Jimbin in Nigeria

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People Name: Jimbin
Country: Nigeria
10/40 Window: Yes
Population: 8,700
World Population: 8,700
Primary Language: Zibinju
Primary Religion: Islam
Christian Adherents: 5.00 %
Evangelicals: 1.40 %
Scripture: Translation Started
Online Audio NT: No
Jesus Film: No
Audio Recordings: Yes
People Cluster: Chadic
Affinity Bloc: Sub-Saharan Peoples
Progress Level:

Introduction / History

The Jimbin have a traditional chief called Dan. They celebrate a festival called Gwaita. During the celebration, they play gulu (a native drum), sing songs, and dance. The men wear buje, (a baggy pair of trousers) holding swords, and the women wear rasi (a skirt made of leaves). The men and women do that without any shirt or blouse covering their chest. On that special day, the people serve their special dishes consisting of zang (chicken), aku (goat meat), wuru (beef) and kyal (a local beer brewed with guinea corn).

Where Are they Located?

The Jimbin migrated from Maiduguri in Borno State to Ningi, and finally settled in their current locations in Jimbin, Turdu, Lulai 1, Lulai 2, Kurbuli and Anguwan Madaki, in Ganjuwa Local Government Area (LGA) of Bauchi State, Nigeria. They have an approximate ethnic population of 300,000.

What Are Their Lives Like?

The Jimbin are subsistence farmers. They cultivate mainly guinea corn, groundnut and millet.

What Are Their Beliefs?

They are African Traditional Religionists (60%), Christians (3%) and Muslims (37%).
There are three church denominations working with the Jimbin: Evangelical Church Winning All (ECWA), Church of Christ in Nation (COCIN) and Baptist.

What Are Their Needs?

They have primary and junior secondary schools, markets, and health clinics in the Jimbin communities. Although, they lack good roads, water supply and electricity. They are also in need of scripture in their mother tongue and an increase of brothers and sisters in Christ.

Prayer Points

May the Jimbin people know that their true citizenship is in Heaven.
Pray that one day the Jimbin people will sing and create songs that glorify God.
Pray for a desire to worship God and to have his word in the language they understand best.

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