Bolewa in Nigeria

Joshua Project has identified the Bolewa only in Nigeria






Largest Religion

Main Language



Research documents complimented by oral traditions have it that the Bolewa tribe appear to have eastern origins, tracing their westward movements from the Middle East. The Bolewa are believed to have left Yemen in Southern Arabia a little after 940 AD. Between 1100 AD and 1500 AD, they moved westward to the shores of Lake Chad and into Nigeria. Known for their hard work, educational advantage and connections, the Bolewa can be found in virtually all sectors of the Nigerian economy, including public service. The main area where the Bolewa people reside includes the terrorist group Boko Haram, which seeks to unleash mayhem, fear and ethnic cleansing.

Ministry Obstacles

The presence of terrorist groups in the home area of the Bolewa brings an extra measure of danger and difficulty in taking the Gospel to the Bolewa people.

Outreach Ideas

Please pray that Gospel radio will become increasingly available throughout Nigeria, and that these broadcasts will include the language of the Bolewa people. Pray also that Gospel recordings (which are available in this language) will be widely circulated.

Pray for the Followers of Christ

Christians have lived in the region in which the Bolewa people live for quite some time, but the number of Christian believers within this tribe today are very few in number. Please pray for them and others who will soon become followers of Christ, that the Lord will protect them from terrorist groups and will give them eagerness to know and and serve Jesus.

Pray for the Entire People Group

Please pray for peace throughout the homeland area of the Bolewa tribe, and for all of northeastern Nigeria.

Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Bolewa
People Name in Country Bolewa
Population in Nigeria 202,000
World Population 202,000
Countries 1
Progress Scale 1.1
Least-Reached Yes
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Bole
Affinity Bloc Sub-Saharan Peoples
People Cluster Benue
People Name General Bolewa
Ethnic Code NAB56b
People ID 10914
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 Bauchi state, Dukku, Alkaleri, and Darazo LGAs; Gombe state, Dukku LGA; Yobe state, Fika LGA; Plateau state, Wase LGA.   Source:  Ethnologue 2010

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Enthologue Language Map

Ethnolinguistic map from University of Texas or other map

Languages & Dialects on file:  1  (up to 20 largest shown)
Bole: Bolewa (202,000)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Bole: Bolewa 202,000
For Primary Language: Bole

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

Major Religion Percent
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Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
2.00 %
0.00 %
98.00 %
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 %
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Profile Source: Joshua Project  
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