Butu-Ningi in Nigeria

Unreached of the Day  5/29/2021

Butu-Ningi in Nigeria

You might call them "bartered brides." A girl from one clan marries into another clan. Then that clan has to reciprocate by giving a girl to the first clan. If no girl is available, then someone must pay a bride price. This is a practice in the northern part of Nigeria among the Butu-Ningi people, also called the Butawa people. They are a small people group and the languages that they had spoken as recently as the 1970s were considered "dead" by the 1990s. The Butu-Ningi have adopted the Hausa language.

Ministry Obstacles

It is hard to overcome traditional beliefs, and the Buta-Ningi have many. They used to believe that certain people could transform themselves into animals, especially elephants. Today, however, children are sent to Islamic schools and many families embrace Islam, the religion of the surrounding Hausa people.

Outreach Ideas

A people who like to sing, the Butu-Ningi compose new songs for the Gwarma Gom, a thanksgiving festival to the gods every January. Outreach partners can teach them more new songs—songs of thankfulness to the God who gives life to the full!

Scripture Focus

"You hem me in, behind and before, and lay your hand upon me. Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is high; I cannot attain it."  Psalm 139:5-6

Scripture Prayer

Pray that many from this people group will be in awe of the blessings of the Lord.

Prayer Focus

Pray for Holy-Spirit-directed workers to go to them! Pray for a Disciple Making Movement among the Butu-Ningi people that would spread to the powerful nearby Hausa people.



People Name Butu-Ningi
PronunciationBOO-too NEENG-ee
Country Nigeria
10/40 Window Yes
Population 59,000
World Population 59,000
Language Hausa
Primary Religion Islam
Bible Complete
Online Audio NT No
Jesus Film Yes
Audio Recordings Yes
Christ Followers Few, less than 2%
Status Unreached
Progress Level: progress level image