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Fali of Jibu in Nigeria

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
7,700 Zizilivakan Christianity 70.00 % 5.00 % No No   

Fali of Jibu in Nigeria

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Introduction / History
The Zhilvu (also spelled Jilvu) people along with the Kəryə, Konzəl, Madzara, Vin, Huli, Ɓwin, and Menta are part of the Fali people in Adamawa State, Nigeria. Although there are several languages spoken amongst these groups, all of the people consider themselves to be Fali people socially and culturally. Most Zhilvu have learned to understand the Madzara and Ɓwin, though their young children still have difficulty understanding them. Unlike other Fali people, the Zhilvu report that they did not originate from Bagira (Ɓwin) or Cameroon. The elders say that they have always lived in the very same hills that they live in today.

The Zhilvu farm in the hills of Adamawa State and follow a more traditional way of life. They are known for building stone embankments on the mountain sides for terrace farming. Major crops include guinea corn, maize, ground nuts, bambara nuts and beans.

While most schooling is conducted in English, sometimes Hausa, the language of wider communication in the area. One teacher says that given the opportunity, he would like to teach in the local language. He says that it would help the children to better understand what they are learning.

What are their beliefs?
They report that they would be eager to have the Bible in their own language because although many speak Hausa, there are still some that do not. Having the Word of God in Zhilvu would mean that all the people in their villages would have access to the Bible. The gospel of Luke has been drafted, checked by consultant and is being prepared for publication.

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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:Adamawa state: Mubi North LGA, Jilvu town, near Cameroon border.
(Source: Ethnologue 2016)
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People Name in Country: Fali of Jibu
People Name General: Fali of Jilbu
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ROP3 Code: 102990
Joshua Project People ID: 11182
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 7,700
Population all Countries: 8,000
Least-Reached: No
Affinity Bloc: Sub-Saharan Peoples
People Cluster: Chadic
People Name General: Fali of Jilbu
Ethnic Code: NAB60b
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Zizilivakan (7,700 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): ziz    Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Christianity
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity70.00 %(Evangelical: 5.00 %)
Ethnic Religions15.00 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam15.00 % 
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]   Evangelicals have a modest presence.
Least-Reached: No
Bible Translation Status
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New Testament: None Reported
Complete Bible: None Reported
Ministry Resources [7]
None Reported
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Fali of Jibu in Nigeria

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People Cluster
    Chadic     Africa, West and Central    
      Fali of Jilbu Nigeria    
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