Agatu in Nigeria

Joshua Project has identified the Agatu only in Nigeria





Largest Religion

Main Language


Introduction / History

The Agatu people live on their ancestral lands in Benue State, Nigeria. Most of the people are subsistence farmers, growing yams, guinea corn, millet, groundnuts and vegetables. Because many Agatu live along the Benue River, fishing is also an important source of food.

For the most part, the Agatu live peacefully with neighboring people groups. When disputes do occur, they are usually about land rather than religion. In particular, some serious disputes with itinerant cattle herders trying to claim Agatu land have broken out in violence.

Missionaries introduced Christianity to the Agatu about 100 years ago, and about 80 percent of Agatu would consider themselves Christians. The remaining Agatu practice African traditional religion or identify with a major world religion present in the region.

The Agatu already have the New Testament in their language; however, the people now feel a deep need to have the Old Testament, too. In the Agatu culture, the Old Testament will be very important as a bridge to understanding the New Testament, particularly for those who practice African traditional religion or another world religion.

Local churches from many denominations are enthusiastically supporting this project, and church leaders are eager to have a complete Bible. Recently, an increasing number of Agatu Christians have become involved with traditional religious practices while others have begun to embrace materialism. Sound teaching from the Scripture will help church leaders to refute these errors and guide their people.

Profile Source:   Anonymous  

Expanded PDF Profile

People Name General Agatu
People Name in Country Agatu
Population in Nigeria 154,000
World Population 154,000
Countries 1
Progress Scale 3.2
Least-Reached No
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names North Idoma
Affinity Bloc Sub-Saharan Peoples
People Cluster Benue
People Name General Agatu
Ethnic Code NAB59z
People ID 10172
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 Benue state, Otuko Divison, Agatu, Ochekwu, and Adoka districts; Nassarawa state, Awe and Nasarawa LGAs.   Source:  Ethnologue 2010
Languages & Dialects on file:  1  (up to 20 largest shown)
Agatu (154,000)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Agatu 154,000
For Primary Language: Agatu

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1951-1968)
New Testament Yes   (1984)
Complete Bible No
Resource Format
Audio Bible teaching (GRN) Audio Recordings
Jesus Film Film / Video
Primary Religion: Christianity
Religion Subdivision: Protestant

Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 8.00 %)
81.00 %
Ethnic Religions
4.00 %
0.00 %
15.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %

Christian Segments Percent
0.0 %
15.0 %
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
70.0 %
Roman Catholic
15.0 %
Map Source: Anonymous  
Profile Source: Anonymous  
Data Sources: Data is compiled from various sources. Read more

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