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Ukwa in Nigeria

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
200 Ukwa Ethnic Religions 0.95 % 0.70 % No No   

Ukwa in Nigeria

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Introduction / History
The Ukwa are closely related to the Efik people of South-South Nigeria. This is responsible for the widely spoken Efik language above the Ukwa. However, in their community, Ukwa language is still spoken. There are no gospel resources in Ukwa though; gospel materials in Efik and English language are often used to engage the people.

Where are they located?
The Ukwa people are mostly concentrated in Odukpani Local Government Area in Cross-River State of south region of Nigeria. They occupy the middle ground between the Efik and the Igbo.

What are their lives like?
The Ukwa are a farming community and some engage in petty trading and businesses.

What are their beliefs?
The Ukwa people are reached with the gospel. However, syncretic practices are common. Most Ukwa still practice folk or ethnic religion. The lingering crisis with their Igbo neigbours has also encouraged fetish practices and usage of charm.

What are their needs?
The Ukwa people need peace in their communities. Much more, they need to come into strong discipleship relationship thereby forsaking all to believe in the provision of the cross to save them and also keep them from every scheme of the enemy. They need modern medical care and good schools that will help the next generation to thrive in a rapidly changing world.

The Ukwa people need the blessings of the Risen Christ, who has conquered death, and will give them abundant life if they are willing to accept His guidance. They need the gift of faith in Jesus Christ, who alone is the judge of all mankind, and will separate the sheep from the goats on Judgment Day.

Prayer Points
* Pray for workers to go to the Ukwa people, and for their hearts to be ready to receive their savior.
* Pray for networks of believing Ukwa families and fellowships that will throw the doors open for others to follow Jesus.
* Pray for the Lord to bless the families among the Ukwa people with His presence and mercy.
* Pray for believers among this people group to disciple others who will disciple still others.
* Pray for Bible believing, growing churches among the Ukwa people.
* Pray for translation of the Bible to begin in this people group's primary language.
* Pray for the availability of the Jesus Film in the primary language of this people.
* Pray for Gospel messages to become available in audio format for this people group.

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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: Akampka LGA.
(Source: Ethnologue 2016)
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Ethnolinguistic Map:University of Texas or other map
Linguistic Map:Ethnologue language map
  Peoples [3]
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People Name in Country: Ukwa
People Name General: Ukwa
ROP3 Code: 114738
Joshua Project People ID: 18868
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 200
Population all Countries: 200
Least-Reached: Yes
Affinity Bloc: Sub-Saharan Peoples
People Cluster: Benue
People Name General: Ukwa
Ethnic Code: NAB56b
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Ukwa (200 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): ukq    Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Ethnic Religions
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity0.95 %(Evangelical: 0.70 %)
Ethnic Religions99.05 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam0.00 % 
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
Bible Translation Status
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New Testament: None Reported
Complete Bible: None Reported
Ministry Resources [7]
None Reported
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Ukwa in Nigeria

Global                 Global
  Affinity Bloc             Global  
People Cluster
    Benue     Africa, West and Central    
      Ukwa Nigeria    
            People-by-Country (Profile)          
            Ukwa in Nigeria          
      Religion Language  
      Ethnic Religions     Ukwa  
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