Introduction / History The Jukun-Kona address themselves as Jiba and speak the Jiba dialect. They trace their origin to the Middle East, precisely Yemen. From Yemen, they migrated to Egypt and then to the Chad Basin where they settled at Ngazargamu (Bornu State of Nigeria) with the Kanuri people. Tussle for dynastic succession led to their disintegration with the Kanuri. This gave rise to further migrations that brought them to a place by the Benue River called Kindong whence to Kuro, Abani Noku, Nakanizang, Funi shari (Garu), Kannei and finally Kona Garu, Jalingo Local Government Area of Taraba State.
Where are they located? They are located in Taraba State, northeastern part of Nigeria, West Africa.
What are their lives like? They are a friendly people whose language, social, cultural, political and religious beliefs have not been adulterated to a considerable extent.
What are their beliefs? They believe that a man's spirit lives on after his death. They also believe in social justice, equity and freedom to all irrespective of gender, age or religion.
Prayer Points Pray for a forward progression for the group. Pray they will reject their past history of maltreating and killing early missionaries. * Pray for completion of Bible translation in this people group's primary language. * Pray for the availability of the Jesus Film in the primary language of this people.
References 1.Baya Dame, 2016. THE JUKUN-KONA: Historical and Anthropological Perspective.
2. C.K Meek, 1931. Sudanese Kingdom. Ethnographic Study of Northern Nigeria.
3. Sabine Dinslage & Anne Storch, 2000. Magic and Gender.
Notes: This unique people have been marginalized, grossly misrepresented and maligned by the Fulani. They therefore seek to regain their lost glory through prayers from well-meaning individuals and group.