Boli in Nigeria

Joshua Project has identified the Boli only in Nigeria





Largest Religion

Main Language


Introduction / History

The Maya people are hardworking farmers. Their crops include guinea corn, millet, maize and groundnuts. Projects for economic, medical and educational development are under way, including efforts to improve water supplies through drilling boreholes. Girls tend to drop out of school to help at home and marry very young.

A linguistic workshop culminated in a meeting in which Maya people met together to discuss the best ways to write their language. More than 150 people attended. The eagerness, zeal and testimonials at the workshop gave them a new sense of pride in their language. The Maya are enthusiastic about having the Scriptures in their mother tongue.

What Are Their Beliefs?

Since the early 1930s, the Maya have known about the Gospel. As a result, 90 percent affiliate with Christianity. Outside influences of many kinds have affected the area, and traditional religion is less visible now.

What Are Their Needs?

The Maya people manage a living from their land, but struggle with limited resources. Local churches are highly motivated to translate Scripture into the Maya language. They see its potential for unifying and bringing revival to their churches, which typically have struggled with disunity. God's Word in the heart language will also encourage believers to grow in their understanding of the Bible and to share the Good News in meaningful ways. In addition, having things written in Maya will promote development and help Maya speakers preserve their culture and language.

Profile Source:   Anonymous  

Expanded PDF Profile

People Name General Boli
People Name in Country Boli
Population in Nigeria 4,000
World Population 4,000
Countries 1
Progress Scale 3.2
Least-Reached No
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Bali, Bani, Bli, Hiai, Klai, Lai, Li, Paoting, Slai
Affinity Bloc Sub-Saharan Peoples
People Cluster Adamawa-Ubangi
People Name General Boli
Ethnic Code NAB66c
People ID 10605
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 Adamawa state, Numan LGA, at Bali, 30 km from Numan on Jalingo road.   Source:  Ethnologue 2010
Languages & Dialects on file:  1  (up to 20 largest shown)
Bali (4,000)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Bali 4,000
For Primary Language: Bali

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions No
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 9.00 %)
18.00 %
Ethnic Religions
65.00 %
0.00 %
17.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %

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

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