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Marghi, West in Nigeria

Marghi, West

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
270,000 Kanuri, Yerwa Islam 2.00 % 1.00 %   

Marghi, West in Nigeria

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Introduction / History
According to some records, the Marghi (or Marghi) were in Yemen together with some tribes such as the Bura, Kilba, Kanakuru, Mandara, Bolewa, Karekare, Ngamo, Ngizzim and Tera. At a later stage, due to some certain frictions, these tribes were forced to leave Yemen for the Nile Valley, Sudan in Central Africa before coming to Lake Chad.

Other historical records indicate that parts of these tribes, especially the Margi, were settled in Kenya, while the majority of Margi migrated together with the other tribes mentioned to Lake Chad area before reaching some other places. The Margi people moved east and west to places such as: Benisheik, Mafoni, Old Maiduguri, Konduga, Mulgwi, Damboa, Gujba, Kaga, Madubu, Izge, part of Biu area, Bazza, Wamdeo, Gaya (part of Kilba area), Betso, Gulak, Uba, Mayo Bani, Shuwa, Lassa, Dille, Ngurthlavu, Mussa, Huyim, etc.

One historical record (Fra Mauro's map 1459) first has Margi as a distinct ethnic group, when Ibn Fartua described Idris Aloma's military campaign agaisnt the Sao, Margi, Gamergu, Mandara of Kerewa between 1564-1576. According to Ibn Fartua the Margi were identified as having four different groups:

1. Margi Putai - who are in the west (Venghan 1970) within Damboa, Chibok, etc.
2. Margi Babal - are on the plains and are historically linked to Izge, Mulgwi, Gamergu and Lamang
3. Margi Udzur'Ngu - are the hill Margi (Gulak, Madagali, Shuwa, Dzuyel, Maiva, etc.) who have historically been linked to Sukur, Gudur, Hug Gi, Waga, Tur and Fali.
4. Margi Titim - which was later known as Margi Dzakwa or Margi South (Wamdeo, Uvu, Uba , Mishara, Betsu, Hildi and Muva).

The Margi babal and Margi Udzur'ngu have very similar language with ignorable dialectic differences. Generally the cultures are similar with perhaps differences as a result of the introduction of Christianity with the Christian culture and Islam with Islamic culture. They call God 'Iju'. The Margi Putai who are largely located in Chibok and Damboa local governmentt areas remain distinct from the others. Their language is largely different while the Kanuri culture has had significant influence on their way of life. They call God 'Tambi'. The Margi Tittim or Dzakwa, on the other hand, shares some similarities with Kilba people in the southern part of Margi land. They call God 'Hyel'. Other historical records indicate that Margi native authority office was first opened in Wamdeo with the office of the District Office before it was later moved to Uba.

Where are they located?
Borno, Adamawa and Gombe Cameroon; Chad

What are their lives like?
1. They like to respect others and to be respected by others.
2. They like to be educated at all circumstances.
3. They like military jobs.
4. They are industrious people because they are farmers and fishermen.

What are their beliefs?
The religion of the Marghi is split between traditional beliefs, Christianity and Islam.

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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:Borno state: Akira-Uba, Chibok, Hawul, Biu, Damboa, Konduga, and Kaga LGAs; Adamawa state: Michika and Madagali LGAs.
(Source: Ethnologue 2016)
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People Name in Country: Marghi, West
People Name General: Marghi, West
Alternate People Names:
PutaiWest Marghi
ROP3 Code: 110763
Joshua Project People ID: 15922
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 270,000
Population all Countries: 270,000
Least-Reached: Yes
Affinity Bloc: Sub-Saharan Peoples
People Cluster: Chadic
People Name General: Marghi, West
Ethnic Code: NAB60b
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Kanuri, Yerwa
Language Code (ISO): knc    Ethnologue Listing
Secondary Languages:
Putai (Unknown)
Total Languages: 2
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity2.00 %(Evangelical: 1.00 %)
Ethnic Religions0.00 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam98.00 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small0.00 % 
Unknown0.00 % 
Christianity Segments:
Anglican0.00 %
Independent0.00 %
Protestant100.00 %
Orthodox0.00 %
Other Christian0.00 %
Roman Catholic0.00 %
(Evangelicals distributed across Christianity segments)
Progress Indicators [5]
Progress Scale[6]   Few evangelicals and few who claim to be Christians. Little, if any, history of Christianity.
Least-Reached: Yes
GSEC Status:Level 1   Less than 2% Evangelical. Some evangelical resources available, but no active church planting within past 2 years
Bible Translation Status
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Bible Portions: 1949
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)
Audio RecordingsOnline New Testament (FCBH)
Audio RecordingsStory of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project ...
Film / VideoGod's Story Video
Film / Video / Animation
Film / VideoJesus Film: view in Kanuri, Central
Film / VideoStory of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
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Marghi, West in Nigeria

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    Chadic     Africa, West and Central    
      Marghi, West Nigeria    
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