Icen in Nigeria

Joshua Project has identified the Icen only in Nigeria





Largest Religion

Main Language


Introduction / History

The sub-Saharan Ichen people are farmers in northeastern Nigeria. They live off their land, but poverty plagues them. West Africans use herbs, palm oil and groundnut oil to create deeply flavored sauces and soups, often adding chili peppers. Aromatic market and roadside snacks are barbecued or deep-fried. Common foods include rice, tomatoes, onions, corn, spinach, peppers, beans and pumpkin, cooked with fish, goat or mutton.

The first Gospel exposure here was in 1909; many churches have grown since. Local churches and community leaders are highly motivated to complete a translation of the Scripture. The Ichen area was badly affected by violent attacks in recent years and has frequent ethnic tension. Nigeria, the most populous African country, has diverse customs, languages, and traditions among its almost 400 ethnic groups.

Half the Ichen people in northeastern Nigeria claim faith in Christ and want to share the hope of the Gospel. Believers also desire in-depth church teaching. Mother tongue Scripture will support evangelism, spiritual growth, and preserve their language. Ichen is related to nearby Berom and Izere languages, which have God's Word; computer adaptation from those will accelerate this translation.

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Expanded PDF Profile

People Name General Icen
People Name in Country Icen
Population in Nigeria 65,000
World Population 65,000
Countries 1
Progress Scale 3.2
Least-Reached No
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names
Affinity Bloc Sub-Saharan Peoples
People Cluster Benue
People Name General Icen
Ethnic Code NAB56b
People ID 19669
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 Plateau state, center: Duruk Kamang village, SE of Jos.   Source:  Ethnologue 2010
Languages & Dialects on file:  1  (up to 20 largest shown)
Cen (65,000)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Cen 65,000
For Primary Language: Cen

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (2012)
New Testament No
Complete Bible No
Resource Format
None reported  
Primary Religion: Christianity

Major Religion Percent
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Christianity  (Evangelical 30.00 %)
51.00 %
Ethnic Religions
49.00 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
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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