Ham in Nigeria

The Ham have only been reported in Nigeria
Population
174,000
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge

Introduction / History

The Gurara River and several seasonal streams thread through the Nigerian valley where these Ham people live. Their language, called Hyam, is spoken in more than 100 villages and 27 districts.


What Are Their Lives Like?

The river supports their robust agricultural lifestyle. Ever since the British introduced ginger plants during colonial days, Hyam speakers have raised it as a cash crop. In addition, personal staples on their farms include rice, guinea corn, millet and cocoyam.


What Are Their Beliefs?

Hyam speakers, who are mostly Christians, generally live in peace, sharing their lands with several other groups. This includes some major language speakers who practice another religion.

Christianity came to the area in the early 1900s. Today, about 80 percent of Hyam speakers are believers, and they exhibit a strong faith. But until now, God's Word has not been available to them in a form that is easily understandable. It's only in English or Hausa, the regional language. Another problem, especially in the rural areas, many don't understand or use either language well

When the Hyam people understand God's Word, they will easily be able to apply it to their daily lives. They will better understand Christian assurance and realize that obedience is a result of salvation, rather than a condition for salvation. Young people will understand the biblical nature and consequences of immorality in God's eyes. More important, they'll recognize Christ's power to help them. Hyam Christians will also have the tools they need for effective outreach.


Profile Source:   Anonymous  
Expanded PDF Profile

People Name General Ham
People Name in Country Ham
Population in Nigeria 174,000
World Population 174,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Unreached No
Progress Scale 5
GSEC 6  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Alternate Names Hum, Jaba, Jabba, Sambam
People ID 12165
ROP3 Code 103930
Country Nigeria
Region West and Central Africa
Continent Africa
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 12  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Location in Country Kaduna state: Kachia and Jema’a LGAs.   Source:  Ethnologue 2016
Country Nigeria
Region West and Central Africa
Continent Africa
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 12  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Location in Country Kaduna state: Kachia and Jema’a LGAs..   Source:  Ethnologue 2016
Primary Language Hyam (174,000 speakers)
Language Code jab   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Hyam
Primary Language Hyam (174,000 speakers)
Language Code jab   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Hyam

Primary Language:  Hyam

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes   (1921-1923)
Bible-New Testament Yes   (2017)
Bible-Complete No
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon National Bible Societies
Forum of Bible Agencies World Bible Finder
Gospel Go World Bibles
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Hyam
Primary Religion: Christianity
Religion Subdivision: Independent
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 75.00 %)
85.00 %
Ethnic Religions
15.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Christian Segments Percent
Anglican
15.0 %
Independent
60.0 %
Orthodox
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
Protestant
25.0 %
Roman Catholic
0.0 %
Map Source Anonymous  
Profile Source Anonymous  
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