Mgbolizia NT | Mgbolizia
Most Mgbolizia speakers live within the southeastern Nigerian state of Ebonyi, one of the most agriculturally productive regions in the entire nation. People in the region make their living growing crops like rice, yams, cassava, maize, cocoa, groundnuts (peanuts) and oil palms. The rich red soil also contains abundant mineral resources including salt, zinc, lead and limestone. In fact, the state is called the “Salt of the Nation” because of its large saline deposits.
Translators have been working in the neigboring, related languages of Izii, Ezaa and Ikwo since 1964. A Mgbolizia team began work in the late 80s. After the study and analysis of the language, they established an alphabet and produced some literacy publications, but the work dwindled to a stop over time. Now it is has begun again with renewed vigor.
News from the Field
63,000 speakers most of whom live within the southeastern Nigerian state of Ebonyi, one of the most agriculturally productive regions in the entire nation. Many of the Mgbolizia people still follow African traditional religious beliefs, and some are adherents of another major religion. Project Goal: NT, plus OT portions and JESUS film. In the late 1980s, teams for three related languages, Izii, Ezaa and Ikwo published NTs—since then work on the OT has been in progress in these languages.
Pray with us for the Mgobolizia people as God works in their communities, bringing people together across social and religious lines to live in peace together.