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Ikwo in Nigeria


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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
322,000 Ikwo Christianity 98.00 % 30.00 %   

Ikwo in Nigeria

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Introduction / History
People who speak three closely related languages Izii, Ezaa and Ikwo live in fertile southeastern Nigeria. The area is rich in mineral resources, and the ancestors of today's inhabitants developed bronze-casting techniques more than a thousand years ago. The creativity and technical skill demonstrated by those early African metal crafters is recognized as among the finest in the history of the world.

More than a half-million people — living within one of the most linguistically diverse nations on earth — are about to receive the entire Bible for the first time! In 1980, the Izii, Ezaa and Ikwo people received their New Testaments and there was a trial edition of the Old Testament, but not the checked and edited final version. Then they promptly set to work on the Old Testament. Local churches were not about to settle for less. But twenty years of hard work, delays and setbacks will soon fade into history, as translators make final corrections. The complete Ikwo Bibles was distributed in 2012.

The Ikwo live in southeastern Nigeria where Igbo is the language used for communication outside their own language group. English is used as the International language and for higher education. While education is free including university, nationally fewer than one-third of the population attend high school, though higher in the southeast.

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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:Ebonyi state: Ikwo LGA; Cross River state: Obubura and Abi LGAs.
(Source: Ethnologue 2016)
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Linguistic Map:Ethnologue language map
  Peoples [3]
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People Name in Country: Ikwo
People Name General: Ikwo
ROP3 Code: 103983
Joshua Project People ID: 12207
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 322,000
Population all Countries: 322,000
Least-Reached: No
Affinity Bloc: Sub-Saharan Peoples
People Cluster: Igbo
People Name General: Ikwo
Ethnic Code: NAB59h
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Ikwo (322,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): iqw    Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Christianity
Religion Sub-division:Roman Catholic
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity98.00 %(Evangelical: 30.00 %)
Ethnic Religions2.00 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam0.00 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small0.00 % 
Unknown0.00 % 
Christianity Segments:
Anglican0.00 %
Independent20.00 %
Protestant0.00 %
Orthodox0.00 %
Other Christian0.00 %
Roman Catholic80.00 %
(Evangelicals distributed across Christianity segments)
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Progress Scale[6]   Evangelicals have a significant presence.
Least-Reached: No
GSEC Status:Level 5   Greater than or equal to 5% Evangelical
Bible Translation Status
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Bible Portions: Yes
New Testament:
Complete Bible: 2014
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)
Audio RecordingsOnline New Testament (FCBH)
Film / VideoJesus Film: view in Ikwo
Text / Printed MatterBible: Ikwo
Text / Printed MatterWorld Missionary Press Booklets
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Ikwo in Nigeria

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People Cluster
    Igbo     Africa, West and Central    
      Ikwo Nigeria    
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