   

Agatu in Nigeria

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Introduction / History
The Agatu people live on their ancestral lands in Benue State, Nigeria. Most of the people are subsistence farmers, growing yams, guinea corn, millet, groundnuts and vegetables. Because many Agatu live along the Benue River, fishing is also an important source of food.

For the most part, the Agatu live peacefully with neighboring people groups. When disputes do occur, they are usually about land rather than religion. In particular, some serious disputes with itinerant cattle herders trying to claim Agatu land have broken out in violence.

Missionaries introduced Christianity to the Agatu about 100 years ago, and about 80 percent of Agatu would consider themselves Christians. The remaining Agatu practice African traditional religion or identify with a major world religion present in the region.

The Agatu already have the New Testament in their language; however, the people now feel a deep need to have the Old Testament, too. In the Agatu culture, the Old Testament will be very important as a bridge to understanding the New Testament, particularly for those who practice African traditional religion or another world religion.

Local churches from many denominations are enthusiastically supporting this project, and church leaders are eager to have a complete Bible. Recently, an increasing number of Agatu Christians have become involved with traditional religious practices while others have begun to embrace materialism. Sound teaching from the Scripture will help church leaders to refute these errors and guide their people.

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Country: Nigeria
Continent: Africa
Region: Africa, West and Central
Persecution Rank:12 (Only top 50 ranked, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
10/40 Window: Yes
Location in Country:Benue state: Otukpo LGA, Agatu, Ochekwu, and Adoka districts; Nassarawa state: Awe and Nasarawa LGAs; Kogi state: northeast.
(Source: Ethnologue 2016)
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Linguistic Map:Ethnologue language map
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People Name in Country: Agatu
People Name General: Agatu
Alternate People Names:
North Idoma
ROP3 Code: 100103
Joshua Project People ID: 10172
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 172,000
Population all Countries: 172,000
Least-Reached: No
Affinity Bloc: Sub-Saharan Peoples
People Cluster: Benue
People Name General: Agatu
Ethnic Code: NAB59z
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Agatu (172,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): agc    Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Christianity
Religion Sub-division:Protestant
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity81.00 %(Evangelical: 8.00 %)
Ethnic Religions4.00 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam15.00 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small0.00 % 
Unknown0.00 % 
Christianity Segments:
Anglican0.00 %
Independent15.00 %
Protestant70.00 %
Orthodox0.00 %
Other Christian0.00 %
Roman Catholic15.00 %
(Evangelicals distributed across Christianity segments)
Progress Indicators [5]
Progress Scale[6]   Evangelicals have a modest presence.
Least-Reached: No
GSEC Status:Level 4   Greater than or equal to 2% Evangelical
Bible Translation Status
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Bible Portions: 1951-1968
New Testament:
Complete Bible: None Reported
Possible Bible Sources: Forum of Bible Agencies
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Ministry Resources [7]
Audio RecordingsMegaVoice Audio Bible and Stories
Audio RecordingsAudio Bible teaching (GRN)
Film / VideoJesus Film: view in Agatu
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Agatu in Nigeria

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People Cluster
    Benue     Africa, West and Central    
      Agatu Nigeria    
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