Nde, Ekamtonofo in Nigeria

Joshua Project has identified the Nde only in Nigeria





Largest Religion

Main Language


Introduction / History

The Nde, Nta, and Nselle people (as well as the Nkim, Nkum, Ekajuk, Nnam, Abanyom, and Efutop people) are part of the Bakor cluster of languages in Cross River State, Nigeria. These three groups speak similar dialects of the same language, yet consider themselves to be distinct from each other culturally and socially. Most of the local people are farmers. Major crops from this area include yams, cassava, and rice. The people also grow cocoa, pepper, maize, oranges, plantains, and okra. The many markets in the area provide an environment of rich social interaction. There are numerous opportunities for the buyers and sellers to come together and socialize with the people from their neighboring dialects.

There is no Scripture available for these people in their mother tongue. Many years ago a calendar was printed in one of the dialects, but this is the only literature that exists. If a language development project were to be started in one of these dialects, the Nta and Nselle report that they would be glad to use literature in Nde. There are numerous churches in the Nde, Nselle, and Nta villages. The major denominations include Roman Catholic, Assemblies of God, Apostolic, and Presbyterian. Most church services are held in English and sometimes translated into the language of the people.

Although English is widely spoken, (and is the major language of instruction in schools) the people are very eager to have their own language development project. They are excited about the prospect of their children learning to read and write in the language they understand best.

Profile Source:   Anonymous  

People Name General Nde
People Name in Country Nde, Ekamtonofo
Population in Nigeria 40,000
World Population 40,000
Countries 1
Progress Scale 3.2
Least-Reached No
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Ekamtulufu, Udom
Affinity Bloc Sub-Saharan Peoples
People Cluster Benue
People Name General Nde
Ethnic Code NAB56b
People ID 13274
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 Cross River state, Ikom LGA.   Source:  Ethnologue 2010
Languages & Dialects on file:  1  (up to 20 largest shown)
Nde-Nsele-Nta (40,000)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Nde-Nsele-Nta 40,000
For Primary Language: Nde-Nsele-Nta

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: Independent

Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 13.00 %)
88.00 %
Ethnic Religions
12.00 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %

Christian Segments Percent
0.0 %
50.0 %
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
40.0 %
Roman Catholic
10.0 %
Map Source: Joshua Project / Global Mapping International  
Profile Source: Anonymous  
Data Sources: Data is compiled from various sources. Read more

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