Glavda, Guelebda in Nigeria





Largest Religion

Main Language


Introduction / History

The Glavda people live in northeastern Nigeria. Historically they are hill-dwellers, who resisted the Fulani Islamic holy wars. Today, some of them have become Muslim and wear traditional Islamic dress. However, the majority are split between traditional religious beliefs they have held for centuries and Christianity which has come through missionary efforts in the last 70 years. Most of the Glavda are farmers who raise peanuts, maize, and millet on hillside terraces. A man's work includes farming, crafting leather, making baskets, spinning, weaving, and building. Women make clay objects, train the small children, prepare the meals, and do other household activities.

Most Glavda believe in a single god who is the creator of all things and who keeps his creation in order. They believe this god only intervenes with creation when order has been disturbed. The Glavda do not pray to this god, but rather to their ancestors, who they believe will intercede on their behalf. The Glavda believe that the Earth is the "mother goddess" who has birthed all other supernatural beings, including thunder and lightning, black snakes, crocodiles, and certain inanimate objects.

Although the Glavda have shown some interest in Christian teachings, only a small percentage of them have accepted Jesus as Savior. A few of the ethnic groups in the area are being targeted by mission agencies; others have no missionaries working among them. Only the gospel of Mark has been translated into their language. Today no Christian radio or television broadcasts are being aired in the Glavda language. Most of the Glavda have never heard a clear presentation of the Gospel. Additional laborers and evangelistic materials are needed. The Glavda people must have the whole Word of God translated in their own language to know that the Creator is not an impersonal god, but rather a loving Savior who cares for them and wants their freedom from slavery to the spirits through fear.

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People Name General Glavda
People Name in Country Glavda, Guelebda
Population in Nigeria 45,000
World Population 53,000
Countries 2
Progress Scale 3.1
Least-Reached No
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Ametsa, Gelebda, Guelebda, Vale
Affinity Bloc Sub-Saharan Peoples
People Cluster Chadic
People Name General Glavda
Ethnic Code NAB60b
People ID 11908
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 Borno state, Gwoza LGA, mainly Nggoshe village (different from Ngoshi); Agapalawa, Amuda, Vale, Ashigashiya, Kerawa, Pelekwa villages.   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)
Glavda: Ngoshie (45,000)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Glavda: Ngoshie 45,000
For Primary Language: Glavda

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1967)
New Testament No
Complete Bible No
Resource Format
Audio Bible teaching (GRN) Audio Recordings
Primary Religion: Ethnic Religions

Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 3.00 %)
20.00 %
Ethnic Religions
65.00 %
0.00 %
15.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %

Christian Segments Percent
0.0 %
40.0 %
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
30.0 %
Roman Catholic
30.0 %
Photo Source: Titus Yakubu  
Profile Source: Anonymous  
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