Magdhi, Widala in Nigeria

The Magdhi have only been reported in Nigeria
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Introduction / History

The Magdhi or Widala are an agricultural people who live in east central Nigeria. They are a small group who may merge with larger peoples in the near future. The Magdhi language is endangered. No Christian resources are available in Magdhi. Young people prefer to speak the Hausa and English they learn in school. Unfortunately, many adult Magdhi are unable to read and write. The gospel will need to be presented to them in audio and visual forms.


Where Are they Located?

Among a number of people groups in Karen Lamido LGA of Taraba State in east central Nigeria are the Magdhi.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Illiteracy is high among the Magdhi. Their rural villages of the Magdhi people are poorly developed. If crops fail, the Magdhi can potentially experience starvation. They grow rice, yams, maize, millet, beans, and vegetables. Peanuts, kola nuts, and palm oil are cash crops which the Magdhi sell to buy things like cell phones and appliances. Village elders settle legal disputes and deal with outsiders. Most families also have chickens, a few goats and a cow to supplement their diets.

Most people groups in rural Nigeria like the Magdhi enjoy music, story telling and dance as a form of entertainment and communication. These art forms are very meaningful in rural Nigeria. Those who want to take the gospel to the Magdhi people would do well to use these art forms when presenting the gospel.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The Magdhi practice a mixture of Islam and traditional religion. They depend on the spirit world for their daily needs since they regard Allah as too distant. Allah may determine their eternal salvation, but the spirits determine how well we live in our daily lives. For that reason, they must appease the spirits. The often use charms and amulets to help them deal with spiritual forces. The Magdhi believe that spirits inhabit the objects of nature such as tree, rock, animals, rivers and the sky. Village shamans connect the Magdhi with the spirit world. The Magdhi live in fear of these evil spirits.


What Are Their Needs?

The Magdhi people need adequate rain for their crops and their livestock so they can live lives free of want and poverty. They need modern medical care and good schools that will help the next generation to thrive in a rapidly changing world. Solar panels can provide electricity to charge cell phones. Most of all, the Magdhi need to hear and understand the message of Jesus Christ. He alone can forgive their sins and deliver them from their fear of evil spirits.


Prayer Points

* Scripture Prayers for the Magdhi, Widala in Nigeria.

* Pray for the Lord to raise up a strong disciple making movement to saturate the hearts and minds of this people group.
* Pray for God's blessing, strengthening and healing of Magdhi families and communities within this people group through the abundant life Jesus offers to all who call on His name.
* Pray that the Lord sends Nigerian Christians to share the gospel with the Magdhi.
* Pray for the Lord to multiply the reception and influence of His Word among the Magdhi people leading them to love Him with their whole being.


References

Nigeria Evangelical Missions Association (NEMA)


Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

People Name General Magdhi
People Name in Country Magdhi, Widala
World Population 3,900
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Alternate Names Maghdi; Widala
People ID 13206
ROP3 Code 106010
Country Nigeria
Region Africa, West and Central
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 Taraba state: Karim Lamido LGA, part of the Widala.   Source:  Ethnologue 2016
Country Nigeria
Region Africa, West and Central
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 Taraba state: Karim Lamido LGA, part of the Widala..   Source:  Ethnologue 2016

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Primary Language Maghdi (3,900 speakers)
Language Code gmd   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Unknown
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Maghdi (3,900 speakers)
Language Code gmd   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Maghdi

Primary Language:  Maghdi

Bible Translation Status:  Translation Started

Resource Type Resource Name
None reported  
Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religion Percent
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.07 %
Ethnic Religions
49.93 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
50.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Christian Segments Percent
Anglican
0.0 %
Independent
0.0 %
Orthodox
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
Protestant
100.0 %
Roman Catholic
0.0 %
Profile Source Keith Carey  
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