Kadara in Nigeria

Joshua Project has identified the Kadara only in Nigeria





Largest Religion

Main Language


Introduction / History

The Kadara (also Azuwa, Ada, Adara, Ajuwa, Azuah, Ajuah) people make up one of the largest ethnic groups in southern Kaduna, an area south of the present state of Kaduna in Nigeria.

Where Are they Located?

A great number of this ethnic group is found in the eastern part of Minna, the capital of Niger State, with a high concentration of them in the northern part of Abuja, the capital of Nigeria, with three different locations: Imesiwaa, Imesiyo, Imesiyaa.

Kadara land covers an extensive area of about 8,090 square kilometers. There is an estimated population of about 3.9 million people according to the 1973 census (National archives, Kaduna 1977).
Because of the teeming population of this ethnic group, the Kaduna state government recently created two new chiefdoms in Kadara land with Kachia and Kajuru as their headquarters.

What Are Their Lives Like?

The Kadara people are an ethnic group that enjoys living together in small villages as their settlements, with the organization of administration based on the village settling. They are great farmers and hunters.
Among the common and most stable food crops grown are Guinea corn, millet, maize, rice, cotton, groundnuts, tobacco, sugar cane, ginger, yams, beans and soy beans as the main cash crops. Another important aspect of agriculture engaged in by the Kadara is animals rearing such as cattle, sheep, goats, pigs and poultry.

The historical origin of this people (Kadara) in Nigeria has not yet been fully ascertained and documented, and until that is done, one can depend only on oral tradition to understand how they came to occupy their present territories.

One tradition traces the origin of the Kadara to the Dala Hills in Kano State. Another oral tradition maintains that they (especially the Kadara of Ankuwa) migrated from the area around the Plateau Hills, west of Plateau state Nigeria to their present settlement.

Temple, a historian, maintains that little is known of their origin and history, beyond the facts that they have inhabited their present territories from centuries ago, and the mention of the Beri-Beri invasion and conquest of Kajuru. (Temple C. L., Notes on the tribes of the northern Nigeria, London 1962 .179)

One thing interesting about the two traditions of the history of the Kadara people is that both trace their origin to the Hills of Dala and Plateau. It is little wonder then that areas presently occupied by them are around the Hills and mountainous regions.

What Are Their Beliefs?

The Kadara people believed in the existence of a supreme being, creator of the universe. He could be reached through much lesser spirits found in the ancestral world, spirits of certain animals, stones and a host of impersonal forces. Also living among the Kadara are adherents to both Christianity and Islam.

What Are Their Needs?

The Kadera need to be set free from injustice and rule of evil, because these two prevail when good people do nothing.

Profile Source:   Atauh Kilaishi Joshua  

People Name General Kadara
People Name in Country Kadara
Population in Nigeria 342,000
World Population 342,000
Countries 1
Progress Scale 3.1
Least-Reached No
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Ada, Adara, Agwallah, Ajuah, Bishini, Doka, Kateri, Kufana, Maro, Rimau
Affinity Bloc Sub-Saharan Peoples
People Cluster Benue
People Name General Kadara
Ethnic Code NAB56b
People ID 12404
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 Kaduna state, Kachia LGA; Niger state, Chanchaga LGA.   Source:  Ethnologue 2010

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Enthologue Language Map

Ethnolinguistic map from University of Texas or other map

Languages & Dialects on file:  2  (up to 20 largest shown)
Gbaya, Northwest: Yaáyuwee Adara: Minna
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Gbaya, Northwest: Yaáyuwee Adara: Minna
For Primary Language: Adara

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

Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 4.00 %)
20.00 %
Ethnic Religions
75.00 %
0.00 %
5.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %

Christian Segments Percent
0.0 %
50.0 %
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
35.0 %
Roman Catholic
15.0 %
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Profile Source: Atauh Kilaishi Joshua  
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