Utugwang, East Mbube in Nigeria

Joshua Project has identified the Utugwang only in Nigeria





Largest Religion

Main Language


Introduction / History

Originating from Uturu in Benue State, the Utugwang [afe] people traveled south and now reside in Obudu local government area of Cross River State, Nigeria. There are four different dialects in this area: Utugwang, Mgbenege, Okworogung, and Ukwortung. Utugwang, means "Let's come together," and is the name used by the people themselves to identify this whole group.
Many members of the community are civil servants or small business owners. Some make baskets and woven mats, but most are farmers. The major crops of this area include yams, groundnuts, cassava, and rice.

Although there are villages with a high percentage of Christians, many Utugwang people fear witchcraft and evil spirits. Some people protect themselves by consulting oracles in the forest and using a talisman while others go to the church for prayer. One pastor boldly stated, "God is the only Protector. We depend on God for our protection." Between 65 and 90 state that they are Christians. Most others tend to follow traditional religious practices. For the most part, church attendance is very high and heart response to the Gospel is growing gradually.

Their language has no written form which means that there is no Bible or even portions of Scripture available for them to read in their heart language. No videos, recordings or films are in existence either. A language development project in Utugwang would give these people access to the Word of God in the language they understand best.

Multilingualism amongst the Utugwang people is high. The language of instruction is English, however the vernacular is used in the lower primary classes. The Utugwang speak Nigerian Pidgin English, Standard English, and the vernacular, but most feel strongly that their own language is superior to English and Pidgin. Although there are many churches and local pastors, the people express their desire for outside assistance from cross-cultural missionaries. They would like support with Bible translation, seminary training, Bible teaching, evangelism as well as help with medical care and training.

Prayer Points

* Pray for a Bible translation project in the language they understand best.
* Pray for unity among church members and the salvation of souls.
* Pray that the people would be free of the fear of witchcraft and evil spirits.
* Pray for help meeting their financial needs in the various church building projects in process.
* Pray that the people would continue to respond to the Gospel.

Profile Source:   Anonymous  

Expanded PDF Profile

People Name General Utugwang
People Name in Country Utugwang, East Mbube
Population in Nigeria 78,000
World Population 78,000
Countries 1
Progress Scale 3.2
Least-Reached No
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names East Mbube
Affinity Bloc Sub-Saharan Peoples
People Cluster Benue
People Name General Utugwang
Ethnic Code NAB56b
People ID 15752
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, Obudu and Ogoja LGAs.   Source:  Ethnologue 2010
Languages & Dialects on file:  1  (up to 20 largest shown)
Utugwang-Irungene-Afrike (78,000)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Utugwang-Irungene-Afrike 78,000
For Primary Language: Utugwang-Irungene-Afrike

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 10.00 %)
90.00 %
Ethnic Religions
10.00 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %

Christian Segments Percent
0.0 %
40.0 %
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
30.0 %
Roman Catholic
30.0 %
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Map Source: Anonymous  
Profile Source: Anonymous  
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