Dadiya, Dadianci in Nigeria

Joshua Project has identified the Dadiya only in Nigeria





Largest Religion

Main Language


Where Are they Located?

Dadiya speakers live in the eastern mountains and plains of Nigeria's Gombe State and in neighboring areas of Taraba State. Families grow grain, peanuts, beans, rice and cotton. Most use traditional methods to till the ground and grow just enough to eat. Farmers typically use ox-drawn plows to plant their fields.

What Are Their Beliefs?

In 1930, Christian missionaries arrived and were received positively. Early Christians spread the Gospel to surrounding regions. Today, about 40 percent of Dadiya speakers are believers. About the same percentage are members of another major faith; others continue following traditional African religious practices.

In 1999, two older women called on a local pastor to discuss Bible translation into the Dadiya mother tongue. He met with his church and Dadiya speakers from other states and found immediate interest.

The result was a successful Luke Partnership project, completed in 2008. That project produced Luke's Gospel and the "JESUS" film. It also helped train translators. Local churches have endorsed, assisted and helped fund this Dadiya translation at every stage.

What Are Their Needs?

Life has been difficult in the Dadiya region. The Dadiya people and some neighboring groups are embroiled in an ongoing land dispute. Homes have been burned, and some families have endured significant loss.

Profile Source:   Anonymous  

Expanded PDF Profile

People Name General Dadiya
People Name in Country Dadiya, Dadianci
Population in Nigeria 49,000
World Population 49,000
Countries 1
Progress Scale 1.2
Least-Reached Yes
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Dadianci
Affinity Bloc Sub-Saharan Peoples
People Cluster Adamawa-Ubangi
People Name General Dadiya
Ethnic Code NAB66c
People ID 11463
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 Gombe state, Balanga LGA; Taraba state, Karim Lamido LGA; Adamawa state, Numan LGA, between Dadiya and Bambam.   Source:  Ethnologue 2010
Languages & Dialects on file:  1  (up to 20 largest shown)
Dadiya: Tunga (49,000)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Dadiya: Tunga 49,000
For Primary Language: Dadiya

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (2008)
New Testament No
Complete Bible No
Resource Format
Audio Bible teaching (GRN) Audio Recordings
Jesus Film: view in Dadiya Film / Video
Primary Religion: Ethnic Religions

Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 2.00 %)
3.00 %
Ethnic Religions
77.00 %
0.00 %
20.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %

Christian Segments Percent
0.0 %
20.0 %
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
70.0 %
Roman Catholic
10.0 %
Map Source: Anonymous  
Profile Source: Anonymous  
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