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Yako, Ugep in Nigeria

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
224,000 Lokaa Christianity 95.00 % 32.00 %   

Yako, Ugep in Nigeria

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Introduction / History
The Yakạạ people speak the Lokạạ language. Traditionally, Yakạạ people settled in southern Nigeria more than five centuries ago. Eight large independent communities exist — unlike neighboring ethnic groups that live in multiple smaller villages. Some Yakạạ are highly educated and hold important positions in major towns throughout Nigeria's 36 states; many have key government roles.

Most Lokạạ speakers live off rainforests and fertile land, tending yam and cassava farms. Families also hunt and fish for food. Rubber trees, palm trees and pineapple plantations produce valuable cash crops. Seasonal fruits include mangoes, oranges, bananas and guavas.

However, many younger people move to towns, eager for well-paid civil service jobs. The society divides along generational lines; age is the primary factor of Yakạạ prestige. Religious festivals for planting and harvesting are highly celebrated.

What are their beliefs?
Christianity came to the Yakạạ area in 1911, through the witness of Christians traveling up the Cross River from Calabar. Presbyterians have celebrated 100 years of service here! But despite a long spiritual history, there remains a great need for understandable biblical teaching in the Lokạạ mother tongue, especially in rural areas.

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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:Cross River state: Obubra LGA.
(Source: Ethnologue 2016)
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People Name in Country: Yako, Ugep
People Name General: Yako
Alternate People Names:
ROP3 Code: 110938
Joshua Project People ID: 15959
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 224,000
Population all Countries: 224,000
Least-Reached: No
Affinity Bloc: Sub-Saharan Peoples
People Cluster: Benue
People Name General: Yako
Ethnic Code: NAB56b
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Primary Language: Lokaa (224,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): yaz    Ethnologue Listing
Primary Dialect:Ugep
Dialect Code:13038
Total Languages: 1
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Christianity
Religion Sub-division:Independent
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity95.00 %(Evangelical: 32.00 %)
Ethnic Religions5.00 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam0.00 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small0.00 % 
Unknown0.00 % 
Christianity Segments:
Anglican0.00 %
Independent80.00 %
Protestant20.00 %
Orthodox0.00 %
Other Christian0.00 %
Roman Catholic0.00 %
(Evangelicals distributed across Christianity segments)
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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: 1967-1984
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 Lokaa
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Yako, Ugep in Nigeria

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    Benue     Africa, West and Central    
      Yako Nigeria    
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