Deaf in Nigeria

Main Language
Largest Religion
Progress Gauge

15 and Learning to Speak


Introduction / History

Deafness is a serious disability and exacts a heavy toll for individuals, families, communities and countries. Nigeria is the most populous country in Africa and is roughly divided in half between Christians who live in the South and Central parts and Muslims who occupy the North. There are about one million Deafpeople living throughout the country.

There are several Deafschools in Nigeria. These schools are usually boarding schools and are frequently supported by the government. However, because parents see their Deafchildren as a shame on the family, they are often prevented from attending. Deaf children are often seen as cursed or demon possessed. Less than 40% of Nigeria's Deafchildren are enrolled in primary school and even fewer are allowed to continue to secondary school.

Most teachers in the schools for the Deafin Nigeria do not know or understand Nigerian Sign Language. The schools follow the 'oral method' of attempting to teach Deafchildren to speak and lip-read the spoken language – English. Consequently, the Deafin Nigeria rarely develop good reading skills and are unable to adequately access the truths of God's Word.

There are many hearing churches who have reached out to the Deaf community by using interpreters in their worship services. However, the interpreters are usually untrained and unskilled in the interpreting process and the Deafare left on the outside, only able to watch the worship take place, but unable to join in or fully understand what is being done and said around them. In the South and Central states there are about 30 Deaf led churches.

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People Name General Deaf
People Name in Country Deaf
Population in Nigeria 0
World Population Unknown
Total Countries 216
Indigenous Yes
Unreached No
Progress Scale 5
GSEC 3  (per
Alternate Names
People ID 19007
ROP3 Code 114916
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)
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)

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Primary Language:  Nigerian Sign Language

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes   (2014)
Bible-New Testament No
Bible-Complete No
Bible-NT Audio Online
Possible Print Bibles
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Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Online New Testament (FCBH)
Text / Printed Matter Door International
Primary Religion: Christianity
Religion Subdivision: Other / Marginal
Major Religion Percent *
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 30.80 %)
52.00 %
Ethnic Religions
3.00 %
0.00 %
45.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %
Christian Segments Percent
10.0 %
15.0 %
0.0 %
Other Christian
30.0 %
30.0 %
Roman Catholic
15.0 %
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