Vemgo-Mabas, Visik in Nigeria


Population
18,000
Christian
Evangelical
Largest Religion
Main Language
Progress
Progress Gauge

Introduction / History

The Vemgo-Mabas people live in northeastern Nigeria and northern Cameroon. Historically they fled to the hills to resist the Fulani Islamic wars. Today, some of them have become Muslim and wear traditional Islamic dress. The majority, however, are split between traditional religious beliefs that they have held for centuries and Christianity which has come through missionary efforts in the last seventy years.

Most of the Vemgo-Mabas are farmers. They raise peanuts, maize, and millet on hillside terraces. A man's work includes farming, crafting leather, making baskets, spinning, weaving, and building. Women make clay objects, train the small children, prepare the meals, and do other household activities.

Most Vemgo-Mabas believe in a single god. They say that he is the creator of all things and keeps his creation in order. They believe that this god only intervenes with his creation when order has been disturbed. The Vemgo-Mabas do not pray to this god, but rather to their ancestors, who they believe will intercede on their behalf. They believe that the Earth is the "mother goddess" who has birthed all other supernatural beings, including thunder, lightning, black snakes, crocodiles, and certain inanimate objects.

Although the Vemgo-Mabas have shown some interest in Christian teachings, only a small percentage have accepted Jesus as Savior. A few of the ethnic groups in the area are being targeted by mission agencies; others have no missionaries working among them. The Vemgo-Mabas have no portions of the Bible in their language. Currently, no Christian radio or television broadcasts are being aired in their language either. Most have never heard a clear presentation of the Gospel. Additional laborers, evangelistic materials, and Bible translation are needed. They need to know that the Creator is not an impersonal god, rather, He is a loving Savior who cares for them and wants them freed from slavery to the spirits through fear.


Profile Source:   Anonymous  

People Name General Vemgo-Mabas
People Name in Country Vemgo-Mabas, Visik
Population in Nigeria 18,000
World Population 31,000
Total Countries 2
Indigenous Yes
Least-Reached Yes
Progress Scale 1
GSEC 2  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Alternate Names Mabas
People ID 13173
ROP3 Code 105952
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: Michika LGA, Madagali district.   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: Michika LGA, Madagali district..   Source:  Ethnologue 2016
Primary Language: Vemgo-Mabas (18,000 speakers)   People group listing
Language Code: vem   Ethnologue Listing
Written: Unknown
Total Languages: 1
Primary Language: Vemgo-Mabas (18,000 speakers)   People group listing
Language Code: vem   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
Primary Language: Vemgo-Mabas

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 1.50 %)
5.00 %
Ethnic Religions
75.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
20.00 %
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
60.0 %
Roman Catholic
20.0 %
Photo Source: Anonymous  
Map Source: Joshua Project / Global Mapping International  
Profile Source: Anonymous  
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