Yako, Ugep in Nigeria

Joshua Project has identified the Yako only in Nigeria





Largest Religion

Main Language


Introduction / History

The Yakạạ people speak the Lokạạ language. Traditionally, Yakạạ people settled in southern Nigeria more than five centuries ago. Eight large independent communities exist — unlike neighboring ethnic groups that live in multiple smaller villages. Some Yakạạ are highly educated and hold important positions in major towns throughout Nigeria's 36 states; many have key government roles.

Most Lokạạ speakers live off rainforests and fertile land, tending yam and cassava farms. Families also hunt and fish for food. Rubber trees, palm trees and pineapple plantations produce valuable cash crops. Seasonal fruits include mangoes, oranges, bananas and guavas.

However, many younger people move to towns, eager for well-paid civil service jobs. The society divides along generational lines; age is the primary factor of Yakạạ prestige. Religious festivals for planting and harvesting are highly celebrated

What Are Their Beliefs?

Christianity came to the Yakạạ area in 1911, through the witness of Christians traveling up the Cross River from Calabar. Presbyterians have celebrated 100 years of service here! But despite a long spiritual history, there remains a great need for understandable biblical teaching in the Lokạạ mother tongue, especially in rural areas.

Profile Source:   Anonymous  

Expanded PDF Profile

People Name General Yako
People Name in Country Yako, Ugep
Population in Nigeria 206,000
World Population 206,000
Countries 1
Progress Scale 3.2
Least-Reached No
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Loko, Ugep
Affinity Bloc Sub-Saharan Peoples
People Cluster Benue
People Name General Yako
Ethnic Code NAB56b
People ID 15959
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, Obubra LGA.   Source:  Ethnologue 2010
Languages & Dialects on file:  1  (up to 20 largest shown)
Lokaa: Ugep (206,000)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Lokaa: Ugep 206,000
For Primary Language: Lokaa

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1967-1984)
New Testament Yes   (2006)
Complete Bible No
Audio Bible Online
Resource Format
Audio Bible teaching (GRN) Audio Recordings
Jesus Film: view in Lokaa Film / Video
Online New Testament (FCBH) Audio Recordings
Primary Religion: Christianity
Religion Subdivision: Independent

Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 32.00 %)
95.00 %
Ethnic Religions
5.00 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %

Christian Segments Percent
0.0 %
80.0 %
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
20.0 %
Roman Catholic
0.0 %
Map Source: Anonymous  
Profile Source: Anonymous  
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