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Kotoko, Afade in Nigeria

Kotoko, Afade

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
45,000 Afade Islam 2.00 % 0.40 % No No   

Kotoko, Afade in Nigeria

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Introduction / History
The Afade people live in the northern part of Cameroon, in an area a little south of Lake Chad. Their language area extends into Nigeria to the west.

What are their lives like?
Traditional rulers in the area are called sultans. Rulers of smaller regions are called blamas. The town of Afade is the hub of the language area with a few surrounding villages. A number of Afade speakers also live in the larger cities of Cameroon, Nigeria, and Chad.

Linguistically, Afade is one of eight Kotoko languages, and Afade speakers refer to themselves ethnically as Kotoko. A Latin script writing system has been developed for Afade but it is not currently in use.

The Kotoko are traditionally fishermen and farmers, making use of the seasonal rivers that flow in the area to irrigate their fields. It can be very difficult to access the language area during rainy season (June-September).

What are their beliefs?
Islam dominates as the primary religion, with a good deal of syncretism with animism. It is not known if there are any Afade Christians. At this point, because of the activity of the Boko Haram, all missionaries have been asked to leave the north of Cameroon. There was a Nigerian missionary reaching out to the Kotoko but he was killed by the Boko Haram in 2011.

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Global Prayer Digest: 2009-02-10
Global Prayer Digest: 2013-02-25
Global Prayer Digest: 2016-02-29
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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: Ngala LGA. 12 villages.
(Source: Ethnologue 2016)
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People Name in Country: Kotoko, Afade
People Name General: Kotoko, Afade
Alternate People Names:
ROP3 Code: 100086
Joshua Project People ID: 10166
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 45,000
Population all Countries: 52,000
Least-Reached: Yes
Affinity Bloc: Sub-Saharan Peoples
People Cluster: Chadic
People Name General: Kotoko, Afade
Ethnic Code: NAB60b
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Afade (45,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): aal    Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity2.00 %(Evangelical: 0.40 %)
Ethnic Religions10.00 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam88.00 % 
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]   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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New Testament: None Reported
Complete Bible: None Reported
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Kotoko, Afade in Nigeria

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People Cluster
    Chadic     Africa, West and Central    
      Kotoko, Afade Nigeria    
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            Kotoko, Afade in Nigeria          
      Religion Language  
      Islam     Afade  
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