Kyanga, Tyenga in Nigeria






Largest Religion

Main Language



The Kyanga in the Joshua Project database are confined to those who speak the Kyanga language. However, there is a large number of ethnic Kyanga who speak other languages. There may be as many as 200,000 ethnic Kyanga. Many are bi-lingual, especially with the Hausa language. There are four clans of Kyanga, which can be distinguished by body markings such as facial scars. Animism is the traditional religion and animal sacrifice, divination, black magic, demon possession and beer drinking were common in the past. However, in the past 70 years or so Islam has become the dominant religion.

Ministry Obstacles

The Kyanga people live in northwestern Nigeria, a region heavily populated by Muslim groups such as the Hausa. Resistance to the gospel is traditionally high in these areas.

Outreach Ideas

Nigeria has many evangelical Christians. Please pray for a missionary heart to continue to develop in these Christians, and for a vision to carry the gospel to Muslim people groups such as the Kyanga.

Pray for the Followers of Christ

There are few followers of Jesus today among the Kyanga people, but it's not too early to pray for those who will soon come to saving faith in Christ. They will need mature believers to help them become real disciples of Christ.

Pray for the Entire People Group

Pray the Muslim and animist Kyanga will be given a growing interest in Jesus. Pray especially for the Imams, that the Lord will draw them to the name of Isa Jesus as they study the Koran. Perhaps the Lord will give some visions or dreams of himself.

Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Kyanga, Tyenga
People Name in Country Kyanga, Tyenga
Population in Nigeria 8,200
World Population 10,000
Countries 2
Progress Scale 1.1
Least-Reached Yes
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Kyangawa
Affinity Bloc Sub-Saharan Peoples
People Cluster Mande
People Name General Kyanga, Tyenga
Ethnic Code NAB63z
People ID 19091
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 Kebbi state: Geshuru, Kaele, Saufu, and Tuni villages west of Illo; Boko villages of Maze, Samia, Baikinrua, Pisa..   Source:  Ethnologue 18

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Enthologue Language Map

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Languages & Dialects on file:  1  (up to 20 largest shown)
Kyanga (8,200)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Kyanga 8,200
For Primary Language: Kyanga

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Translation Need Questionable
Resource Format
None reported  
Primary Religion: Islam

Major Religion Percent
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Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
40.00 %
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60.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %

Christian Segments Percent
0.0 %
0.0 %
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
0.0 %
Roman Catholic
0.0 %
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