Bade in Nigeria

Unreached of the Day  8/09/2021

Bade in Nigeria

In a country with a king, he is crowned when he assumes the throne. But what about the supreme leader of the Bade people known as the emir in Nigeria? He is turbaned! The Bade people are mostly farmers who practice some other occupation during the dry season. They live mostly in Nigeria's northern Yobe and Jigawa states, which are subject to the terrors of Boko Haram.

Ministry Obstacles

The Bade people practice a mixture of Animism and Islam. Audio and video resources, but not the Bible, are available in the Bade language. Though there are Bade believers, their churches worship in Hausa, the trade language, which most of them understand with their heads but not with their hearts.

Outreach Ideas

The Bade often rely on the protection of amulets. The cross is not an amulet but a symbol and reminder of the Lord's work on behalf of lost, sinful humanity. Since the Bade people have a strong connection to visual reminders, they may respond quickly to the symbol of the cross.

Scripture Focus

"Not like these is he who is the portion of Jacob, for he is the one who formed all things, and Israel is the tribe of his inheritance; the Lord of hosts is his name."  Jeremiah 51:19

Scripture Prayer

Pray for today’s people group to soon become part of the Lord’s inheritance.

Prayer Focus

Pray that these people who live with terrible uncertainty—for they depend on the weather, and they live in an area subject to terrorist attacks—would respond to the certain future that God promises. May he give them faith to entrust their present lives to him.



People Name Bade
PronunciationBAH-day
Country Nigeria
10/40 Window Yes
Population 404,000
World Population 404,000
Language Bade
Primary Religion Islam
Bible Portions
Online Audio NT No
Jesus Film Yes
Audio Recordings Yes
Christ Followers Few, less than 2%
Status Unreached
Progress Level: progress level image