Kurama, Bagwama in Nigeria

Joshua Project has identified the Kurama only in Nigeria





Largest Religion

Main Language


Introduction / History

The Akurmi settled in Kaduna State, located in northern Nigeria more than 600 years ago. They are amiable and friendly people who are primarily subsistence farmers. Some also work as tailors, carpenters and traders.

What Are Their Beliefs?

Can you imagine what it would be like to try to live the Christian life without having a Bible? It would be like trying to live without food. Yet, because Akurmi believers do not have God's Word in their heart language, that's what they must do every single day.

Although a small fraction of the Akurmi people practices another major world religion, and an even smaller percentage holds on to traditional rituals, at least 80 percent of the Akurmi are Christians. Many have let go of traditional religious practices and are seriously embracing their Christian faith, but they have no Bible.

The Akurmi people long to have the Scriptures in their mother tongue so that they can increase in their understanding of God's Word and grow in Christian maturity. They also want to be able to share the Good News with unbelievers in a form that will reach their hearts and minds.

Profile Source:   Anonymous  

Expanded PDF Profile

People Name General Kurama
People Name in Country Kurama, Bagwama
Population in Nigeria 64,000
World Population 64,000
Countries 1
Progress Scale 3.1
Least-Reached No
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Akurumi, Bagwama
Affinity Bloc Sub-Saharan Peoples
People Cluster Benue
People Name General Kurama
Ethnic Code NAB56b
People ID 12871
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, Saminaka and Ikara LGAs; Kano state, Tudun Waya LGA.   Source:  Ethnologue 2010
Languages & Dialects on file:  1  (up to 20 largest shown)
Kurama (64,000)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Kurama 64,000
For Primary Language: Kurama

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions No
New Testament No
Complete Bible No
Resource Format
Audio Bible teaching (GRN) Audio Recordings
Primary Religion: Christianity
Religion Subdivision: Protestant

Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 4.00 %)
88.00 %
Ethnic Religions
6.00 %
0.00 %
6.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %

Christian Segments Percent
0.0 %
30.0 %
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
50.0 %
Roman Catholic
20.0 %
Map Source: Anonymous  
Profile Source: Anonymous  
Data Sources: Data is compiled from various sources. Read more

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