Eggon in Nigeria

Joshua Project has identified the Eggon only in Nigeria





Largest Religion

Main Language


Introduction / History

The Eggon receives its name from the hill where the people lived before coming down to the plain. The word eggon refers to that hill which means "a good sense hearing". They are called "Madan Dutse" which means the Hill Mada but the Eggon are different from the Mada who are popularly called "Madan Kasa". However, they share similarities in cultural belief and moral code. The Eggon are also known as Mo Eggon.

Where Are they Located?

The people are from Nasarawa State in central Nigeria. They are mainly found in Lafia, Akwanga, Keffi and Nasarawa Eggon local government areas of the state. They can also be found in Kokona, villages around Doma, Obi, Keana and Wamba.

What Are Their Beliefs?

The Eggon generally believe in Ahogben (God) who is far beyond the sky and they believe he created man and the universe and anything good is from him, because he is far above they feel they can only communicate to him through Ashim (a close god to humans) which is a supreme God. Individuals or families also keep items like a pot or stone as their god at home which they believe in and also make sacrifices to. But with the coming of missionaries, Islam and Christianity have spread widely in their land. Today Islam and Christianity are the major religion in the land.The supreme god is called Angbashim. In order to consult this god a libation is poured on the ground seven times with some confession by the elder or priest. Apart from the Ashim, there are some religions practiced by individuals or families such as Akuk, Arikya, Gango and Yamba. They use items like stones, cowries, pots and sticks as gods. Such items are kept mostly at home in a separate room for worshiping and they offer sacrifices to the item, believing it chases away evil spirits in the land or away from the family and make land fit for farming.

Profile Source:   Anonymous  

People Name General Eggon
People Name in Country Eggon
Population in Nigeria 237,000
World Population 237,000
Countries 1
Progress Scale 3.1
Least-Reached No
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Mo Egon
Affinity Bloc Sub-Saharan Peoples
People Cluster Benue
People Name General Eggon
Ethnic Code NAB56b
People ID 11721
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 (Keffi, Kokona, Karu, Keana, Doma Wamba LGAs), Nasarawa Eggon, Akwanga, Lafia, Awe, and Obi LGAs. Parts of Nassarawa and Toto LGAs.   Source:  Ethnologue 2010 and field source

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Languages & Dialects on file:  1  (up to 20 largest shown)
Eggon (237,000)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Eggon 237,000
For Primary Language: Eggon

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1935)
New Testament Yes   (1974)
Complete Bible No
Audio Bible Online
Resource Format
Audio Bible teaching (GRN) Audio Recordings
Jesus Film: view in Eggon Film / Video
Online New Testament (FCBH) Audio Recordings
Primary Religion: Ethnic Religions

Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 3.56 %)
20.00 %
Ethnic Religions
65.00 %
0.00 %
15.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %

Christian Segments Percent
0.0 %
0.0 %
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
60.0 %
Roman Catholic
40.0 %
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Profile Source: Anonymous  
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