Bole, Bolewa in Nigeria

Bole, Bolewa
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People Name: Bole, Bolewa
Country: Nigeria
10/40 Window: Yes
Population: 154,000
World Population: 154,000
Primary Language: Bole
Primary Religion: Islam
Christian Adherents: 0.00 %
Evangelicals: 0.00 %
Scripture: Translation Needed
Online Audio NT: No
Jesus Film: No
Audio Recordings: Yes
People Cluster: Benue
Affinity Bloc: Sub-Saharan Peoples
Progress Level:


Research documents complimented by oral traditions have it that the Bolewa tribe appear to have eastern origins, tracing their westward movements from the Middle East. The Bolewa are believed to have left Yemen in Southern Arabia a little after 940 AD. Between 1100 AD and 1500 AD, they moved westward to the shores of Lake Chad and into Nigeria. Known for their hard work, educational advantage and connections, the Bolewa can be found in virtually all sectors of the Nigerian economy, including public service. The main area where the Bolewa people reside includes the terrorist group Boko Haram, which seeks to unleash mayhem, fear and ethnic cleansing.

Ministry Obstacles

The presence of terrorist groups in the home area of the Bolewa brings an extra measure of danger and difficulty in taking the Gospel to the Bolewa people.

Outreach Ideas

Please pray that Gospel radio will become increasingly available throughout Nigeria, and that these broadcasts will include the language of the Bolewa people. Pray also that Gospel recordings (which are available in this language) will be widely circulated.

Pray for the Followers of Christ

Christians have lived in the region in which the Bolewa people live for quite some time, but the number of Christian believers within this tribe today are very few in number. Please pray for them and others who will soon become followers of Christ, that the Lord will protect them from terrorist groups and will give them eagerness to know and and serve Jesus.

Pray for the Entire People Group

Please pray for peace throughout the homeland area of the Bolewa tribe, and for all of northeastern Nigeria.

Text Source:   Joshua Project