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Kyanga in Nigeria


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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
23,000 Kyanga Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % No No   

Kyanga in Nigeria

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The Kyanga in the Joshua Project database are confined to those who speak the Kyanga language. However, there is a large number of ethnic Kyanga who speak other languages. There may be as many as 200,000 ethnic Kyanga. Many are bi-lingual, especially with the Hausa language. There are four clans of Kyanga, which can be distinguished by body markings such as facial scars. Animism is the traditional religion and animal sacrifice, divination, black magic, demon possession and beer drinking were common in the past. However, in the past 70 years or so Islam has become the dominant religion.

Ministry Obstacles
The Kyanga people live in northwestern Nigeria, a region heavily populated by Muslim groups such as the Hausa. Resistance to the gospel is traditionally high in these areas.

Outreach Ideas
Nigeria has many evangelical Christians. Please pray for a missionary heart to continue to develop in these Christians, and for a vision to carry the gospel to Muslim people groups such as the Kyanga.

Pray for the followers of Christ
There are few followers of Jesus today among the Kyanga people, but it's not too early to pray for those who will soon come to saving faith in Christ. They will need mature believers to help them become real disciples of Christ.

Pray for the entire people group
Pray the Muslim and animist Kyanga will be given a growing interest in Jesus. Pray especially for the imams, that the Lord will draw them to the name of Jesus (whom Muslims call Isa al-Masih) as they study the Koran. Perhaps the Lord will give some visions or dreams of himself.

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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:Kebbi state: Geshuru, Sarufu, and Tuni villages west of Illo; Boko villages of Maze, Samia, Baikinrua, Pisa.
(Source: Ethnologue 2016)
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Linguistic Map:Ethnologue language map
  Peoples [3]
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People Name in Country: Kyanga
People Name General: Kyanga
Alternate People Names:
ROP3 Code: 110343
Joshua Project People ID: 19091
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 23,000
Population all Countries: 25,000
Least-Reached: Yes
Affinity Bloc: Sub-Saharan Peoples
People Cluster: Mande
People Name General: Kyanga
Ethnic Code: NAB63z
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Kyanga (23,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): tye    Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity0.00 %(Evangelical: 0.00 %)
Ethnic Religions40.00 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam60.00 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small0.00 % 
Unknown0.00 % 
Christianity Segments:
Anglican0.00 %
Independent0.00 %
Protestant0.00 %
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: Help start a Bible Translation
New Testament: None Reported
Complete Bible: None Reported
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Audio RecordingsAudio Bible teaching (GRN)
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Kyanga in Nigeria

Global                 Global
  Affinity Bloc             Global  
People Cluster
    Mande     Africa, West and Central    
      Kyanga Nigeria    
            People-by-Country (Profile)          
            Kyanga in Nigeria          
      Religion Language  
      Islam     Kyanga  
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