Deaf in Nigeria





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Introduction / History

Deafness is a serious disability and exacts a heavy toll for individuals, families, communities and countries. Nigeria is the most populous country in Africa and is roughly divided in half between Christians who live in the South and Central parts and Muslims who occupy the North. There are about one million deaf people living throughout the country.

There are several deaf schools in Nigeria. These schools are usually boarding schools and are frequently supported by the government. However, because parents see their deaf children as a shame on the family, they are often prevented from attending. Deaf children are often seen as cursed or demon possessed. Less than 40% of Nigeria's deaf children are enrolled in primary school and even fewer are allowed to continue to secondary school.

Most teachers in the schools for the deaf in Nigeria do not know or understand Nigerian Sign Language. The schools follow the 'oral method' of attempting to teach deaf children to speak and lip-read the spoken language – English. Consequently, the deaf in Nigeria rarely develop good reading skills and are unable to adequately access the truths of God's Word.

There are many hearing churches who have reached out to the Deaf community by using interpreters in their worship services. However, the interpreters are usually untrained and unskilled in the interpreting process and the deaf are left on the outside, only able to watch the worship take place, but unable to join in or fully understand what is being done and said around them. In the South and Central states there are about 30 Deaf led churches.

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People Name General Deaf
People Name in Country Deaf
Population in Nigeria 0
World Population Unknown
Countries 216
Progress Scale 3.2
Least-Reached No
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names
Affinity Bloc Deaf
People Cluster Deaf
People Name General Deaf
Ethnic Code
People ID 19007
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)

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Enthologue Language Map

Ethnolinguistic map from University of Texas or other map

Languages & Dialects on file:  2  (up to 20 largest shown)
Hausa Sign Language Nigerian Sign Language
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Hausa Sign Language Nigerian Sign Language
For Primary Language: Nigerian Sign Language

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions No
New Testament No
Complete Bible No
Audio Bible Online
Resource Format
Door International Text / Printed Matter
Online New Testament (FCBH) Audio Recordings
Primary Religion: Christianity
Religion Subdivision: Other / Marginal

Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 30.80 %)
52.00 %
Ethnic Religions
3.00 %
0.00 %
45.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %

Christian Segments Percent
10.0 %
15.0 %
0.0 %
Other Christian
30.0 %
30.0 %
Roman Catholic
15.0 %
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