Lela, Dakakari in Nigeria

Joshua Project has identified the Lela, Dakakari only in Nigeria





Largest Religion

Main Language


Introduction / History

The Dakarkari are found in Zuru, Donko/Wasafu and Sakaba LGAs of Kebbi state. Their main centers include Zuru, Ribah, Senchi, Bena, Peni, Bajida and Tade. Many also live in Rijau and Mariga LGAs of Niger state. Generally the Dakarkari are tall and slim. Today their marks are similar to those of their Dukkawa neighbors. Women usually have more marks on their forehead, neck, chest back and the arms. The front teeth were also filed to a point for beauty. Walki is the leather girdle worn till now by men to farm and during wrestling. They live in fenced thatched houses with a visitor's hut.

The Dakarkari are mainly farmers and hunters. In search of good land many have migrated to Niger state. They return to their original centers for burials and festivals. They farm guinea corn and millet. Iron ore is found in this area and used to be locally smelted.

They speak C'lela and Hausa fluently. Some young people speak Hausa only, especially in towns. C'lela has at least three dialects with many sub-dialects. Although this people are widely known as Dakarkari, they refer to themselves as Lelna.

Profile Source:   Anonymous  

People Name General Lela, Dakakari
People Name in Country Lela, Dakakari
Population in Nigeria 154,000
World Population 154,000
Countries 1
Progress Scale 3.1
Least-Reached No
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Dakakari, Lalawa, Lela
Affinity Bloc Sub-Saharan Peoples
People Cluster Benue
People Name General Lela, Dakakari
Ethnic Code NAB56b
People ID 13022
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 East Kebbi state, Zuru, Sakaba, and Donko-Wasagu LGAs; Niger state, Rijau LGA; migrants south.   Source:  Ethnologue 2010
Languages & Dialects on file:  1  (up to 20 largest shown)
C'lela (154,000)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
C'lela 154,000
For Primary Language: C'lela

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1931-2005)
New Testament No
Complete Bible No
Resource Format
Audio Bible teaching (GRN) Audio Recordings
Jesus Film: view in Clela Film / Video
Primary Religion: Ethnic Religions

Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 3.00 %)
20.00 %
Ethnic Religions
50.00 %
0.00 %
30.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %

Christian Segments Percent
0.0 %
15.0 %
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
70.0 %
Roman Catholic
15.0 %
Map Source: Anonymous  
Profile Source: Anonymous  
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