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Marghi, South in Nigeria

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
229,000 Marghi South Christianity 67.00 % 8.50 % No   

Marghi, South in Nigeria

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Introduction / History
Their name means "Marghi cry with drums," referring to the distinctive drum-songs used at festivals and funerals. Also known as Margi South, they are closely related to Marghi Central and Marghi West. The people live in rural areas keeping small farms.

What are their beliefs?
There has been a Christian influence since the 1920s; 70 to 80 percent claim church affiliation and attend Sunday services. Though Marghi Christians are in the majority, they still suffer both subtle and overt persecution from those professing other beliefs. They are denied jobs, promotions and raises they deserve. Sometimes they can't get services to which they are entitled because of their beliefs; for example, authorities withhold building permits for churches. This kind of treatment discourages the believers. Scripture in their mother tongue will both strengthen their personal faith and it will give them tools through which to share their faith with others.

Believers are concerned about divorce, substance abuse and the spread of HIV/AIDS. Couples need to discover their identity in Jesus and look to Him to meet their needs, allowing His life through them to slow the soaring divorce rate. Those caught in the trap of substance abuse and sexual promiscuity need to know the One who can satisfy the longings that can lead to destructive behaviors.

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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:Borno state: Askira-Uba LGA; Adamawa state: Mubi and Michika LGAs.
(Source: Ethnologue 2016)
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People Name in Country: Marghi, South
People Name General: Marghi, South
Alternate People Names:
Marghi SouthUba
ROP3 Code: 109449
Joshua Project People ID: 15018
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 229,000
Population all Countries: 229,000
Least-Reached: No
Affinity Bloc: Sub-Saharan Peoples
People Cluster: Chadic
People Name General: Marghi, South
Ethnic Code: NAB60b
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Marghi South (229,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): mfm    Ethnologue Listing
Primary Dialect:Wamdiu
Dialect Code:13722
Total Languages: 1
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Christianity
Religion Sub-division:Independent
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity67.00 %(Evangelical: 8.50 %)
Ethnic Religions4.00 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam29.00 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small0.00 % 
Unknown0.00 % 
Christianity Segments:
Anglican5.00 %
Independent40.00 %
Protestant30.00 %
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 4   Greater than or equal to 2% Evangelical
Bible Translation Status
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Bible Portions: 2013
New Testament: None Reported
Complete Bible: None Reported
Possible Bible Sources: Forum of Bible Agencies
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Audio RecordingsAudio Bible teaching (GRN)
Film / VideoJesus Film: view in Marghi South
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Marghi, South in Nigeria

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People Cluster
    Chadic     Africa, West and Central    
      Marghi, South Nigeria    
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