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Domakawa in Nigeria

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
800 C'lela Islam 0.80 % 0.40 % No   

Domakawa in Nigeria

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Introduction / History
In Nigeria the Domakawa people are better known as the Damakawa. They are a small population of people who live in the northwestern region of the nation of Nigeria. Their primary languages are C’lela and Hausa. Bible portions, the JESUS Film and gospel recordings are available in C’lela.

Where are they located?
The Damakawa occupy three villages in Sakaba LGA of Kebbi State in northwestern Nigeria.

What are their lives like?
The Damakawa are subsistence farmers who depend on their crops and livestock. Many of the Damakawa are unable to read and write. They grow yams, beans, melons, maize, rice, and vegetables. Peanuts, palm oil and kola nuts are cash drops. The Damakawa buy things they cannot make for themselves like tools, farm equipment and cell phones.

Most peoples in rural Nigeria like the Damakawa enjoy music, story telling and dance as a form of entertainment and communication. These art forms are very meaningful in rural Nigeria. Those who want to take the gospel to the Damakawa people should find ways to communicate using these art forms.

What are their beliefs?
The Damakawa are a mixture of Muslims and animists. The ones who claim to be Muslims are heavily influenced by folk religion. The Damakawa depend on the spirit world for their daily needs. The often use charms and amulets to help them deal with uncontrollable spiritual forces. They believe that spirits inhabit the object of nature such as trees, animals, rocks, rivers and the sky. These evil spirits must be appeased through prayer, offerings and rituals or they can bring disaster upon the community. Shamans connect the Damakawa to the spirit world and are the first person people seek help from for their problems.

What are their needs?
The Damakawa people need adequate rain for their crops and their livestock so they can live lives free of want and poverty. They need modern medical care. They need good schools for their children. Solar panels can bring electricity for charging cell phones and running appliances.

The Damakawa people need the blessings of the Jesus Christ. He alone and can give them the forgiveness of their sins and abundant spiritual life they seek.

Prayer Points
* Pray for the Damakawa culture to be renewed and enhanced by a work of the Holy Spirit and shaped into a God-centered and God-honoring mold.
* Pray for the Holy Spirit to move among Damakawa family and community leaders to seek His face and enjoy His blessings.
* Pray for the Lord to thrust out workers who will be compelled to nurture a disciple-making movement among the Damakawa people.
* Pray that soon the Damakawa people will have faith that will lead them to live honorable lives that will draw others to the Savior.
* Pray for completion of Bible translation in this people group's primary language.

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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:Kebbi state: Zuru, Sakaba, and Donko-Wasagu LGAs; Niger state: Rijau LGA; west Zamfara state: Gummi LGA border area.
(Source: Ethnologue 2016)
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People Name in Country: Domakawa
People Name General: Domakawa
ROP3 Code: 116856
Joshua Project People ID: 20931
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 800
Population all Countries: 800
Least-Reached: Yes
Affinity Bloc: Sub-Saharan Peoples
People Cluster: Benue
People Name General: Domakawa
Ethnic Code: NAB56
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: C'lela
Language Code (ISO): dri    Ethnologue Listing
Secondary Languages:
Hausa (Unknown)
Total Languages: 2
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity0.80 %(Evangelical: 0.40 %)
Ethnic Religions30.00 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam69.20 % 
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: 1931-2005
New Testament: None Reported
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)
Film / VideoJesus Film: view in C'lela
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Domakawa in Nigeria

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People Cluster
    Benue     Africa, West and Central    
      Domakawa Nigeria    
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