Kontagora, Niger State

“All that the Father gives Me will come to Me, and the one who comes to Me I will by no means cast out.” John 6:37-38 NKJV

Kontagora stands as a city steeped in historical significance, cultural richness, and flourishing agricultural pursuits. Founded in 1864 by Umaru Nagwamatse, who successfully conquered extensive lands from non-Muslim Kambaris, Kontagora emerged as the capital of the kingdom. Umaru Nagwamatse became the inaugural emir, shaping the city’s early political landscape.

This vibrant city is a melting pot of diverse ethnic groups, including the Gwari, Nupe, Hausa, and Fulani. The cultural diversity woven by these communities’ manifests in a number of traditions, languages, and customs, making Kontagora a blend of cultural diversity.

Agriculture is the lifeblood of Kontagora, with a bounty of crops cultivated, including sorghum, millet, cowpeas, tobacco, beans, shea butter, gum arabic, and kola nuts. The cultivation of sorghum beer further highlights the agricultural prowess of the community.

The predominant language spoken in Kontagora is Hausa, facilitating communication across the diverse ethnic groups. In matters of faith, the Bassa-Kontagora predominantly practice Folk Islam, a syncretistic belief system that combines traditional Islamic elements with superstitious practices. This practice involves warding off spirits through incantations, employing magic amulets, and reciting Qur’anic verses for miraculous healings.

Please pray:

  • Thank the Lord for the opportunity this city presents to reach multiple people groups.
  • Ask the LORD to raise a banner for Himself among every tribe present in this city.
  • For a spiritual hunger that will draw the people to the only one who can save them from sin and death.

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