Fali of Jibu, Ziziliveken in Nigeria


Population
7,200
Christian
Evangelical
Largest Religion
Main Language
Progress
Progress Gauge

Introduction / History

The Zhilvu (also spelled Jilvu) people along with the Kəryə, Konzəl, Madzara, Vin, Huli, Ɓwin, and Menta are part of the Fali people in Adamawa State, Nigeria. Although there are several languages spoken amongst these groups, all of the people consider themselves to be the Fali people socially and culturally. Most Zhilvu have learned to understand the Madzara and Ɓwin, though their young children still have difficulty understanding them. Unlike the other Fali people, the Zhilvu report that they did not originate from Bagira (Ɓwin) or Cameroon. The elders say that they have always lived in the very same hills that they live in today.

The Zhilvu farm in the hills of Adamawa State and follow a more traditional way of life. They are known for building stone embankments on the mountain sides for terrace farming. Major crops include guinea corn, maize, ground nuts, bambara nuts and beans.

While most schooling is conducted in English, sometimes Hausa, the language of wider communication in the area. One teacher says that given the opportunity, he would like to teach in the local language. He says that it would help the children to better understand what they are learning.


What Are Their Beliefs?

They report that they would be eager to have the Bible in their own language because although many speak Hausa, there are still some that do not. Having the Word of God in Zhilvu would mean that all the people in their villages would have access to the Bible. The gospel of Luke has been drafted, checked by consultant and is being prepared for publication.


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People Name General Fali of Jilbu
People Name in Country Fali of Jibu, Ziziliveken
Population in Nigeria 7,200
World Population 7,500
Total Countries 2
Indigenous Yes
Unreached No
Progress Scale 4
Alternate Names Amziriv, Ziliva, Ziziliveken
People ID 11182
ROP3 Code 102990
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 North LGA, Jilvu town, near Cameroon border.   Source:  Ethnologue 2016
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 North LGA, Jilvu town, near Cameroon border..   Source:  Ethnologue 2016

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Primary Language: Zizilivakan (7,200 speakers)   People group listing
Language Code: ziz   Ethnologue Listing
Written: Unknown
Total Languages: 1
Primary Language: Zizilivakan (7,200 speakers)   People group listing
Language Code: ziz   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
Primary Language: Zizilivakan

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions No
New Testament No
Complete Bible No
Resource Type Resource Name
None reported  
Primary Religion: Islam

Major Religion Percent
Buddhism
25.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 5.00 %)
12.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
63.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Christian Segments Percent
Anglican
Unknown
Independent
Unknown
Orthodox
Unknown
Other Christian
Unknown
Protestant
Unknown
Roman Catholic
Unknown
Profile Source: Anonymous  
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