Barke in Nigeria

The Barke have only been reported in Nigeria
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Main Language
Largest Religion
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Introduction / History

The Barke live in one village called Burku, in the Miya District of Ganjuwa LGA in Bauchi State, Nigeria. Their neighbors include the Kariya, Ajawa, Choogen, Fulani, Deno, Jimbin, Warji and Miya.


What Are Their Lives Like?

The Barke people have a traditional chief called Mai-li-taffi, and he lives in their village. They also have an annual traditional festival called Gwarkwati. During the celebration, they play a traditional drum called Dangari to entertain themselves.

As farmers, the Burku cultivate primarily guinea corn, millet and groundnut.

They have primary and junior secondary schools and a market in their community. They lack health centers, pipe-borne water and electricity. Means of transportation in the area is mainly motorcycles because of their rough and bad roads.


What Are Their Beliefs?

Nearly half of them still practice their ethnic traditional religion; many are reported to be Muslims; some are Christians.


What Are Their Needs?

Cross cultural mission is needed among the people, including pastoral training, evangelism, discipleship, economic empowerment, literacy and education, agriculture and health and medical care.

No Scripture is translated to Mburku, their language. Literacy level in the mother-tongue is low. There have only been a few responses to the gospel and the growth of the churches is stable. Four church congregations are spreading the gospel of Christ in their community; the Gospel Life, Evangelical Church Winning All (ECWA), Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) and Deeper Life.


Prayer Points

Pray that the Burku people would grow in their desire for the word of God.
Pray for them to have a desire to have scripture in their own language.
Pray the Burku will one day sing songs of praise to Yahweh, their God and King.


Scripture Prayers for the Barke, Burkanawa in Nigeria.


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Barke
People Name in Country Barke, Burkanawa
Natural Name Barke
Alternate Names Burkanawa; Lipkawa
Population this Country 33,000
Population all Countries 33,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group No
GSEC 1  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
People ID 10691
ROP3 Code 101073
ROP25 Code 300905
ROP25 Name Barke
Country Nigeria
Region Africa, West and Central
Continent Africa
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 6  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Location in Country Bauchi state: Darazo, Rafi, and Shiroro LGAs.   Source:  Ethnologue 2016
Country Nigeria
Region Africa, West and Central
Continent Africa
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 6  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Location in Country Bauchi state: Darazo, Rafi, and Shiroro LGAs..   Source:  Ethnologue 2016
Primary Religion: Ethnic Religions
Major Religion Percent
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 1.00 %)
2.00 %
Ethnic Religions
70.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
28.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Primary Language Burku (33,000 speakers)
Language Code bbt   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Unknown
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Burku (33,000 speakers)
Language Code bbt   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Burku

Primary Language:  Burku

Bible Translation Status:  Translation Started

Resource Type Resource Name Source
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching Global Recordings Network
Photo Source Anonymous 
Map Source Joshua Project / Global Mapping International  
Profile Source Joshua Project 
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