Boko in Nigeria


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Introduction / History

The Boko people are an ethnic group native to the Diffa region of southeastern Nigeria and Benin. They are also known as Bokonya.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Most are pastoralists and farmers; peanuts, sorghum and millet are their primary crops.
The Boko people have their own art forms which involve music, dance, storytelling, and art.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The Boko people adhere to their traditional religion. They must appease spirits, some of which they believe are associate with their ancestors. There is also a small Christian minority among them, including Evangelicals.


What Are Their Needs?

They face serious challenges. They lack adequate schools and hospitals. Most of them are poor, and some have let their homeland in a desperate attempt to make a living. Their migration as affected the social structure. There are efforts to improve these situations.


Prayer Points

Pray for the few Bible believers among the Boko to take Christ to their animistic neighbors and families.
Pray for a spiritual hunger that will drive them into the loving arms of Jesus Christ.
Pray for the Boko people to be part of a spiritual revival that sweeps Nigeria into the Kingdom of God.
Pray for miracles that will show the power and goodness of Christ.


Scripture Prayers for the Boko, Bokonya in Nigeria.


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Boko, Bokonya
People Name in Country Boko, Bokonya
Natural Name Boko
Alternate Names Bokonya; Boo; Busa; Busa-Boko; Iboko
Population this Country 69,000
Population all Countries 214,000
Total Countries 2
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group No
GSEC 1  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
People ID 10907
ROP3 Code 101551
ROP25 Code 301515
ROP25 Name Busa-Boko
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 Niger state: Borgu LGA; Kebbi state: Bagudo LGA, Senji north to Kenugbe, Kaoje, and Demmo, 35 villages; possibly some in Kwara state.   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 Niger state: Borgu LGA; Kebbi state: Bagudo LGA, Senji north to Kenugbe, Kaoje, and Demmo, 35 villages; possibly some in Kwara state..   Source:  Ethnologue 2016
Map of Boko, Bokonya in Nigeria Ethnolinguistic map or other map

Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religion Percent
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 2.00 %)
3.00 %
Ethnic Religions
2.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
95.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Primary Language Boko (Benin)
Language Code bqc   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 3
Secondary Languages
Bisa Hausa
Primary Language Boko (Benin)
Language Code bqc   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 3
Secondary Languages
  Bisa
  Hausa
People Groups Speaking Boko (Benin)
Map Source People Group location: IMB. Map geography: ESRI / GMI. Map design: Joshua Project.  
Profile Source Joshua Project 
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Learn more.



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