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Eggon in Nigeria


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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
20,000 Eggon Islam 5.00 % 2.00 %   

Eggon in Nigeria

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Introduction / History
The Eggon receives its name from the hill where the people lived before coming down to the plain. The word eggon refers to that hill which means "a good sense hearing". They are called "Madan Dutse" which means the Hill Mada but the Eggon are different from the Mada who are popularly called "Madan Kasa". However, they share similarities in cultural belief and moral code. The Eggon are also known as Mo Eggon.

Where are they located?
The people are from Nasarawa State in central Nigeria. They are mainly found in Lafia, Akwanga, Keffi and Nasarawa Eggon local government areas of the state. They can also be found in Kokona, villages around Doma, Obi, Keana and Wamba.

What are their beliefs?
The Eggon generally believe in Ahogben (God) who is far beyond the sky and they believe he created man and the universe and anything good is from him, because he is far above they feel they can only communicate to him through Ashim (a close god to humans) which is a supreme God. Individuals or families also keep items like a pot or stone as their god at home which they believe in and also make sacrifices to. But with the coming of missionaries, Islam and Christianity have spread widely in their land. Today Islam and Christianity are the major religion in the land. The supreme god is called Angbashim. In order to consult this god a libation is poured on the ground seven times with some confession by the elder or priest. Apart from the Ashim, there are some religions practiced by individuals or families such as Akuk, Arikya, Gango and Yamba. They use items like stones, cowries, pots and sticks as gods. Such items are kept mostly at home in a separate room for worshiping and they offer sacrifices to the item, believing it chases away evil spirits in the land or away from the family and make land fit for farming.

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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:Nassarawa state: Nasarawa Egon, Akwanga, Wamba, Lafia, Awe, Doma, Obi, Keana, Keffi, Kokona, and Karu LGAs; Nassarawa and Toto LGAs.
(Source: Ethnologue 2016)
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People Name in Country: Eggon
People Name General: Eggon
Alternate People Names:
Mo Egon
ROP3 Code: 102878
Joshua Project People ID: 11721
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 20,000
Population all Countries: 20,000
Least-Reached: Yes
Affinity Bloc: Sub-Saharan Peoples
People Cluster: Benue
People Name General: Eggon
Ethnic Code: NAB56b
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Primary Language: Eggon (20,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): ego    Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity5.00 %(Evangelical: 2.00 %)
Ethnic Religions30.00 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam65.00 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small0.00 % 
Unknown0.00 % 
Christianity Segments:
Anglican0.00 %
Independent0.00 %
Protestant60.00 %
Orthodox0.00 %
Other Christian0.00 %
Roman Catholic40.00 %
(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 6   Greater than or equal to 10% Evangelical
Bible Translation Status
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Bible Portions: 1935
New Testament:
Complete Bible: None Reported
Possible Bible Sources: Forum of Bible Agencies
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Ministry Resources [7]
Audio RecordingsMegaVoice Audio Bible and Stories
Audio RecordingsAudio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio RecordingsOnline New Testament (FCBH)
Film / VideoJesus Film: view in Eggon
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Eggon in Nigeria

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People Cluster
    Benue     Africa, West and Central    
      Eggon Nigeria    
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            Eggon in Nigeria          
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      Islam     Eggon  
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