Maguzawa in Nigeria

Joshua Project has identified the Maguzawa only in Nigeria

Population

167,000

Christian

2.0%

Evangelical

0.30%

Largest Religion

Main Language

Progress


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Introduction / History

The Maguzawas are a Hausa tribe located in northern Nigeria, primarily in Kano and Katsina states and particularly in the rural areas surrounding the capital cities which bear the same names as those states.


What are Their Lives Like?

They are predominantly farmers. When not engaged in farming during the dry season, they subsidize their income in other ways. The women often trade for necessary items. There exists a strong distinction between them and their Hausa counterparts in the city who are better educated and who strongly follow Islam.

The community is ruled by "sarki", or leaders who are over several important areas of their lives: the head of farming, the head of the pagans and the head of the bush.

The Maguzawa are often mistreated by those who are better educated and are heavily influenced by Muslim outsiders and the government. Though they do not accept strangers readily, they are a peaceable people.

Men marry multiple wives and girls may marry at a young age, as young as 13. Many of these marriages are forced and lead to a very high divorce rate. There is also pressure from Muslims for the women to marry Muslim men.

An alcoholic beverage known as "burukutu" is consumed heavily and used in all their ceremonies. The rate of alcoholism is very high. In fact, the "head of the pagans" is usually the best burukutu drinker of the community.


What are Their Beliefs?

Though heavily influenced by Islam, they hold to their pre-Islamic practices. They believe in thousands of spirits or "iskoki." There are about 3,000 in their pantheon of spirits. They pour wine and animal blood over stone altars, invoking these spirits and the spirits of their ancestors to protect them and to prosper their harvests.


What are Their Needs?

The missionaries working among the Maguzawa struggle to have a place in which to worship, especially since the Muslim authorities often prevent or destroy their meeting places.


Prayer Points

* Pray for a place for the Maguzawa believers to worship in.
* Pray for their medical needs and for the missionaries to have the supplies needed to treat them.
* Pray for discipleship that helps the believers make a break with those traditions that are empty following of useless spirits.

References

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maguzawa_Hausa_people
http://goo.gl/3S2Kq
Jerome H. Barkow. "Muslims and Maguzawa in North Central State, Nigeria: An Ethnographic Comparison." Canadian Journal of African Studies / Revue Canadienne des √Čtudes Africaines VII, no. 1 (1973): 59



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Country Nigeria
Continent Africa
Region West and Central Africa
10/40 Window Yes
Location in Country Sokoto, Kaduna, Katsina, Kano, Bauchi, Jigawa, Zamfara, Kebbi, and Gombe states. Spoken as L2 in north
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People Name General Maguzawa
People Name in Country Maguzawa
ROP3 Code 114629
Joshua Project People ID 18835
Indigenous Yes
Population in Nigeria 167,000
Least-Reached Yes
Alternate Names for People Group
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Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Hausa 166,540
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Affinity Bloc Sub-Saharan Peoples
People Cluster Hausa
People Name General Maguzawa
Ethnic Code NAB60a
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Largest Religion Ethnic Religions
Buddhism
0.00%
Christianity
2.0%    ( Evangelical  0.30% )
Ethnic Religions
70.00%
Hinduism
0.00%
Islam
28.00%
Non-Religious
0.00%
Other / Small
0.00%
Unknown
0.00%
Christian Segments
Anglican
15.00%
Independent
40.00%
Protestant
30.00%
Orthodox
0.00%
Other Christian
0.00%
Roman Catholic
15.00%
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