Introduction / History The Gade people of Nigeria live mostly on their ancestral lands just south of the capital, Abuja. However, some have moved to the city in search of em-ployment. They are a peaceful people who get along well with their neighbors. In fact, the Gades' relationship with other cultural groups has become so cordial that intermarriage with other groups — once taboo — is now practiced.
The people make their living mostly through farming, raising crops such as ginger, millet, guinea corn, beans, and citrus fruit. They also support them-selves through fishing and raising their own livestock.
Gade people enjoy celebrating traditional festivals and are known for their colorful costumes, dance and masquerades. Christians and non-Christians alike are passionate about their language and are anxious to be able to read and write Gade.
Christianity was introduced into the area in the 1950s. Today, approximately 50 percent of the people identify themselves as Christians. But among these, many still practice African traditional religion and idol worship. Islam also has a strong presence among the Gade people; relations between people of the different faiths are cordial.
Because social activities are closely associated with cultural traditions, nominalism is a problem in the churches. Some Christians occasionally give in to the temptation to participate in cultural activities that are contrary to the faith.
What are their beliefs? Even though Christianity has been in the region for more than 50 years — and half of the people are Christians — the Gade people do not have any Scripture in their heart language.