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Utugwang, East Mbube in Nigeria

Utugwang, East Mbube

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
85,000 Utugwang-Irungene-Afrike Christianity 90.00 % 10.00 % No   

Utugwang, East Mbube in Nigeria

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Introduction / History
Originating from Uturu in Benue State, the Utugwang [afe] people traveled south and now reside in Obudu local government area of Cross River State, Nigeria. There are four different dialects in this area: Utugwang, Mgbenege, Okworogung, and Ukwortung. Utugwang, means "Let's come together," and is the name used by the people themselves to identify this whole group.

Many members of the community are civil servants or small business owners. Some make baskets and woven mats, but most are farmers. The major crops of this area include yams, groundnuts, cassava, and rice.

Although there are villages with a high percentage of Christians, many Utugwang people fear witchcraft and evil spirits. Some people protect themselves by consulting oracles in the forest and using a talisman while others go to the church for prayer. One pastor boldly stated, "God is the only Protector. We depend on God for our protection." Between 65 and 90 state that they are Christians. Most others tend to follow traditional religious practices. For the most part, church attendance is very high and heart response to the Gospel is growing gradually.

Their language has no written form which means that there is no Bible or even portions of Scripture available for them to read in their heart language. No videos, recordings or films are in existence either. A language development project in Utugwang would give these people access to the Word of God in the language they understand best.

Multilingualism amongst the Utugwang people is high. The language of instruction is English, however the vernacular is used in the lower primary classes. The Utugwang speak Nigerian Pidgin English, Standard English, and the vernacular, but most feel strongly that their own language is superior to English and Pidgin. Although there are many churches and local pastors, the people express their desire for outside assistance from cross-cultural missionaries. They would like support with Bible translation, seminary training, Bible teaching, evangelism as well as help with medical care and training.

Prayer Points
* Pray for a Bible translation project in the language they understand best.
* Pray for unity among church members and the salvation of souls.
* Pray that the people would be free of the fear of witchcraft and evil spirits.
* Pray for help meeting their financial needs in the various church building projects in process.
* Pray that the people would continue to respond to the Gospel.
* Pray for completion of Bible translation in this people group's primary language.

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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:Cross River state: Obudu, Ogoja, and Bekwarra LGAs; Benue state: Vandeika LGA.
(Source: Ethnologue 2016)
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People Name in Country: Utugwang, East Mbube
People Name General: Utugwang
Alternate People Names:
East Mbube
ROP3 Code: 110466
Joshua Project People ID: 15752
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 85,000
Population all Countries: 85,000
Least-Reached: No
Affinity Bloc: Sub-Saharan Peoples
People Cluster: Benue
People Name General: Utugwang
Ethnic Code: NAB56b
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Utugwang-Irungene-Afrike (85,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): afe    Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Christianity
Religion Sub-division:Independent
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity90.00 %(Evangelical: 10.00 %)
Ethnic Religions10.00 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam0.00 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small0.00 % 
Unknown0.00 % 
Christianity Segments:
Anglican0.00 %
Independent40.00 %
Protestant30.00 %
Orthodox0.00 %
Other Christian0.00 %
Roman Catholic30.00 %
(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: Yes
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 Utugwang-Irungene-Af ...
Film / VideoMy Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)
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Utugwang, East Mbube in Nigeria

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People Cluster
    Benue     Africa, West and Central    
      Utugwang Nigeria    
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