Marghi, West in Nigeria

The Marghi, West have only been reported in Nigeria
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Introduction / History

According to some records, the Marghi (or Marghi) were in Yemen together with some tribes such as the Bura, Kilba, Kanakuru, Mandara, Bolewa, Karekare, Ngamo, Ngizzim and Tera. At a later stage, due to some certain frictions, these tribes were forced to leave Yemen for the Nile Valley, Sudan in Central Africa before coming to Lake Chad.

Other historical records indicate that parts of these tribes, especially the Margi, were settled in Kenya, while the majority of Margi migrated together with the other tribes mentioned to Lake Chad area before reaching some other places. The Margi people moved east and west to places such as: Benisheik, Mafoni, Old Maiduguri, Konduga, Mulgwi, Damboa, Gujba, Kaga, Madubu, Izge, part of Biu area, Bazza, Wamdeo, Gaya (part of Kilba area), Betso, Gulak, Uba, Mayo Bani, Shuwa, Lassa, Dille, Ngurthlavu, Mussa, Huyim, etc.

One historical record (Fra Mauro's map 1459) first has Margi as a distinct ethnic group, when Ibn Fartua described Idris Aloma's military campaign agaisnt the Sao, Margi, Gamergu, Mandara of Kerewa between 1564-1576. According to Ibn Fartua the Margi were identified as having four different groups:

1. Margi Putai - who are in the west (Venghan 1970) within Damboa, Chibok, etc.
2. Margi Babal - are on the plains and are historically linked to Izge, Mulgwi, Gamergu and Lamang
3. Margi Udzur'Ngu - are the hill Margi (Gulak, Madagali, Shuwa, Dzuyel, Maiva, etc.) who have historically been linked to Sukur, Gudur, Hug Gi, Waga, Tur and Fali.
4. Margi Titim - which was later known as Margi Dzakwa or Margi South (Wamdeo, Uvu, Uba , Mishara, Betsu, Hildi and Muva).

The Margi babal and Margi Udzur'ngu have very similar language with ignorable dialectic differences. Generally the cultures are similar with perhaps differences as a result of the introduction of Christianity with the Christian culture and Islam with Islamic culture. They call God 'Iju'. The Margi Putai who are largely located in Chibok and Damboa local governmentt areas remain distinct from the others. Their language is largely different while the Kanuri culture has had significant influence on their way of life. They call God 'Tambi'. The Margi Tittim or Dzakwa, on the other hand, shares some similarities with Kilba people in the southern part of Margi land. They call God 'Hyel'. Other historical records indicate that Margi native authority office was first opened in Wamdeo with the office of the District Office before it was later moved to Uba.


Where Are they Located?

Borno, Adamawa and Gombe Cameroon; Chad


What Are Their Lives Like?

1. They like to respect others and to be respected by others.
2. They like to be educated at all circumstances.
3. They like military jobs.
4. They are industrious people because they are farmers and fishermen.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The religion of the Marghi is split between traditional beliefs, Christianity and Islam.


Prayer Points

* Scripture Prayers for the Marghi, West in Nigeria.


References

Wikipedia the encyclopedia
Margi Bible
Margi English translations
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Profile Source:   Anonymous  

People Name General Marghi, West
People Name in Country Marghi, West
World Population 270,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
GSEC 1  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 5
Alternate Names Putai; West Marghi
People ID 15922
ROP3 Code 110763
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 Borno state: Akira-Uba, Chibok, Hawul, Biu, Damboa, Konduga, and Kaga LGAs; Adamawa state: Michika and Madagali LGAs.   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 Borno state: Akira-Uba, Chibok, Hawul, Biu, Damboa, Konduga, and Kaga LGAs; Adamawa state: Michika and Madagali LGAs..   Source:  Ethnologue 2016

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Primary Language Kanuri, Yerwa
Language Code knc   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 2
Secondary Languages
Putai
Primary Language Kanuri, Yerwa
Language Code knc   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 2
Secondary Languages
  Putai
People Groups Speaking Kanuri, Yerwa

Primary Language:  Kanuri, Yerwa

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1949)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1997)
Bible-Complete No
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Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio Recordings Online New Testament (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Kanuri, Central
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religion Percent
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
100.00 %
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 %
Photo Source Anonymous 
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