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Gbagyi in Nigeria


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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
1,245,000 Gbagyi Ethnic Religions 33.00 % 4.42 % No   

Gbagyi in Nigeria

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Introduction / History
The Gbagyi are widespread in Niger, Kaduna, and Plateau states and the Federal Capital Territory. Some live in Kogi state. In many places, particularly in FCT, Kogi and Kaduna states, they are interspersed with other people.

They are divided into two main groups. The eastern groups is called Gbagyi-Ngenge or Gbagyi-Matai and they are more populous. The western groups are called Gbagyi-Nkwa or Gbagyi-Yamma. The western and eastern groups speak different languages, and within them, there are sub-groups and dialects. Not all Gbagyi agree on what the divisions are.

Whereas the Gbagyi people living in towns and cities are quite modernized, the vast population of rural dwellers are little affected by modern ways. Their attitude towards modern clothing and medical care is increasingly positive, but most rural Gbagyi, being farmers, see education as a waste of time. The average literacy level is 27%. Primary schools and health facilities are not well distributed. In many places, roads are very poor or lacking. The most underdeveloped area of Gbagyi land is the northern part of Shiroro LGA, into southern Rafi LGA. The situation is only a little better in Chikun LGA or Kaduna State, especially around Gwagwada and Godani. In northern Shiroro LGA, there are no motorable roads in rainy season except the rpoor rad from Padogari to Alawa town. Some parts of Gutara LGA are very backward too. A wide area of Gbagyi in the southern FCT is poor in terms of roads and other amenities.

The Gbagyi people attach absolute importance to farming. They grow yam and grain. Women take great pride in their large piles of firewood. Occupations like hunting and weaving are not common nowadays as they were in earlier days. The people are quite friendly with strangers but it takes time to build firm friendships based on trust. All Gbagyi are shoulder carriers.

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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:Kaduna state: Kagarko, northwest Kachia, Kanuru, Igabi, Soba, Giwa, Birnin-Gwari, and Chikun LGAs, Kaduna City; Niger state: Rafi, Chanchaga, Shiroro, Suleija LGAs; Nassarawa state: Keffi, Nasarawa LGAs; Abuja Capital Territory, Bwari, Kwali, Kuje, Abuja Municipal Area Council LGAs; Kogi state: Kogi LGA.
(Source: Ethnologue 2016)
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People Name in Country: Gbagyi
People Name General: Gbagyi
Alternate People Names:
Gwari Matai
ROP3 Code: 103266
Joshua Project People ID: 11839
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 1,245,000
Population all Countries: 1,245,000
Least-Reached: No
Affinity Bloc: Sub-Saharan Peoples
People Cluster: Nupe
People Name General: Gbagyi
Ethnic Code: NAB59m
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Primary Language: Gbagyi (1,245,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): gbr    Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Ethnic Religions
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity33.00 %(Evangelical: 4.42 %)
Ethnic Religions38.00 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam29.00 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small0.00 % 
Unknown0.00 % 
Christianity Segments:
Anglican0.00 %
Independent10.00 %
Protestant10.00 %
Orthodox0.00 %
Other Christian0.00 %
Roman Catholic80.00 %
(Evangelicals distributed across Christianity segments)
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Progress Scale[6]   Evangelicals have a modest presence.
Least-Reached: No
GSEC Status:Level 4   Greater than or equal to 2% Evangelical
Bible Translation Status
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Bible Portions: 1913-1938
New Testament:
Complete Bible: None Reported
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Gbagyi in Nigeria

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      Gbagyi Nigeria    
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