The Mambila (also called Mambilla) are a people who live on Nigeria’s side of the Nigerian-Cameroon border. Their ancestors moved to their present location thousands of years ago.
Living in a wet and fertile land, the Mambila are farmers. They raise goats, chickens and cattle. Mambila farmers grow grains, bananas, yams, peanuts, and peppers. Men and women share the same farming duties, including clearing the land, planting and harvesting. Only the men weave cotton and work as blacksmiths or woodworkers. Their wood figurines are usually for religious and ritualistic purposes. Fathers teach their trade to their sons, but if he has no son, he teaches his daughter. Women take care of the children and make baskets. Children don’t work until they are 12.
Like many of their near neighbors, the Mambila are matrilineal, meaning the line of descent is through the wife’s family. Children “belong” to her family.
Some Mambila are Muslim while others are Christian, usually Baptist. No matter which major religion they adhere to, the Mambila also practice traditional religion. These practices involve witchcraft, divination and rituals. It is possible that they also worship their ancestors like many other African peoples.
The Mambila people need to put all their faith in Jesus Christ rather than the spirit world or the Islamic religious system.
Pray for the Lord to lead Mambila people to freeing faith in the only savior.
Pray for Mambila disciples to make more disciples, blessing entire families and communities.
Pray for a hunger for God’s truth and righteousness.
Scripture Prayers for the Mambila, Nigeria in Nigeria.
|Profile Source: Joshua Project|
|People Name General||Mambila, Nigeria|
|People Name in Country||Mambila, Nigeria|
|Natural Name||Nigerian Mambila|
|Alternate Names||Mambere; Nigerian Mambila|
|Population this Country||206,000|
|Population all Countries||206,000|
|Progress Scale||2 ●|
|Frontier People Group||No|
|GSEC||4 (per PeopleGroups.org)|
|Pioneer Workers Needed|
|Region||Africa, West and Central|
|National Bible Society||Website|
|Persecution Rank||6 (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)|
|Location in Country||Taraba state: Sardauna LGA, Mambila plateau. Source: Ethnologue 2016|
|Primary Language||Mambila, Nigeria (206,000 speakers)|
|Language Code||mzk Ethnologue Listing|
|Language Written||Yes ScriptSource Listing|
Primary Language: Mambila, Nigeria
|Bible Translation ▲||Status (Years)|
|Bible-New Testament||Yes (1977-2011)|
|Possible Print Bibles|
|Forum Bible Agencies|
|National Bible Societies|
|World Bible Finder|
|Resource Type ▲||Resource Name||Source|
|Audio Recordings||Audio Bible teaching||Global Recordings Network|
|Film / Video||Jesus Film: view in Mambila, Nigeria||Jesus Film Project|
|Film / Video||LUMO film of Gospels||Bible Media Group/LUMO|
|General||Faith Comes By Hearing - Bible in text, audio, video||Faith Comes by Hearing|
|General||Four Spiritual Laws||Campus Crusade for Christ|
|General||Gospel resources links||Scripture Earth|
|Mobile App||Download audio Bible app as APK file||Faith Comes by Hearing|
|Mobile App||Download audio Bible app from Google Play Store||Faith Comes by Hearing|
|Text / Printed Matter||Topical Scripture booklets and Bible studies||World Missionary Press|