SURVEY REPORT TO MADA LAND (GUDI TOWN), AKWANGA WEST DEVELOPMENT AREA, AKWANGA L.G.A, NASARAWA.
CONTACT MISSIONARY: PASTOR FEMI EHINOLA. 08034044076, 08025735558
We left Lagos on 31st August, 2015. We actually got to Gudi town (which is about 1hour plus drive from Abuja) by 11:47pm, but some technically issues due to network made us to arrive in Angbaku around 1AM. Gudi town is immediately after the railway when you are coming from Abuja and before the railway if you are coming from Akwanga. Our major road network is Gudi-Morow Road, which is fairly bad, and the entrance to the road by Echingo Filling Station. (Lat. 8 o 53’34.70’’N; Long. 8 o 15’42.0’’E) .from this point to Akwanga is 18km.
Pastor Femi’s house in Angbaku Global Positioning System (GPS) reading is Lat. 8 o 55’23.6’’N; Long. 8o14’56.6’’E. The terrain of the Angbaku and other villages visited is mainly sands on the surface with little clays seen around some places.
On 01-09-2015 morning, we prayed in Pastor’s house together before we went round Angbaku Village, pastor Femi has been in the village since 2010, so much of the people have been reached and a Church called ANGBAKU MISSION CENTER is functioning in the land. He also uses the Church as a Nursery/Primary School (THE SAMUEL’S ACADEMY). The village is known for her demonic activities, but a lot has changed since his arrival. Light has replaced darkness, but much still needs to be done. Needless to mention all the terrible demonic activities in the place like killing one another and the oldest man in the village killing all his Children and some that have come to confess all the evils they have done etc. since we have a Father who is the Almighty, there is nothing to fear about those things. After surveying the village, we can say they have about 100 people in the land. The people suffer mostly from eye problems and water borne disease.
Around 10:45am, we left with Mr Habila Maigari and Pastor James Sunday on two motorcycles to Angwa Gidigidi which is about 30minutes from Angbaku. While on our way we passed through Angwa Habu, Angwa Mainsara, Angwa Samonaka,Ungwan Gbure, Angwan Yara, Angwan Dorowa before getting to Angwa Gidigidi.
We met Mr Amos Kuje who is the village head also known as Maiangwa in Eggon tribe and four other elders. Though they speak mainly Eggon tribe but some of them speak Hausa and Pidgin English.
Nature of the people of Angwa Gidigidi
- They also stay together with Fulani; the Fulani settlement is few meters away from where the village is. Their population(including the Fulani ) is about 300
- They are people of the tribe of Eggon.
- They are mainly farmers who cultivate both cash and food crops.
- They do daily farming activities which keeps them in the farm from morning till late evening
- There is no culture or forbidden strains attached to the villagers or whoever comes in to the village.
- The domestic animals seen around them include; goats, chickens, dogs and pigs.
- Once its 9pm most of the elders are on their beds already.
- They have a borehole which is their only source of water.
- They lack light.
- The reachable network is etisalat.
- There is no known church in Angwa Gidigidi; though they all claim to be Christians.
- There is a primary school there (courtesy of MDG).
The village head and elders assured us that accommodation won’t be a problem. They can always arrange for a place for us or in the village or rather if we chose to use the school.
Hepatitis (emphasized that the children carry the virus most), Ulcer, typhoid, appendicitis, toilet infections and general body pain.
CONTACT PERSONS: Mr Amos Kuje—— 08180873037
Elder Bawa Gabi—-08171781033.
They expressed fears about people coming to the village telling them about what they intend to do but they end up doing something away. After meeting with them we proceeded to see the primary school located there, so we can know its capacity to accommodate and be used for medical outreach.
We set off for Kafachan Mada where we met with Mr Emmanuel and Mr Samuel, we couldn’t meet with the acting village head because he was still in the farm and the farm is far away from the village.
NATURE OF THE PEOPLE OF KAFACHAN MADA
- They have a population of over 100 persons of which half consist of the children.
- They are mainly farmer; they go to farm from mid morning till 6pm.
- They speak Mada, Hausa and a bit of English.
- According to their report they are all Christians but from our own report they are just traditional Christians.
- No forbidden acts or cultural barrier.
- There are about three Eggon tribe neighbouring villages that surrounds them namely; Angwa Aganki, Angwa Galadima and Angwa Eggon
- They lack light.
- They have two rivers of which one is for bathing and the other for drinking. These rivers are the only source of water they have.
- There is presence of an ECWA church; they also told us they are planning to erect another church before the year end.
- Their only school is a primary school which has just two classes for pry 1&2. Most of their children go to Angwa Mororo to attend school.
- Reachable network are Airtel, Glo and Etisalat
Case of malaria and flu is prevalent.
GENERAL VIEW OF MADA LAND
- The people of mada land are not truly saved. Some of them still engage in devilish acts and witchcrafts.
- Seeing that the villages we were able to survey has Fulani settlement around them; we could conclude that at least 40% of the villages in mada land have surrounding Fulani settlers.
- From our point of view at least 70% of the mada and eggon people are farmers who cultivate both cash and food crops (Including bananas, their cassavas are mostly processed into garri and not fufu; Mr Salvy take note)
- The churches that are common there are ERCC (Evangelical Reformed Church of Christ), ECWA and Living Faith Church (of which many are almost extinct).
- There is presence of a clinic in Angwa Habu.
- There are two major tribes namely; Mada tribe and Eggon tribe.
- The people are very particular about denomination and might not be flexible to other churches.
- They generally lack light.
- There is only one market which is located in Moro
The survey was a success to the glory of God, but much work needs to be done to win these people for Christ, the tribal and religious barriers must be broken. We need to plan for medical outreach in all the villages we are to reach, Angbaku included.
Yours in the Vineyard
Nnadi Chikaodiri Una, Chuku Kelvin