Zhire of Nigeria
People Name: Zhire
Country: Nigeria
Language: Zhire
Population: 15,000
Unreached: No
People Cluster: Benue
Primary Religion: Christianity
% Adherents: 97.00 %
% Evangelical: 25.00 %
Progress Status: 5.0
Profile provided by:

Joshua Project
PO Box 62614
Colorado Springs, CO 80962
United States


Introduction / History
The People were originally a multi-tribal people who left their different clans in search of livelihood until they finally settled together in Kargako Local Government Area of Kaduna State. There are two major villages that make up the Zhire: Kenyi 1 and 2. Kenyi 1 is made up of 3 hamlets: Gigemso, Gindu, and Fei. Kenyi 2 is made up of 4 hamlets: Taha, Gyeng, Fogyang and Kongo.

They are very friendly and peaceful people. They enjoy a cordial relationship with their neighboring groups: Jaba and Koro, whom they consider their ancestral relatives. The people are estimated to be about 15,000.

They farm rice, maize, guinea corn, ginger, yam groundnut, and fonio (acha). Their men are also good hunters.

They have a government healthcare centre, a private dispensary, government primary and secondary schools; and a private secondary school. Almost 95% of children who are of school age attend the schools without any literature in Zhire.

Zhire of Nigeria