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Jukun, Wase in Nigeria

Jukun, Wase

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
2,900 Wapha Ethnic Religions 20.00 % 4.00 % No No   

Jukun, Wase in Nigeria

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Introduction / History
The Wapha people can be found in three locations: Kumbur, Mavo and Wase-Tofa in Wase Local Government Area of Plateau State. The name “Wase” in Wapha may be the origin of their name. It means “drink the water and stay”. They report their population to be around 15,000-20,000.

They trace their origin from the Middle East. They believe their ancestors migrated through Maiduguri and Kano separately to their present locations. Those who live in Mavo and Wase-Tofa say they traveled through Kano, whereas those at Kumbur say their ancestors traveled through Maiduguri.

The Wapha are bordered by the Tarok, Ywom, Montol, Mbat and Boghom speaking people, with whom they intermarry. The Fulani nomads as well as the Berom also live among them.

The title of the traditional ruler of the Wapha is called Aku. The people are farmers. They grow maize millet groundnut, guinea corn, yam, rice and beans. They celebrate an annual festival called Shiwo. It is a dance festival which celebrates the arrival of new harvest before it is brought into the house. Shiwo is observed for seven days.

There are both government and private secondary and primary schools in their communities. There are also primary health centers in all their towns, though the health center in Kumbur is non-functional. Their primary means of transportation is motorbike and cars.

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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:Plateau state: Shendam, Wase LGA, Wase Tofa village; Langtang LGA, Kumbur village.
(Source: Ethnologue 2016)
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People Name in Country: Jukun, Wase
People Name General: Jukun, Wase
Alternate People Names:
Jukun Wase
ROP3 Code: 110709
Joshua Project People ID: 15880
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 2,900
Population all Countries: 2,900
Least-Reached: No
Affinity Bloc: Sub-Saharan Peoples
People Cluster: Benue
People Name General: Jukun, Wase
Ethnic Code: NAB56b
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Wapha (2,900 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): juw    Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Ethnic Religions
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity20.00 %(Evangelical: 4.00 %)
Ethnic Religions80.00 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam0.00 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small0.00 % 
Unknown0.00 % 
Christianity Segments:
Anglican0.00 %
Independent40.00 %
Protestant60.00 %
Orthodox0.00 %
Other Christian0.00 %
Roman Catholic0.00 %
(Evangelicals distributed across Christianity segments)
Progress Indicators [5]
Progress Scale[6]   Evangelicals have a modest presence.
Least-Reached: No
Bible Translation Status
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New Testament: None Reported
Complete Bible: None Reported
Ministry Resources [7]
None Reported
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Jukun, Wase in Nigeria

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    Benue     Africa, West and Central    
      Jukun, Wase Nigeria    
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