Ngoshe Sama, Nggweshe in Nigeria





Largest Religion

Main Language


Introduction / History

The Gvoko people live in northeastern Nigeria. Historically they fled to the hills to resist the Fulani Islamic holy wars. Today, some have become Muslim and wear traditional Islamic dress, however, the majority are split between traditional religious beliefs they have held for centuries and Christianity which has come through missionary efforts in the last seventy years.

Most of the Gvoko are farmers who raise peanuts, maize, and millet on hillside terraces. A man's work includes farming, crafting leather, making baskets, spinning, weaving, and building. Women make clay objects, train the small children, prepare the meals, and do other household activities. Most Gvoko believe in a single god who is the creator of all things and who keeps his creation in order. They believe that this god only intervenes with his creation when order has been disturbed. The Gvoko do not pray to this god, but rather to their ancestors, who they believe will intercede on their behalf. The Gvoko believe that the Earth is the "mother goddess" who has birthed all other supernatural beings, including thunder and lightning, black snakes, crocodiles, and certain inanimate objects.

Although the Gvoko have shown some interest in Christian teachings, only a small percentage have accepted Jesus as their Savior. A few of the ethnic groups in the area are being targeted by missions agencies, others have no missionaries working among them. Only a few groups have portions of the Bible written in their language. Most of the Gvoko have never heard a clear presentation of the Gospel. Additional laborers and evangelistic materials are needed. The Gvoko people must have the Bible translated in their own language to know that the Creator is not an impersonal god, but rather a loving Savior who cares for them and wants their freedom from slavery to the spirits.

Profile Source:   Anonymous  

People Name General Ngoshe Sama
People Name in Country Ngoshe Sama, Nggweshe
Population in Nigeria 38,000
World Population 40,000
Countries 2
Progress Scale 2.2
Least-Reached No
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Gevoko, Nggweshe, Ngossi
Affinity Bloc Sub-Saharan Peoples
People Cluster Chadic
People Name General Ngoshe Sama
Ethnic Code NAB60b
People ID 13368
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 Borno state, Gwoza LGA; Adamawa state, Michika LGA.   Source:  Ethnologue 2010

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Enthologue Language Map

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Languages & Dialects on file:  1  (up to 20 largest shown)
Gvoko (37,000)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Gvoko 37,000
For Primary Language: Gvoko

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

Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.70 %)
30.00 %
Ethnic Religions
60.00 %
0.00 %
10.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %

Christian Segments Percent
0.0 %
25.0 %
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
50.0 %
Roman Catholic
25.0 %
Profile Source: Anonymous  
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