Domakawa in Nigeria

The Domakawa have only been reported in Nigeria
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Introduction / History

In Nigeria the Domakawa people are better known as the Damakawa. They are a small population of people who live in the northwestern region of the nation of Nigeria. Their primary languages are C’lela and Hausa. Bible portions, the JESUS Film and gospel recordings are available in C’lela.


Where Are they Located?

The Damakawa occupy three villages in Sakaba LGA of Kebbi State in northwestern Nigeria.


What Are Their Lives Like?

The Damakawa are subsistence farmers who depend on their crops and livestock. Many of the Damakawa are unable to read and write. They grow yams, beans, melons, maize, rice, and vegetables. Peanuts, palm oil and kola nuts are cash drops. The Damakawa buy things they cannot make for themselves like tools, farm equipment and cell phones.

Most peoples in rural Nigeria like the Damakawa 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 Damakawa people should find ways to communicate using these art forms.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The Damakawa are a mixture of Muslims and animists. The ones who claim to be Muslims are heavily influenced by folk religion. The Damakawa depend on the spirit world for their daily needs. The often use charms and amulets to help them deal with uncontrollable spiritual forces. They believe that spirits inhabit the object of nature such as trees, animals, rocks, rivers and the sky. These evil spirits must be appeased through prayer, offerings and rituals or they can bring disaster upon the community. Shamans connect the Damakawa to the spirit world and are the first person people seek help from for their problems.


What Are Their Needs?

The Damakawa 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. They need good schools for their children. Solar panels can bring electricity for charging cell phones and running appliances.

The Damakawa people need the blessings of the Jesus Christ. He alone and can give them the forgiveness of their sins and abundant spiritual life they seek.


Prayer Points

* Scripture Prayers for the Domakawa in Nigeria.

* Pray for the Damakawa culture to be renewed and enhanced by a work of the Holy Spirit and shaped into a God-centered and God-honoring mold.
* Pray for the Holy Spirit to move among Damakawa family and community leaders to seek His face and enjoy His blessings.
* Pray for the Lord to thrust out workers who will be compelled to nurture a disciple-making movement among the Damakawa people.
* Pray that soon the Damakawa people will have faith that will lead them to live honorable lives that will draw others to the Savior.


References

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Damakawa
Nigeria Evangelical Missions Association (NEMA)


Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

People Name General Domakawa
People Name in Country Domakawa
World Population 800
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group No
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Alternate Names
People ID 20931
ROP3 Code 116856
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 Kebbi state: Zuru, Sakaba, and Donko-Wasagu LGAs; Niger state: Rijau LGA; west Zamfara state: Gummi LGA border area.   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 Kebbi state: Zuru, Sakaba, and Donko-Wasagu LGAs; Niger state: Rijau LGA; west Zamfara state: Gummi LGA border area..   Source:  Ethnologue 2016

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Primary Language C'lela
Language Code dri   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 2
Secondary Languages
Hausa
Primary Language C'lela
Language Code dri   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 2
Secondary Languages
  Hausa
People Groups Speaking C'lela

Primary Language:  C'lela

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1931-2005)
Bible-New Testament Yes
Bible-Complete No
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Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in C'lela
Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religion Percent
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.40 %)
0.80 %
Ethnic Religions
30.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
69.20 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Christian Segments Percent
Anglican
Unknown
Independent
Unknown
Orthodox
Unknown
Other Christian
Unknown
Protestant
Unknown
Roman Catholic
Unknown
Profile Source Keith Carey  
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