The Basa-Gurmana people refer to themselves as the Koromba. Their language currently (2020) has a vitality status of 6b, meaning "Threatened".
They live in Niger state, Chanchaga and Rafi borders, Kafin Gurmana LGA.
The Koromfe area, home of the Koromba people, is predominately Muslim. Christians are somewhat tolerated, but conversion carries dire consequences. People who convert risk shunning, discrimination and outright persecution. In recent years, Boko Haram has become more active in the area and violence against Christians and other minorities are on the rise. The area is poverty stricken, and basic healthcare in the outlying areas is almost non-existent. The economy is largely based on traditional farming. The illiteracy rate is over 90 percent, and it has the unfortunate distinction of being the second most illiterate place on the planet. Young people are pulled away from their ancestral villages, and into population centers, by poverty. Because of the quality of healthcare and the ongoing HIV epidemic, almost 50% of the country is under the age of 14. A high population density and few natural resources make the journey out of poverty very difficult.
According to their tradition, the Koromba descended to earth in a metal box, in one version, or by a thread in another version. Their traditional religion is animalism. The Koromba have also intermarried extensively with the Mossi people of Burkina Faso and are adopting more and more of their language and traditions.
Please pray that the Word will reach more people in this area. Christians are being attacked and persecuted in this area so pray that they will have protection and the continued freedom to spread the Good News.
Scripture Prayers for the Basa-Gurmana in Nigeria.
Roger Blench: Basa Languages (rogerblench.info)
|Profile Source: Anonymous|
|Region||Africa, West and Central|
|National Bible Society||Website|
|Persecution Rank||6 (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)|
|Location in Country||Niger state: Rafi border and Chanchaga LGAs, Kafin Gurmana. Source: Ethnologue 2016|