The Choogen-Dirya have the same language and culture with different identities probably due to their different locations. Both groups consented to joint identity, hence “Choogen-Dirya.”
They are found along the boundaries of Bauchi and Jigawa States. While the Choogen are within Bauchi State boundary, the Dirya communities fall within the Jigawa State boundary. The Choogen and Dirya both migrated from Borno and settled at their present locations. They estimated their ethnic population at about 70,000.
In the past the Choogen and Dirya used to gather separately in Tsagu and Laya respectively for their cultural festivals, but they have since ceased from doing this, especially because of their devotion to Islam. The people are subsistence farmers. They primarily cultivate guinea corn alongside groundnut, beans, millet and beni-seed. Some of them are involved in cattle rearing.
The Choogen-Dirya are 75% Muslims and 25% Christians. The church denomination serving among them is the Evangelical Church Winning All (ECWA), which can only be found among the Choogen. While among the Dirya there is no church or Christians. There is no request for Bible translation in the language.
There is a low population of Choogen-Dirya Christian. No Scripture in the mother tongue and low levels of literacy in the mother tongue also. Few of the Choogen-Dirya have responded to the gospel, but they are still nominal Christians. Church growth in the area appears to be stable.
The Choogen-Dirya lack adequate basic amenities. However, they have a primary and a junior secondary school, markets and health clinic in some of their villages. They mostly use motorcycles as means of transportation. They also use vehicles and bicycles.
Pray for supernatural moves of God amongst the Choogen-Dirya people.
Pray for the Choogen-Dirya people to thirst for God’s living water.
Pray for a church to be planted amongst the Dirya.
Scripture Prayers for the Dirya in Nigeria.
|Profile Source: Anonymous|
|People Name General||Dirya|
|People Name in Country||Dirya|
|Population this Country||13,000|
|Population all Countries||13,000|
|Progress Scale||2 ●|
|Frontier People Group||No|
|GSEC||1 (per PeopleGroups.org)|
|Pioneer Workers Needed|
|Alternate Names||Diriyawa; Sago|
|Region||Africa, West and Central|
|National Bible Society||Website|
|Persecution Rank||7 (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)|
|Location in Country||Bauchi state: Ningi and Darazo LGAs. Source: Ethnologue 2016|
|Major Religion ▲||Percent|
|Christianity (Evangelical 0.50 %)||
|Other / Small||
|Christian Segments ▲||Percent|