Janjo in Nigeria

Joshua Project has identified the Janjo only in Nigeria





Largest Religion

Main Language


Introduction / History

In northeastern Nigeria where the Dza, also known as the Jenjo, people live large-scale farms raise coffee, tea, groundnuts and cotton as cash crops. Their state also produces large numbers of sheep, cattle and goats as well as breeding rabbits, poultry and pigs.

What Are Their Beliefs?

The Good News first came to the Dza through Christian workers in the 1940s. Today, about 35 percent claim faith in Christ. About 10 percent follow another major world religion while the rest practice traditional African beliefs.

Eight Christian denominations have established work among the Dza. Despite economic challenges, local churches are highly motivated to translate Scripture into their own language. At a meeting to discuss the project's feasibility, all the denominations were well-represented. They know having access to God's Word in the language they speak will allow for greater impact in discipleship. It will also help the community preserve their language, promote unity among them as a people and give them tools for evangelism.

Profile Source:   Anonymous  

People Name General Janjo
People Name in Country Janjo
Population in Nigeria 32,000
World Population 32,000
Countries 1
Progress Scale 3.2
Least-Reached No
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Dza, Jen
Affinity Bloc Sub-Saharan Peoples
People Cluster Adamawa-Ubangi
People Name General Janjo
Ethnic Code NAB66c
People ID 12321
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 Taraba state, Karim Lamido LGA, and Adamawa state, Numan LGA, Jen town, east of Karim-Lamido town, south of Bambuka town, by Benue River bank.   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)
Dza (32,000)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Dza 32,000
For Primary Language: Dza

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions No
New Testament No
Complete Bible No
Resource Format
Audio Bible teaching (GRN) Audio Recordings
Jesus Film: view in Dza Film / Video
The Seed Company Translation Project Text / Printed Matter
Primary Religion: Christianity
Religion Subdivision: Protestant

Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 14.00 %)
80.00 %
Ethnic Religions
10.00 %
0.00 %
10.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %

Christian Segments Percent
0.0 %
10.0 %
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
60.0 %
Roman Catholic
30.0 %
Profile Source: Anonymous  
Data Sources: Data is compiled from various sources. Read more

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