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Wagga in Nigeria

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
139,000 Waja Ethnic Religions 12.50 % 2.50 % No   

Wagga in Nigeria

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Introduction / History
The Waja people live on mountains and plains near the Gongola River Basin. They are mostly farmers producing peanuts, cotton, sorghum, millet, cowpeas, cassava, beans, onions and tobacco. Some keep cattle, goats, sheep, horses and donkeys. Others are skilled weavers and dyers of cotton cloth. The discovery of limestone deposits led to building a cement factory nearby creating another income source for them.

What are their beliefs?
The traditional African Religion has become less dominant in recent years. When the "Jesus" film was shown to the Waja people they were shocked to hear their language coming from the screen! The film gave the Waja speakers a taste of Scripture in their mother tongue. Now they are eager for the rest of the Bible.

Believers are using the Gospel of Luke and other Scripture portions they now have in their language to share the message. They are determined to make more of God's Word available. This will be used not only in the churches for services, but to address social issues like materialism, substance abuse and health concerns like HIV/AIDs.

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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:Gombe state: Balanga, Akko, and Yamaltu Deba LGAs; Adamawa state: northern Michika LGA; Borno state: Gwoza LGA; Taraba state: Bali LGA.
(Source: Ethnologue 2016)
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Linguistic Map:Ethnologue language map
  Peoples [3]
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People Name in Country: Wagga
People Name General: Wagga
Alternate People Names:
ROP3 Code: 110632
Joshua Project People ID: 15829
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 139,000
Population all Countries: 139,000
Least-Reached: No
Affinity Bloc: Sub-Saharan Peoples
People Cluster: Adamawa-Ubangi
People Name General: Wagga
Ethnic Code: NAB66c
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Waja (139,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): wja    Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Ethnic Religions
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity12.50 %(Evangelical: 2.50 %)
Ethnic Religions67.50 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam20.00 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small0.00 % 
Unknown0.00 % 
Christianity Segments:
Anglican0.00 %
Independent15.00 %
Protestant70.00 %
Orthodox0.00 %
Other Christian0.00 %
Roman Catholic15.00 %
(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: 1926–2012
New Testament: None Reported
Complete Bible: None Reported
Possible Bible Sources: Forum of Bible Agencies
 World Bible Finder
 World Christian Resource Directory
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Ministry Resources [7]
Audio RecordingsMegaVoice Audio Bible and Stories
Audio RecordingsAudio Bible teaching (GRN)
Film / VideoJesus Film: view in Waja
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Wagga in Nigeria

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People Cluster
    Adamawa-Ubangi     Africa, West and Central    
      Wagga Nigeria    
            People-by-Country (Profile)          
            Wagga in Nigeria          
      Religion Language  
      Ethnic Religions     Waja  
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