Akebu in Togo

Joshua Project has identified the Akebu only in Togo





Largest Religion

Main Language


Introduction / History

The Akebu are found in the Akebou province in the south western region of Togo. The area is also called "Akebu Plateau" and is located in the largest rainforest of Togo. The Akebu people are a mixture of the original inhabitants of the Akebu Plateau and three immigrant groups: the Ewe, Anyanga, Ntribu. These groups merged with the original Akebu people both culturally and linguistically over the period of about two centuries.

Oroko (2000) writes: "The Akebu have no tribal marks but marks for traditional healing purpose. Gbemgbeni is the traditional woven cloth but it is no longer in use because of the cost of weaving. They now wear any kind of wrapper as well as modern attire. Their original round huts have with time given way to rectangular ones through the influence of Europeans." The Akebu are mostly farmers and hunters. For their own use they grow yam, manioc, taro, corn, rice, funyo and beans. For trade, they grow coffee, cacao, cotton (in the north of the region). Animals they rear are: sheep, goats, dogs, chicken, fowls, ducks, pigeons, pigs and guinea pigs.

The main method of hunting is the bush fire, practiced all over the region in the forests. Akebu women cook on remarkable stoves that have a place for two huge pots over the fire. During the rainy season, they do their cooking inside. Their traditional kitchen house is a work of art and very well equipped and organized. Every kitchen utensil has its place, and the kitchen is very tidy. The inside as well as the outside stoves are beautifully painted and carefully maintained. The Akebu are neighbored by the Akposo, the Adele and the Ntribou (across the border in Ghana). Ewe is the language of wider communication, but very few Akebu speak it fluently. The language variety that more Akebu understand is Gen or Mina, a language closely related to Ewe, but the written materials used in the area are all in Ewe or French. Bible portions are available in Akebu.

Profile Source:   Anonymous  

People Name General Akebu
People Name in Country Akebu
Population in Togo 73,000
World Population 73,000
Countries 1
Progress Scale 3.1
Least-Reached No
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Akebou, Kebu
Affinity Bloc Sub-Saharan Peoples
People Cluster Guinean
People Name General Akebu
Ethnic Code NAB59b
People ID 10221
Country Togo
Region West and Central Africa
Continent Africa
10/40 Window No
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country South, Prefecture de Wawa, Canton Akebou, into Ghana. Main centers Kougnohou, Veh-Nkougna, Kamina.   Source:  Ethnologue 2010

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Enthologue Language Map

Languages & Dialects on file:  1  (up to 20 largest shown)
Akebu (73,000)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Akebu 73,000
For Primary Language: Akebu

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (2010)
New Testament No
Complete Bible No
Resource Format
Audio Bible teaching (GRN) Audio Recordings
Primary Religion: Ethnic Religions

Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 4.00 %)
25.00 %
Ethnic Religions
67.00 %
0.00 %
8.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %

Christian Segments Percent
0.0 %
10.0 %
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
10.0 %
Roman Catholic
80.0 %
Photo Source: Walter Schwertfeger  
Profile Source: Anonymous  
Data Sources: Data is compiled from various sources. Read more

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