Wase Jukun in Nigeria

The Wase Jukun have only been reported in Nigeria
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Introduction / History

The Wapha people can be found in three locations: Kumbur, Mavo and Wase-Tofa in Wase Local Government Area of Plateau State. The name "Wase" in Wapha may be the origin of their name. It means "drink the water and stay". They report their population to be around 15,000-20,000.

They trace their origin from the Middle East. They believe their ancestors migrated through Maiduguri and Kano separately to their present locations. Those who live in Mavo and Wase-Tofa say they traveled through Kano, whereas those at Kumbur say their ancestors traveled through Maiduguri.

The Wapha are bordered by the Tarok, Ywom, Montol, Mbat and Boghom speaking people, with whom they intermarry. The Fulani nomads as well as the Berom also live among them.

The title of the traditional ruler of the Wapha is called Aku. The people are farmers. They grow maize millet groundnut, guinea corn, yam, rice and beans. They celebrate an annual festival called Shiwo. It is a dance festival which celebrates the arrival of new harvest before it is brought into the house. Shiwo is observed for seven days.

There are both government and private secondary and primary schools in their communities. There are also primary health centers in all their towns, though the health center in Kumbur is non-functional. Their primary means of transportation is motorbike and cars.


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Profile Source:   Anonymous  

People Name General Jukun, Wase
People Name in Country Jukun, Wase
Natural Name Wase Jukun
Alternate Names Jukun Wase
Population this Country 3,300
Population all Countries 3,300
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 4
Unreached No
Frontier People Group No
Pioneer Workers Needed
People ID 15880
ROP3 Code 110709
ROP25 Code 308747
ROP25 Name Wase Jukun
Country Nigeria
Region Africa, West and Central
Continent Africa
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 6  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Location in Country Plateau state: Shendam, Wase LGA, Wase Tofa village; Langtang LGA, Kumbur village.   Source:  Ethnologue 2016
Country Nigeria
Region Africa, West and Central
Continent Africa
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 6  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Location in Country Plateau state: Shendam, Wase LGA, Wase Tofa village; Langtang LGA, Kumbur village..   Source:  Ethnologue 2016
Primary Religion: Ethnic Religions
Major Religion Percent
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 4.00 %)
20.00 %
Ethnic Religions
80.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Primary Language Wapha (3,300 speakers)
Language Code juw   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Unknown
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Wapha (3,300 speakers)
Language Code juw   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Wapha

Primary Language:  Wapha

Bible Translation Status:  Translation Started

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