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Maguzawa in Nigeria


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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
196,000 Hausa Ethnic Religions 2.00 % 0.30 %   

Maguzawa in Nigeria

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Introduction / History
The Maguzawas are a Hausa tribe located in northern Nigeria, primarily in Kano and Katsina states and particularly in the rural areas surrounding the capital cities which bear the same names as those states.

What are their lives like?
They are predominantly farmers. When not engaged in farming during the dry season, they subsidize their income in other ways. The women often trade for necessary items. There exists a strong distinction between them and their Hausa counterparts in the city who are better educated and who strongly follow Islam.

The community is ruled by "sarki", or leaders who are over several important areas of their lives: the head of farming, the head of the pagans and the head of the bush.

The Maguzawa are often mistreated by those who are better educated and are heavily influenced by Muslim outsiders and the government. Though they do not accept strangers readily, they are a peaceable people.

Men marry multiple wives and girls may marry at a young age, as young as 13. Many of these marriages are forced and lead to a very high divorce rate. There is also pressure from Muslims for the women to marry Muslim men.

An alcoholic beverage known as "burukutu" is consumed heavily and used in all their ceremonies. The rate of alcoholism is very high. In fact, the "head of the pagans" is usually the best burukutu drinker of the community.

What are their beliefs?
Though heavily influenced by Islam, they hold to their pre-Islamic practices. They believe in thousands of spirits or "iskoki." There are about 3,000 in their pantheon of spirits. They pour wine and animal blood over stone altars, invoking these spirits and the spirits of their ancestors to protect them and to prosper their harvests.

What are their needs?
The missionaries working among the Maguzawa struggle to have a place in which to worship, especially since the Muslim authorities often prevent or destroy their meeting places.

Prayer Points
* Pray for a place for the Maguzawa believers to worship in.
* Pray for their medical needs and for the missionaries to have the supplies needed to treat them.
* Pray for discipleship that helps the believers make a break with those traditions that are empty following of useless spirits.

Jerome H. Barkow. "Muslims and Maguzawa in North Central State, Nigeria: An Ethnographic Comparison." Canadian Journal of African Studies / Revue Canadienne des Études Africaines VII, no. 1 (1973): 59

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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:Sokoto, Kaduna, Katsina, Kano, Bauchi, Jigawa, Zamfara, Kebbi, and Gombe states. Spoken as L2 in north
(Source: Ethnologue 2010)
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  Peoples [3]
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People Name in Country: Maguzawa
People Name General: Maguzawa
ROP3 Code: 114629
Joshua Project People ID: 18835
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 196,000
Population all Countries: 196,000
Least-Reached: Yes
Affinity Bloc: Sub-Saharan Peoples
People Cluster: Hausa
People Name General: Maguzawa
Ethnic Code: NAB60a
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Hausa (196,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): hau    Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Ethnic Religions
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity2.00 %(Evangelical: 0.30 %)
Ethnic Religions70.00 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam28.00 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small0.00 % 
Unknown0.00 % 
Christianity Segments:
Anglican15.00 %
Independent40.00 %
Protestant30.00 %
Orthodox0.00 %
Other Christian0.00 %
Roman Catholic15.00 %
(Evangelicals distributed across Christianity segments)
Progress Indicators [5]
Progress Scale[6]   Few evangelicals and few who claim to be Christians. Little, if any, history of Christianity.
Least-Reached: Yes
Bible Translation Status
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Bible Portions: 1857-1988
New Testament:
Complete Bible: 1932-2004
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)
Audio RecordingsOnline Scripture (Talking Bibles)
Audio RecordingsStory of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project ...
Film / VideoGod's Story Video
Film / Video / Animation
Film / VideoJesus Film: view in Hausa
Film / VideoMagdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / VideoMy Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)
Film / VideoStory of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
Film / VideoThe Prophets' Story
Film / VideoThe Savior 3 - Woman at the Well
Film / VideoThe Savior 8 - Jesus is Risen
Film / VideoWalk with Jesus (Africa, JF Project)
GeneralBible Visuals
GeneralFour Spiritual Laws
GeneralGot Questions Ministry
Text / Printed MatterBible: Hausa Bible
Text / Printed MatterFather's Love Letter
Text / Printed MatterOneHope resources for children and youth
Text / Printed MatterWorld Missionary Press Booklets
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Maguzawa in Nigeria

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People Cluster
    Hausa     Africa, West and Central    
      Maguzawa Nigeria    
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            Maguzawa in Nigeria          
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      Ethnic Religions     Hausa  
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