Wagga in Nigeria

Joshua Project has identified the Wagga only in Nigeria





Largest Religion

Main Language


Introduction / History

The Waja people live on mountains and plains near the Gongola River Basin. They are mostly farmers producing peanuts, cotton, sorghum, millet, cowpeas, cassava, beans, onions and tobacco. Some keep cattle, goats, sheep, horses and donkeys. Others are skilled weavers and dyers of cotton cloth. The discovery of limestone deposits led to building a cement factory nearby creating another income source for them.

What Are Their Beliefs?

The traditional African Religion has become less dominant in recent years. When the "Jesus" film was shown to the Waja people they were shocked to hear their language coming from the screen! The film gave the Waja speakers a taste of Scripture in their mother tongue. Now they are eager for the rest of the Bible.

Believers are using the Gospel of Luke and other Scripture portions they now have in their language to share the message. They are determined to make more of God's Word available. This will be used not only in the churches for services, but to address social issues like materialism, substance abuse and health concerns like HIV/AIDs.

Profile Source:   Anonymous  

Expanded PDF Profile

People Name General Wagga
People Name in Country Wagga
Population in Nigeria 128,000
World Population 128,000
Countries 1
Progress Scale 3.1
Least-Reached No
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Wuya
Affinity Bloc Sub-Saharan Peoples
People Cluster Adamawa-Ubangi
People Name General Wagga
Ethnic Code NAB66c
People ID 15829
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 Gombe state, Balanga, Akko, Yamaltu Deba LGAs; Adamawa state, northern Michika LGA; Borno state, Gwoza LGA; Taraba state, Bali LGA.   Source:  Ethnologue 2010
Languages & Dialects on file:  1  (up to 20 largest shown)
Waja (128,000)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Waja 128,000
For Primary Language: Waja

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1926-1935)
New Testament No
Complete Bible No
Resource Format
Audio Bible teaching (GRN) Audio Recordings
Jesus Film: view in Waja Film / Video
Primary Religion: Ethnic Religions

Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 2.50 %)
12.50 %
Ethnic Religions
67.50 %
0.00 %
20.00 %
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  
Data Sources: Data is compiled from various sources. Read more

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