People Group Profiles

“All nations will come and worship before you."

- Revelations 15:4

Igbo of North America

People Group Info

Total Population: 224,795

ROP3 Code: 103963
IMB Affinity Group: Sub-Saharan African Peoples
Affinity Bloc: Sub-Saharan African
People Cluster: Igbo
Language: Igbo - (ibo)
Religion: Christianity
Country of Origin: Nigeria

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By The Evangelisers Team Ministries Int'l

Majority Located Where

  Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC - 4,500

  Toronto (Mississauga, Brampton), ON - 1,095

  Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX - 100

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Brief Profile

The Igbo, historically spelled "Ibo", are a people group of southeastern Nigeria who speak Igbo. The language is actually several languages and dialects. They are one largest people groups in Africa.

Igbo traditional religion is based on the belief that there is one creator, God, also called Chineke or Chukwu. The creator can be approached through numerous other deities and spirits in the form of natural objects, most commonly through the god of thunder (Amadioha). Traditionally, ancestors were venerated. Shrines and other sacred places became the advocate between the secular and sacred.

Among Igbo in the United States, Christianity has taken a more dominant role among the Igbo. An equal split between adhering to Roman Catholicism or Protestantism exists.

Most people are very disciplined to attend church services and it is hard for them to believe in the existence of ‘free thinkers’, i.e. people who do not feel committed to any religion.

Prayer Points

  • Pray that Igbo Christians will obey the "Great Commission" and make disciples of all nations.
  • Pray that the comforts of living in North America will not tempt Igbo from loosing their zeal for the Christ.

Learning Resources

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Country City Metro Area Name State / Prov. Baseline Population
United StatesCharlotteCharlotte-Concord-GastoniaNC4,500
CanadaTorontoToronto (Mississauga, Brampton)ON1,095
United StatesMesquiteDallas-Fort Worth-ArlingtonTX100