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Chip in Nigeria


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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
12,000 Miship Ethnic Religions 10.00 % 1.00 % No No   

Chip in Nigeria

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Introduction / History
The Miship, are found in about 33 villages in Pankshin Local Government Area of Plateau State. The language they speak is also called Miship. Miship has two varietiesː Longmaar and Jibam. Longmaar is said to be the central of the two. The Kong Ship, meaning River Ship, was named after the Miship. They have a paramount chief called Ndaalong Miship. He lives in Kwala, the most prestigious town for all the Miship. The speakers of Miship estimated their current population at 30,000.

The people trace their origin in Sudan, where their ancestors are said to have migrated along with the Ngas, Mupun (a dialect of Mwaghavul), Tal, Tarok, Goemai, Sura, and Pyem. It is believed that they migrated through Chad into North East Nigeria, then settled at several places before coming to their present locations in Pankshin Local Government Area. The Miship share geographical boundary with the Ngas, Mupun a dialect of Mwaghavul, Jipal a dialect of Kofyar, and Tal.

Vaiko, is an annual heritage celebration observed by the Miship. It features cultural dance displays and a wrestling competition in which young males display their fighting skills. During the celebrations, women are adorned in local fabric with leaves worn over as accessories. Men tie animal skins around their waist over local fabrics. A local delicacy called Ngup is served with Kunu (locally brewed non-alcoholic drink from sorghum or millet).

The Miship are predominantly farmers. They grow, guinea corn (sorghum), millet, beans, groundnut, rice and maize. Rice is their main crop.

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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:Plateau state: Pankshin, Mangu, and Shendam LGAs.
(Source: Ethnologue 2016)
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People Name in Country: Chip
People Name General: Chip
Alternate People Names:
ROP3 Code: 102150
Joshua Project People ID: 11349
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 12,000
Population all Countries: 12,000
Least-Reached: No
Affinity Bloc: Sub-Saharan Peoples
People Cluster: Chadic
People Name General: Chip
Ethnic Code: NAB60b
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Primary Language: Miship (12,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): mjs    Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Ethnic Religions
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity10.00 %(Evangelical: 1.00 %)
Ethnic Religions70.00 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam20.00 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small0.00 % 
Unknown0.00 % 
Christianity Segments:
Anglican0.00 %
Independent0.00 %
Protestant25.00 %
Orthodox0.00 %
Other Christian0.00 %
Roman Catholic75.00 %
(Evangelicals distributed across Christianity segments)
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Progress Scale[6]   Evangelicals have only a very small representation among all who claim to be Christians.
Least-Reached: No
Bible Translation Status
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New Testament: None Reported
Complete Bible: None Reported
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Chip in Nigeria

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  Affinity Bloc             Global  
People Cluster
    Chadic     Africa, West and Central    
      Chip Nigeria    
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            Chip in Nigeria          
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      Ethnic Religions     Miship  
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