Gokana in Nigeria

Joshua Project has identified the Gokana only in Nigeria





Largest Religion

Main Language


Introduction / History

People of Gokana are part of Ogoni ethnic group in Rivers state in Nigeria. They speak Gokana, a language which is similar to Khana, Eleme, Tai, and Baan Ngoi -- all Ogoni languages.

Where Are they Located?

They live in Rivers state in the southern part of Nigeria.

What Are Their Lives Like?

They are generous to visitors and love strangers like brothers. They are mainly farmers, but also fishermen.

What Are Their Beliefs?

They believe that there is one God call Bari who created the world. They believe that God is in heaven far above the sky and there are some traditional worshippers and also a secret cult-like festival called amanikpo, predominantly among the youth. Traditional worshippers pour hot drinks on the ground.

Profile Source:   Anonymous  

People Name General Gokana
People Name in Country Gokana
Population in Nigeria 153,000
World Population 153,000
Countries 1
Progress Scale 3.2
Least-Reached No
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names
Affinity Bloc Sub-Saharan Peoples
People Cluster Benue
People Name General Gokana
Ethnic Code NAB56b
People ID 11919
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 Rivers state, Gokana LGA.   Source:  Ethnologue 2010

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Enthologue Language Map

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Languages & Dialects on file:  1  (up to 20 largest shown)
Gokana (153,000)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Gokana 153,000
For Primary Language: Gokana

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1993)
New Testament Yes   (1996-2011)
Complete Bible No
Audio Bible Online
Resource Format
Audio Bible teaching (GRN) Audio Recordings
Online New Testament (FCBH) Audio Recordings
Primary Religion: Christianity
Religion Subdivision: Protestant

Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 35.00 %)
98.00 %
Ethnic Religions
2.00 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %

Christian Segments Percent
0.0 %
20.0 %
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
50.0 %
Roman Catholic
30.0 %
Profile Source: Anonymous  
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