Fali, Vimtim in Nigeria

Joshua Project has identified the Fali, Vimtim only in Nigeria
Population
30,000
Christian
Evangelical
Largest Religion
Main Language
Progress
Progress Gauge

Introduction / History

The Fali of Mubi, along with other Fali sub-groups, are located in Mubi LGA of Adamawa State, Nigeria. What makes all Fali one, even though they speak different languages, is their culture, in particular that they share the same initiation.
The Fali of Mubi include the Vin, Madzara (Muchalla), Bwin, and Huli peoples. They claim to have come "from the east", from Chad, and even as far as from Sudan. Their elders say that they all settled in Bagira, the current location of Bwin, and later moved down from the hills and spread throughout the region.

The Fali of Mubi marry largely within their own sub-group, and some from other Fali sub-groups. Only a minority of the Fali wives comes from neighbouring groups, and the children of these marriages learn to speak Fali as their first language. Thus the Fali language remains strong even in present times of widely spread Hausa bilingualism. Some generations, especially the oldest one, can still speak and understand Fulfulde, a language which was once the predominant trade language in the area.
There are presently no significant works of existing literature in Fali and regular radio programmes that would cause one variety of Fali to be more prestigious than another. However, this has not stopped some people from attempting to write their own variety, for example there are some songs in Huli. Having a Bible in Fali would be another great step towards developing the language in order to keep it alive.

People are eager to get involved in a Bible translation project. As one local clergy put it: "The use of the local language in the church is the best thing that can happen to a church." Even though Hausa is a popular language, Bible translation is still needed because all people, both old and young, understand Fali. Some churches use the Hausa Bible only because they have no other option: "If you don't have your own father, you can call somebody else your father. Likewise, in the absence of our own Bible, we use the Hausa one." The gospel of Luke has been drafted, checked by a consultant and is being prepared for publication. Also, the translation team for Muchalla (Muchalla is the reference dialect for the southern dialect groups) is hoping to conclude the checking of the Jesus Film Script in 2015.


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People Name General Fali, Vimtim
People Name in Country Fali, Vimtim
Population in Nigeria 30,000
World Population 30,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Least-Reached No
Progress Scale 4
GSEC 6  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Alternate Names Bana, Baza, Guili, Mizeran
People ID 11181
Country Nigeria
Region West and Central Africa
Continent Africa
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 12  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Location in Country Adamawa state, Mubi and Michika LGAs. 4 principal villages.   Source:  Ethnologue 2010
Country Nigeria
Region West and Central Africa
Continent Africa
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 12  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Location in Country Adamawa state, Mubi and Michika LGAs. 4 principal villages.   Source:  Ethnologue 2010
Primary Language: Fali   People group listing
Language Code: fli   Ethnologue Listing
Written: Unknown
Total Languages: 1
Primary Language: Fali   People group listing
Language Code: fli   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
Primary Language: Fali

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions No
New Testament No
Complete Bible No
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Primary Religion: Ethnic Religions

Major Religion Percent
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 3.00 %)
10.00 %
Ethnic Religions
90.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Christian Segments Percent
Anglican
30.0 %
Independent
0.0 %
Orthodox
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
Protestant
0.0 %
Roman Catholic
70.0 %
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