Basa-Gurmana in Nigeria

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People Name: Basa-Gurmana
Country: Nigeria
10/40 Window: Yes
Population: 5,300
World Population: 5,300
Primary Language: Basa-Gurmana
Primary Religion: Ethnic Religions
Christian Adherents: 0.00 %
Evangelicals: 0.00 %
Scripture: Translation Started
Online Audio NT: No
Jesus Film: No
Audio Recordings: Yes
People Cluster: Benue
Affinity Bloc: Sub-Saharan Peoples
Progress Level:

Introduction / History

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.

What Are Their Lives Like?

The Koromfe area, home of the Basa-Gurmana people, is predominately Muslim. Christians are somewhat tolerated, but conversion carries dire consequences. People who convert risk shunning, discrimination and outright persecution. 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.

What Are Their Beliefs?

According to their tradition, the Basa-Gurmana descended to earth in a metal box, in one version, or by a thread in another version. Their traditional religion is animism. The Basa-Gurmana have also intermarried extensively with the Mossi people of Burkina Faso and are adopting more and more of their language and traditions.

What Are Their Needs?

The Basa-Gurmana people have many physical needs. They need much better medical care and schools.

Prayer Points

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.
Pray for the Lord to take down spiritual forces that oppress the Koromba people.

Text Source:   Joshua Project