Dirya in Nigeria

The Dirya have only been reported in Nigeria
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Introduction / History

The Choogen-Dirya have the same language and culture with different identities probably due to their different locations. Both groups consented to joint identity, hence “Choogen-Dirya.”


Where Are they Located?

They are found along the boundaries of Bauchi and Jigawa States. While the Choogen are within Bauchi State boundary, the Dirya communities fall within the Jigawa State boundary. The Choogen and Dirya both migrated from Borno and settled at their present locations. They estimated their ethnic population at about 70,000.


What Are Their Lives Like?

In the past the Choogen and Dirya used to gather separately in Tsagu and Laya respectively for their cultural festivals, but they have since ceased from doing this, especially because of their devotion to Islam. The people are subsistence farmers. They primarily cultivate guinea corn alongside groundnut, beans, millet and beni-seed. Some of them are involved in cattle rearing.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The Choogen-Dirya are 75% Muslims and 25% Christians. The church denomination serving among them is the Evangelical Church Winning All (ECWA), which can only be found among the Choogen. While among the Dirya there is no church or Christians. There is no request for Bible translation in the language.

There is a low population of Choogen-Dirya Christian. No Scripture in the mother tongue and low levels of literacy in the mother tongue also. Few of the Choogen-Dirya have responded to the gospel, but they are still nominal Christians. Church growth in the area appears to be stable.


What Are Their Needs?

The Choogen-Dirya lack adequate basic amenities. However, they have a primary and a junior secondary school, markets and health clinic in some of their villages. They mostly use motorcycles as means of transportation. They also use vehicles and bicycles.


Prayer Points

Pray for supernatural moves of God amongst the Choogen-Dirya people.
Pray for the Choogen-Dirya people to thirst for God’s living water.
Pray for a church to be planted amongst the Dirya.


Scripture Prayers for the Dirya in Nigeria.


Profile Source:   Anonymous  

People Name General Dirya
People Name in Country Dirya
Population this Country 13,000
Population all Countries 13,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 2
Unreached No
Frontier People Group No
GSEC 1  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed
Alternate Names Diriyawa; Sago
People ID 11570
ROP3 Code 102630
Country Nigeria
Region Africa, West and Central
Continent Africa
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 7  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Location in Country Bauchi state: Ningi and Darazo LGAs.   Source:  Ethnologue 2016
Country Nigeria
Region Africa, West and Central
Continent Africa
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 7  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Location in Country Bauchi state: Ningi and Darazo LGAs..   Source:  Ethnologue 2016

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Primary Language Diri (13,000 speakers)
Language Code dwa   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Unknown
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Diri (13,000 speakers)
Language Code dwa   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Diri

Primary Language:  Diri

Bible Translation Status:  Unspecified

Resource Type Resource Name Source
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching Global Recordings Network
Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religion Percent
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.50 %)
6.00 %
Ethnic Religions
20.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
74.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Christian Segments Percent
Anglican
0.0 %
Independent
20.0 %
Orthodox
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
Protestant
20.0 %
Roman Catholic
60.0 %
Photo Source Anonymous 
Profile Source Anonymous  
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