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Mgbo in Nigeria


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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
227,000 Mgbolizhia Christianity 50.00 % 10.00 % No   

Mgbo in Nigeria

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Introduction / History
Most Mgbolizia speakers live within the southeastern Nigerian state of Ebonyi, one of the most agriculturally productive regions in the entire nation. People in the region make their living growing crops like rice, yams, cassava, maize, cocoa, groundnuts (peanuts) and oil palms. The rich red soil also contains abundant mineral resources including salt, zinc, lead and limestone. In fact, the state is called the "Salt of the Nation" because of its large saline deposits.

What are their beliefs?
Many of the Mgbolizia people of Nigeria still follow African traditional religious beliefs, and some are adherents of Islam. Scripture in the peoples' mother tongue has the potential to impact their hearts and lives in a way that nothing else can, bringing them to salvation in Jesus Christ.

What are their needs?
Translators have been working in the neighboring related languages of Izii, Ezaa and Ikwo since 1964. A Mgbolizia team began work in the late 80s. After the study and analysis of the language, they established an alphabet and produced some literacy publications, but the work dwindled and stopped over time. Now it is beginning again with renewed vigor.

Mgbolizia Christians have set aside long-held social and religious prejudices to work with their neighbors. Denominations are cooperating in the translation efforts, and churches are encouraging their members to use the translated Scriptures. Local education authorities have also shown support for the project, and interest in a literacy program for schools greatly exceeded expectations.

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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: Ohaukwu LGA; Benue state: Ado LGA.
(Source: Ethnologue 2016)
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People Name in Country: Mgbo
People Name General: Mgbo
Alternate People Names:
ROP3 Code: 106582
Joshua Project People ID: 13700
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 227,000
Population all Countries: 227,000
Least-Reached: No
Affinity Bloc: Sub-Saharan Peoples
People Cluster: Igbo
People Name General: Mgbo
Ethnic Code: NAB59h
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Mgbolizhia (227,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): gmz    Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Christianity
Religion Sub-division:Roman Catholic
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity50.00 %(Evangelical: 10.00 %)
Ethnic Religions30.00 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam20.00 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small0.00 % 
Unknown0.00 % 
Christianity Segments:
Anglican0.00 %
Independent25.00 %
Protestant0.00 %
Orthodox0.00 %
Other Christian0.00 %
Roman Catholic75.00 %
(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: 1980–2008
New Testament: None Reported
Complete Bible: None Reported
Possible Bible Sources: Forum of Bible Agencies
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 World Christian Resource Directory
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Ministry Resources [7]
Audio RecordingsMegaVoice Audio Bible and Stories
Audio RecordingsAudio Bible teaching (GRN)
Film / VideoJesus Film: view in Mgbolizhia
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Mgbo in Nigeria

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People Cluster
    Igbo     Africa, West and Central    
      Mgbo Nigeria    
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            Mgbo in Nigeria          
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      Christianity     Mgbolizhia  
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