Mgbo in Nigeria

The Mgbo have only been reported in Nigeria
Population
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge

Introduction / History

Most Mgbolizia speakers live within the southeastern Nigerian state of Ebonyi, one of the most agriculturally productive regions in the entire nation. People in the region make their living growing crops like rice, yams, cassava, maize, cocoa, groundnuts (peanuts) and oil palms. The rich red soil also contains abundant mineral resources including salt, zinc, lead and limestone. In fact, the state is called the "Salt of the Nation" because of its large saline deposits.


What Are Their Beliefs?

Many of the Mgbolizia people of Nigeria still follow African traditional religious beliefs, and some are adherents of Islam. Scripture in the peoples' mother tongue has the potential to impact their hearts and lives in a way that nothing else can, bringing them to salvation in Jesus Christ.


What Are Their Needs?

Translators have been working in the neighboring related languages of Izii, Ezaa and Ikwo since 1964. A Mgbolizia team began work in the late 80s. After the study and analysis of the language, they established an alphabet and produced some literacy publications, but the work dwindled and stopped over time. Now it is beginning again with renewed vigor.

Mgbolizia Christians have set aside long-held social and religious prejudices to work with their neighbors. Denominations are cooperating in the translation efforts, and churches are encouraging their members to use the translated Scriptures. Local education authorities have also shown support for the project, and interest in a literacy program for schools greatly exceeded expectations.


Prayer Points

Scripture Prayers for the Mgbo in Nigeria.


Profile Source:   Anonymous  

People Name General Mgbo
People Name in Country Mgbo
Alternate Names Izi
Population this Country 259,000
Population all Countries 259,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 4
Unreached No
Frontier People Group No
GSEC 4  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed
People ID 13700
ROP3 Code 106582
ROP25 Code 305433
ROP25 Name Mgbo
Country Nigeria
Region Africa, West and Central
Continent Africa
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 6  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Location in Country Ebonyi state: Ohaukwu LGA; Benue state: Ado LGA.   Source:  Ethnologue 2016
Country Nigeria
Region Africa, West and Central
Continent Africa
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 6  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Location in Country Ebonyi state: Ohaukwu LGA; Benue state: Ado LGA..   Source:  Ethnologue 2016
Primary Religion: Christianity
Major Religion Percent
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 10.00 %)
50.00 %
Ethnic Religions
30.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
20.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Primary Language Mgbolizhia (259,000 speakers)
Language Code gmz   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Mgbolizhia (259,000 speakers)
Language Code gmz   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Mgbolizhia

Primary Language:  Mgbolizhia

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1980-2008)
Bible-New Testament No
Bible-Complete No
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon
World Bibles
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
Virtual Storehouse
Resource Type Resource Name Source
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching Global Recordings Network
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Mgbolizhia Jesus Film Project
General Scripture Earth Gospel resources links Scripture Earth
Photo Source The Seed Co. 
Map Source Anonymous  
Profile Source Anonymous 
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Learn more.



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