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Chokobo in Nigeria

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
2,300 Izora Ethnic Religions 5.00 % 0.50 % No No   

Chokobo in Nigeria

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Introduction / History
The Chokobo people live in rural north-central Nigeria. Gospel recordings are available in their language of the Chokobo. Linguists need to do a survey to determine whether a written script exists for Chokobo and whether a Bible translation is necessary. The Chokobo is an endangered language with many of the young Chokobo preferring to speak Hausa and English, languages that they learn in schools.

Where are they located?
The Chokobo people are found in Bassa Local Government Area of Plateau State, north-central, Nigeria. They occupy a strategic geographical location that opens to the northwest and northeast of Nigeria. They are related to the nearby Amo people.

What are their lives like?
The Chokobo retain their cultural identity and language but live in very close relationship with other peoples of north-central Nigeria. They are an agricultural people who live in villages surrounded by the farmlands. They grow rice, yams, maize, millet, beans, vegetables, and melons. Most Chokobo families also raise goats and cattle for their meat, milk and hides. Chickens furnish the village with eggs and meat.

They enjoy music, story telling and dance as a form of entertainment and communication. These art forms are very meaningful in rural Nigeria. Those who want to take the gospel to the Chokobo people should find ways to communicate using these art forms.

What are their beliefs?
The Chokobo people are reached but some adhere to ethnic religions. They depend on the spirit world for their daily needs. They appease spirits, which they believe inhabit the objects of nature such as animals, trees, rivers, rocks and the sky. The often use charms and amulets to help them deal with evil spirits. About one fifth of the Chokobo claim to be Muslims. Their Islam is heavily influenced by folk religion. The Chokobo live in fear of evil spirits which they believe can bring disaster upon the community.

What are their needs?
The Chokobo people need abundant rain for their crops and their livestock so they can live lives free of want and poverty. They need modern medical care and good schools that will help the next generation to thrive in a rapidly changing world. Solar panels can bring electricity to rural villages.

The Chokobo people need the blessings of Jesus Christ, who has conquered death. He alone can give them abundant life and the forgiveness of their sins.

Prayer Points
* Pray for the Holy Spirit to give the Chokobo people teachable and understanding hearts.
* Pray that a strong movement of the Holy Spirit will bring entire Chokobo families into a rich experience of God’s blessing.
* Pray for the Chokobo culture to be renewed and enhanced by a work of the Holy Spirit and shaped into a God-centered and God-honoring mold.
* Pray for the Lord to thrust out workers who will be compelled to nurture a disciple making movement among the Chokobo people.
* Pray for Chokobo families to be drawn by the Holy Spirit to seek forgiveness through Christ alone, and to understand the adequacy of Christ’s work on the cross.
* 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.

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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: Bassa LGA.
(Source: Ethnologue 2016)
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People Name in Country: Chokobo
People Name General: Chokobo
Alternate People Names:
ROP3 Code: 102180
Joshua Project People ID: 11364
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 2,300
Population all Countries: 2,300
Least-Reached: Yes
Affinity Bloc: Sub-Saharan Peoples
People Cluster: Benue
People Name General: Chokobo
Ethnic Code: NAB56b
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Izora (2,300 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): cbo    Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Ethnic Religions
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity5.00 %(Evangelical: 0.50 %)
Ethnic Religions80.00 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam15.00 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small0.00 % 
Unknown0.00 % 
Christianity Segments:
Anglican0.00 %
Independent30.00 %
Protestant70.00 %
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 2   Less than 2% Evangelical. Initial (localized) 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
Ministry Resources [7]
Audio RecordingsMegaVoice Audio Bible and Stories
Audio RecordingsAudio Bible teaching (GRN)
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Chokobo in Nigeria

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  Affinity Bloc             Global  
People Cluster
    Benue     Africa, West and Central    
      Chokobo Nigeria    
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            Chokobo in Nigeria          
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