Alago, Idoma Nokwu in Nigeria

Joshua Project has identified the Alago only in Nigeria





Largest Religion

Main Language


What Are Their Lives Like?

The sub-Saharan Alago speakers raise the food their families need, including guinea corn, maize and millet grain. For those living in rural areas, meals, usually cooked outside, frequently include dodo (fried plantains) and foufou (pounded yam or pounded grain) with well-spiced soup made from vegetables and leaves. They enjoy lush tropical fruits like oranges, melons, grapefruit, limes, mangoes, bananas and pineapples year-round.

What Are Their Beliefs?

Many Alago people practice traditional religion deeply rooted in ethnic identity, sacred kingships and hereditary political office. Conversion to Christianity means a new cultural assimilation, yet 35 percent claim Gospel faith. The area has over nine Christian denominations. About 10 percent of the Alago follow another major world religion.

When Bible translation work began among the Alago more than 30 years ago, few people were interested. Today, however, Alago speakers are committed to developing their heart language. They want to share with family and friends bound by legalistic religion or perpetual fear of capricious spirits. Believers need mother tongue Scripture to effectively understand and share Christ.

Profile Source:   Anonymous  

Expanded PDF Profile

People Name General Alago
People Name in Country Alago, Idoma Nokwu
Population in Nigeria 53,000
World Population 53,000
Countries 1
Progress Scale 3.1
Least-Reached No
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Idoma Nokwu
Affinity Bloc Sub-Saharan Peoples
People Cluster Benue
People Name General Alago
Ethnic Code NAB59z
People ID 10241
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 Nassarawa state, Awe and Lafia LGAs.   Source:  Ethnologue 2010
Languages & Dialects on file:  1  (up to 20 largest shown)
Alago: Keana (53,000)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Alago: Keana 53,000
For Primary Language: Alago

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1929)
New Testament No
Complete Bible No
Resource Format
Audio Bible teaching (GRN) Audio Recordings
The Seed Company Translation Project Text / Printed Matter
Primary Religion: Ethnic Religions

Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 2.50 %)
7.00 %
Ethnic Religions
83.00 %
0.00 %
10.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %

Christian Segments Percent
0.0 %
20.0 %
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
60.0 %
Roman Catholic
20.0 %
Map Source: Anonymous  
Profile Source: Anonymous  
Data Sources: Data is compiled from various sources. Read more

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