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Numana, Sanga in Nigeria

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
54,000 Numana Ethnic Religions 24.00 % 5.00 % No No   

Numana, Sanga in Nigeria

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Introduction / History
The Numana report that they originated from the Zaria, Sokoto, and Katsina regions of northern Nigeria. They later migrated south to Kaduna State in search of farmland and game to hunt. The Numana are made up of four people groups, each with their own sense of separate identity. They are Numba, Aninka, Numana, and Ningye. The Ningye, however, have only minimal understanding of the other three dialects. Some of the village elders and leaders report that between 90 and 95% of the Numana, Ningye, and Anika are Christians. Another 2-5% are Muslim. The remainder follow African Traditional Religion or a mixture of traditional and Christian beliefs. However, the Numba leader interviewed reported that nearly all the Numba people are Muslim.

Hausa and English are the languages used for school instruction. There are no materials currently available for school instruction in the local language. Teachers have indicated that they would use these materials in the local language if they were available because it would be easier for the students to learn since it is the language they know best. Church services are also held in English and Hausa, and are rarely interpreted into the local language although they sometimes sing songs in their heart language. "Some [people] understand better than others but they all come to church," a pastor stated when asked if people understand the English and Hausa church services. Although most people speak some English and Hausa, most of the local leaders believe that it is important for the people to have the Scriptures in their own language, their heart language. When asked if the church would like to start a Bible translation project, one pastor eagerly said, "If there are those who would give themselves to do the work, of course the church leaders would support them!"

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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: Jemaa and Sanga LGAs; Nassarawa state: Akwanga LGA.
(Source: Ethnologue 2016)
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People Name in Country: Numana, Sanga
People Name General: Numana, Sanga
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ROP3 Code: 107501
Joshua Project People ID: 14059
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 54,000
Population all Countries: 54,000
Least-Reached: No
Affinity Bloc: Sub-Saharan Peoples
People Cluster: Benue
People Name General: Numana, Sanga
Ethnic Code: NAB56b
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Numana (54,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): nbr    Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Ethnic Religions
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity24.00 %(Evangelical: 5.00 %)
Ethnic Religions61.00 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam15.00 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small0.00 % 
Unknown0.00 % 
Christianity Segments:
Anglican0.00 %
Independent25.00 %
Protestant50.00 %
Orthodox0.00 %
Other Christian0.00 %
Roman Catholic25.00 %
(Evangelicals distributed across Christianity segments)
Progress Indicators [5]
Progress Scale[6]   Evangelicals have a modest presence.
Least-Reached: No
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
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Audio RecordingsAudio Bible teaching (GRN)
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Numana, Sanga in Nigeria

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    Benue     Africa, West and Central    
      Numana, Sanga Nigeria    
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