Abanyom in Nigeria

Joshua Project has identified the Abanyom only in Nigeria





Largest Religion

Main Language


Introduction / History

The Abanyom people along with the Ekajuk, Nnam, Nkim, Nkum, Nselle, Nta, Nde, and Efutop are all part of the Bakor cluster. Originally from Emeatal and Etikpe, the people have now settled in the western-most part of Cross River State, Nigeria. There are approximately 16,000 Abanyom people living in this area.

They are very proud of their own language and say that they would like their children to learn to read and write in Abanyom. Currently most schooling is conducted in English. A few people are attending an adult education program that is being held in some areas. The teaching is done in English, but Abanyom is used for discussion amongst themselves.

Most people, especially the youth, understand and speak some English. English is spoken with outsiders and those who don't understand Abanyom. However, the people say that the most useful language in their own villages is Abanyom. When asked which language God likes, the elders responded, "All the languages! He created every language!"

There are many churches in the Abanyom villages. Every village has at least one Roman Catholic Church. Other denominations in the area include Deeper Life, Assemblies of God, Methodist, Presbyterian, Christ For the World, and Apostolic. Most churches use English translations of the Bible, even though the children and grandparents don't understand it well.

The Abanyom do not officially have a written language. The elders report that the only thing they have ever seen written in their language is a political speech. There is no standard written form of the language.

Prayer Points

* Pray for the Abanyom children and grandparents to hear the Gospel in a new way.
* Thank God for all the churches among the Abanyom.

Profile Source:   Anonymous  

People Name General Abanyom
People Name in Country Abanyom
Population in Nigeria 29,000
World Population 29,000
Countries 1
Progress Scale 3.2
Least-Reached No
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Bakor
Affinity Bloc Sub-Saharan Peoples
People Cluster Benue
People Name General Abanyom
Ethnic Code NAB56b
People ID 10122
Country Nigeria
Region West and Central Africa
Continent Africa
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 10  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Location in Country Cross River state, Ikom LGA, Abangkang main village.   Source:  Ethnologue 2010
Languages & Dialects on file:  1  (up to 20 largest shown)
Abanyom (29,000)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Abanyom 29,000
For Primary Language: Abanyom

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions No
New Testament No
Complete Bible No
Resource Format
Audio Bible teaching (GRN) Audio Recordings
Primary Religion: Christianity
Religion Subdivision: Protestant

Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 12.00 %)
92.00 %
Ethnic Religions
8.00 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %

Christian Segments Percent
0.0 %
15.0 %
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
60.0 %
Roman Catholic
25.0 %
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Profile Source: Anonymous  
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