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Panawa in Nigeria

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
5,100 Panawa Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % No No   

Panawa in Nigeria

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Introduction / History
The Panawa people live in central Nigeria, in the Toro Local Government area of Bauchi State. They originally lived in five villages on one large hill named Owa Panawa, just in front of their present settlement. In 1948, all five villages moved to the plain. The combined population of all five villages ranges from 3-4 thousand. The language is Panawa. Some English is spoken, but Hausa is widespread. The closest town (approximately 5 kms) is Tilden Fulani.

What are their lives like?
Little is known about the day to day lives of the Panawa people. Bauchi State is nicknamed "The Pearl of Tourism," but that is being threatened by the spread of Boko Haram in to the region. Bauchi has absorbed a large number of displaced people seeking refuge from regional violence. On December 22, 2014 a bomb blast in a market in Bauchi City killed six people.

The Panawa are exogamous clans. Clans from 2 and 3 must marry from clans 1, 4 and 5.

What are their beliefs?
The Panawa are exogamous clans. Clans from 2 and 3 must marry from clans 1, 4 and 5.

What are their needs?
Their foremost need is the Gospel of Jesus Christ. They need wisdom in their government to take a strong stance to protect the people from groups like Boko Haram.

Prayer Points
That the Gospel will reach them and be the seed that falls on fertile ground.
* Pray for translation of the Bible to begin in this people group's primary language.
* Pray for the availability of the Jesus Film in the primary language of this people.
* Pray for Gospel messages to become available in audio format for this people group.

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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:Bauchi state: Toro LGA, 5 villages; Plateau state: Bassa LGA.
(Source: Ethnologue 2016)
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  Peoples [3]
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People Name in Country: Panawa
People Name General: Panawa
ROP3 Code: 115587
Joshua Project People ID: 19670
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 5,100
Population all Countries: 5,100
Least-Reached: Yes
Affinity Bloc: Sub-Saharan Peoples
People Cluster: Benue
People Name General: Panawa
Ethnic Code: NAB56b
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Panawa (5,100 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): pwb    Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity0.00 %(Evangelical: 0.00 %)
Ethnic Religions20.00 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam80.00 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small0.00 % 
Unknown0.00 % 
Christianity Segments:
Anglican0.00 %
Independent0.00 %
Protestant0.00 %
Orthodox0.00 %
Other Christian0.00 %
Roman Catholic0.00 %
(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: Help start a Bible Translation
New Testament: None Reported
Complete Bible: None Reported
Ministry Resources [7]
None Reported
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Panawa in Nigeria

Global                 Global
  Affinity Bloc             Global  
People Cluster
    Benue     Africa, West and Central    
      Panawa Nigeria    
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            Panawa in Nigeria          
      Religion Language  
      Islam     Panawa  
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