Kamwe, Higi in Nigeria





Largest Religion

Main Language


Introduction / History

The Mənta and Hya live in Adamawa State, Nigeria along the Cameroonian border (some Hya people live in Cameroon as well). The Mənta (known also as Mukta) originated from a nearby mountain of the same name. Although they speak the same language as the Hya, culturally the Mənta are part of the Fali people along with the speakers of Kəryə, Konzəl, Madzara, Vin, Huli, šwin, and Zhilvu. The common name for the language spoken by the Mənta and Hya is Higi, a term sometimes used for the Kamwe and Psikye as well.

Currently there are no literacy programs available for them in their local language, but the village leaders say that the people would be interested in learning to read and write their own language. Hausa is the official church language among the Mənta. Many church-goers own Bibles, but only in English or Hausa. Although there is a New Testament in Kamwe, few Mənta understand it. Some Christian radio programs are broadcast in the area in Hausa and several other languages. A deacon from a Baptist church in one Mənta village states that Bible translation is needed because people understand their heart language more easily than Hausa or English. The Hya in Cameroon are using the Psikye New Testament. Little is known about the Hya in Nigeria. Perhaps they are using the Kamwe New Testament; perhaps it is too difficult for them to understand.

Profile Source:   Anonymous  

People Name General Kamwe
People Name in Country Kamwe, Higi
Population in Nigeria 539,000
World Population 548,000
Countries 2
Progress Scale 3.2
Least-Reached No
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Higi, Vacamwe
Affinity Bloc Sub-Saharan Peoples
People Cluster Chadic
People Name General Kamwe
Ethnic Code NAB60b
People ID 12483
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 Adamawa state, Michika LGA, Mandara Mountains.   Source:  Ethnologue 2010

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Languages & Dialects on file:  1  (up to 20 largest shown)
Kamwe (539,000)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Kamwe 539,000
For Primary Language: Kamwe

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1972)
New Testament Yes   (1975-1999)
Complete Bible No
Audio Bible Online
Resource Format
Audio Bible teaching (GRN) Audio Recordings
Jesus Film: view in Kamwe Film / Video
Online New Testament (FCBH) Audio Recordings
The Seed Company Translation Project Text / Printed Matter
Primary Religion: Ethnic Religions

Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 10.00 %)
38.00 %
Ethnic Religions
49.00 %
0.00 %
13.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %

Christian Segments Percent
0.0 %
15.0 %
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
60.0 %
Roman Catholic
25.0 %
Profile Source: Anonymous  
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