Ju in Nigeria

The Ju have only been reported in Nigeria
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Introduction / History

The Ju are a small indigenous, agricultural people who live in east central Nigeria. The Ju people have had their own culture and language for centuries, but now the dominant Hausa-Fulani culture is replacing it. We need to pray for them. No Christian resources are currently available in the endangered Ju language. Young people prefer to speak the Hausa and English languages they learn in school.

Where Are they Located?

The Ju are a very small people group in Bauchi Local Government Area of Bauchi State. Most live in their own separate villages in east-central Nigeria.

What Are Their Lives Like?

The Ju people are highly influenced by the Hausa/Fulani culture. As that process continues, the Ju people will probably lose their own language and culture and could possibly adopt folk Islam like the Hausa-Fulani.

Illiteracy is very high among the Ju people so the gospel will need to be shared with them in oral and visual forms.
The Ju live in rural villages surrounded by the land they farm. They grow rice, maize, millet, beans, melons, and vegetables. Peanuts, palm oil and kola nuts are cash crops. The Ju buy things they cannot make for themselves like cell phones and tools. Most families also have goats and cattle to obtain milk, meat and hides.

Most people groups in rural Nigeria like the Ju 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 Ju people would do well to use these art forms when presenting the gospel.

What Are Their Beliefs?

Animism is still the major religion of the Ju. They Ju believe the spirits inhabit the objects of nature like rocks, trees, rivers, animals, and the sky. If these spirits are not appeased they can bring disaster upon the community.

Therefore, the Ju people live in constant fear of these evil spirits. The village shaman connects the Ju with the spirit world and performs magic ceremonies and rituals to gain the spirits' blessings. He or she gives out charms and amulets to protect the people.

What Are Their Needs?

The Ju 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 and good schools that will help the next generation to thrive in a rapidly changing world. Most of all, the Ju need to hear and understand the message of Jesus Christ. He alone can deliver them from their fear of evil spirits and grant them eternal life.

Prayer Points

* Scripture Prayers for the Ju in Nigeria.

* Pray for the Word of God to be translated into the Ju language.
* Pray for a movement of Ju households to study the Bible and accept the blessings of Christ.
* Pray for a spiritual hunger that will drive the Ju people to the arms of Jesus.
* Pray for workers who are filled with the fruit and the power of the Holy Spirit to go to the Ju people.
* Pray that each Ju person has the opportunity to hear the gospel in a way he or she can understand.


Nigeria Evangelical Missions Association (NEMA)

Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

People Name General Ju
People Name in Country Ju
Population this Country 2,700
Population all Countries 2,700
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group No
GSEC 4  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Alternate Names
People ID 12372
ROP3 Code 104309
Country Nigeria
Region Africa, West and Central
Continent Africa
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 9  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Location in Country Bauchi state: Bauchi LGA, Ju village.   Source:  Ethnologue 2016
Country Nigeria
Region Africa, West and Central
Continent Africa
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 9  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Location in Country Bauchi state: Bauchi LGA, Ju village..   Source:  Ethnologue 2016

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Primary Language Ju (2,700 speakers)
Language Code juu   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Unknown
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Ju (2,700 speakers)
Language Code juu   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Ju

Primary Language:  Ju

Bible Translation Status:  Translation Needed

Resource Type Resource Name
None reported  
Primary Religion: Ethnic Religions
Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.50 %)
4.00 %
Ethnic Religions
96.00 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %
Christian Segments Percent
0.0 %
0.0 %
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
60.0 %
Roman Catholic
40.0 %
Photo Source Anonymous 
Profile Source Keith Carey  
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