Baangi in Nigeria

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People Name: Baangi
Country: Nigeria
10/40 Window: Yes
Population: 32,000
World Population: 32,000
Primary Language: Baangi
Primary Religion: Islam
Christian Adherents: 1.00 %
Evangelicals: 1.00 %
Scripture: Unspecified
Online Audio NT: No
Jesus Film: No
Audio Recordings: Yes
People Cluster: Benue
Affinity Bloc: Sub-Saharan Peoples
Progress Level:

Introduction / History

The Baangi people live in northern Niger State, in Nigeria. They are centered around Bangi town which is south of Bena. The Baangi use Hausa predominantly for daily activities in their community. Only a few of their elderly are still fluent in the vernacular. Sadly, they have abandoned most of their cultural activities because of their Islamic beliefs.

What Are Their Lives Like?

Most villages have primary and secondary schools in their community. They also have basic health care centers. They use vehicles, motorcycles, camels and donkeys as means of transportation.
The main staple of their diet is a traditional food called Chachaka (prepared with pumpkin leaf). Agriculture is the most common economic activity, common crops are maize, cassava, bambara nut, yam, guinea corn and groundnut.

What Are Their Beliefs?

The Baangi people are not getting their spiritual needs met. They rely on the spirits, Islamic rituals, but they have not met the one who provides life to the full (Jn 10:10).

What Are Their Needs?

The Baangi are mostly Muslims, and very few African traditional religionists. No Christian are reported among them, although they have church denominations in their communities, such as Evangelical Church Winning All (ECWA), Baptist, Cherubim and Seraphim, Living Faith and Catholic. There is no scripture available in the language and there has been no request for this, so the response to the gospel is very slow.

Prayer Points

Pray that the Baangi people will desire God's word in their own language.
Pray that their churches will be filled with worship to the king of kings!
Pray that the elderly will share their vernacular language with the Baangi youth.
Pray that their cultural activities will thrive again.
Pray for an abundant harvest and that the Baangi people will know that the blessings come from God.

Text Source:   Joshua Project