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Gokana in Nigeria

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
171,000 Gokana Christianity 98.00 % 35.00 %   

Gokana in Nigeria

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Introduction / History
People of Gokana are part of Ogoni ethnic group in Rivers state in Nigeria. They speak Gokana, a language which is similar to Khana, Eleme, Tai, and Baan Ngoi -- all Ogoni languages.

Where are they located?
They live in Rivers state in the southern part of Nigeria.

What are their lives like?
They are generous to visitors and love strangers like brothers. They are mainly farmers, but also fishermen.

What are their beliefs?
They believe that there is one God call Bari who created the world. They believe that God is in heaven far above the sky and there are some traditional worshippers and also a secret cult-like festival called amanikpo, predominantly among the youth. Traditional worshippers pour hot drinks on the ground.

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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:Rivers state: Ogoni and Gokana LGAs.
(Source: Ethnologue 2016)
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People Name in Country: Gokana
People Name General: Gokana
ROP3 Code: 103418
Joshua Project People ID: 11919
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 171,000
Population all Countries: 171,000
Least-Reached: No
Affinity Bloc: Sub-Saharan Peoples
People Cluster: Benue
People Name General: Gokana
Ethnic Code: NAB56b
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Gokana (171,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): gkn    Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Christianity
Religion Sub-division:Protestant
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity98.00 %(Evangelical: 35.00 %)
Ethnic Religions2.00 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam0.00 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small0.00 % 
Unknown0.00 % 
Christianity Segments:
Anglican0.00 %
Independent20.00 %
Protestant50.00 %
Orthodox0.00 %
Other Christian0.00 %
Roman Catholic30.00 %
(Evangelicals distributed across Christianity segments)
Progress Indicators [5]
Progress Scale[6]   Evangelicals have a significant presence.
Least-Reached: No
GSEC Status:Level 5   Greater than or equal to 5% Evangelical
Bible Translation Status
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Bible Portions: 1993
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 Gokana
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Gokana in Nigeria

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People Cluster
    Benue     Africa, West and Central    
      Gokana Nigeria    
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            Gokana in Nigeria          
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