Gupa-Abawa in Nigeria

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People Name: Gupa-Abawa
Country: Nigeria
10/40 Window: Yes
Population: 32,000
World Population: 32,000
Primary Language: Gupa-Abawa
Primary Religion: Islam
Christian Adherents: 2.80 %
Evangelicals: 0.10 %
Scripture: Translation Started
Online Audio NT: No
Jesus Film: No
Audio Recordings: No
People Cluster: Nupe
Affinity Bloc: Sub-Saharan Peoples
Progress Level:

Introduction / History

The Abawa, also known as the Dibo, and the Gana-Gana trace their origin to Egypt, which they left when they refused to accept Islam when it was first introduced to them.
The Abawa are found in Kwali, Abaji, Abuja Municipal Area Council the federal capital territory of Nigeria. They live in 45 villages in Abuja.

What Are Their Lives Like?

Their women are easily identified by their art of making Atshidan (native pot used for tie and dye). Their traditional chief is called "Etsu of Ashara," who holds the much-valued Rigbemsoje (royal staff).
They have good relationships with the Igala and Fulani who live among them.
They celebrate the Abawa Day Festival. People come from far and near to celebrate over three days. During the festival, those visiting showcase their cultural talents. Fishermen bring fishes to show who caught the biggest fish, and hunters' fire shots in the air as a sign of respect to royalty. The participants wear Godo and Pasa (hand woven materials) as special clothing for the festival.
Each household cooks Enemezo (white beans soup), with Adin (pounded yam).
They practice farming, hunting, blacksmithing, and fishing. They cultivate rice, maize, guinea corn, yams, and cassava. Their major crops are rice and maize.
All generations speak and understand their own language. They speak Hausa and English to visitors, immigrants and neighboring groups that do not understand them.

What Are Their Beliefs?

They are 98 percent Muslims, and 2 percent Christians in the community.

What Are Their Needs?

The language community has very few Christians. They need evangelism, church planting, and pastors.

Prayer Points

Pray for the Christians in the community to share the love of God.
Pray for a massive move of the Holy Spirit among this people group that will lead to their spiritual and physical blessings.
Pray for the Lord to reach Abawa elders, opening doors for the others to follow Christ.

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