Marghi, South in Nigeria

Joshua Project has identified the Marghi, South only in Nigeria





Largest Religion

Main Language


Introduction / History

Their name means "Marghi cry with drums," referring to the distinctive drum-songs used at festivals and funerals. Also known as Margi South, they are closely related to Marghi Central and Marghi West. The people live in rural areas keeping small farms.

What Are Their Beliefs?

There has been a Christian influence since the 1920s; 70 to 80 percent claim church affiliation and attend Sunday services. Though Marghi Christians are in the majority, they still suffer both subtle and overt persecution from those professing other beliefs. They are denied jobs, promotions and raises they deserve. Sometimes they can't get services to which they are entitled because of their beliefs; for example, authorities withhold building permits for churches. This kind of treatment discourages the believers. Scripture in their mother tongue will both strengthen their personal faith and it will give them tools through which to share their faith with others.

Believers are concerned about divorce, substance abuse and the spread of HIV/AIDS. Couples need to discover their identity in Jesus and look to Him to meet their needs, allowing His life through them to slow the soaring divorce rate. Those caught in the trap of substance abuse and sexual promiscuity need to know the One who can satisfy the longings that can lead to destructive behaviors.

Profile Source:   Anonymous  

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People Name General Marghi, South
People Name in Country Marghi, South
Population in Nigeria 210,000
World Population 210,000
Countries 1
Progress Scale 3.2
Least-Reached No
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Marghi South, Uba, Wamdiu
Affinity Bloc Sub-Saharan Peoples
People Cluster Chadic
People Name General Marghi, South
Ethnic Code NAB60b
People ID 15018
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, Askira-Uba LGA; Adamawa state, Mubi and Michika LGAs.   Source:  Ethnologue 2010
Languages & Dialects on file:  1  (up to 20 largest shown)
Marghi South: Wamdiu (210,000)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Marghi South: Wamdiu 210,000
For Primary Language: Marghi South

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions No
New Testament No
Complete Bible No
Resource Format
Audio Bible teaching (GRN) Audio Recordings
Jesus Film: view in Marghi South Film / Video
Primary Religion: Christianity
Religion Subdivision: Independent

Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 8.50 %)
67.00 %
Ethnic Religions
4.00 %
0.00 %
29.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %

Christian Segments Percent
5.0 %
40.0 %
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
30.0 %
Roman Catholic
25.0 %
Map Source: Anonymous  
Profile Source: Anonymous  
Data Sources: Data is compiled from various sources. Read more

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