Denya, Anyang in Cameroon

Joshua Project has identified the Denya, Anyang only in Cameroon





Largest Religion

Main Language


Introduction / History

There are 20,000 Anyang people living in the rain forest of southwestern Cameroon at about 400 feet above sea level. The language of the Anyang is called Denya. They generally live in mud brick houses with thatch roofs and their ethnic foods include Eru, a green vegetable that grows wild in the rain forest, and Mango Seeds, from which they make a marketable soup. They live close to the Nigerian border and do business regularly with them and with other groups around them such as the Ejagham and Kenyam.

Because of the heavy rains the roads cannot be used by motorized traffic. It is not uncommon for the Anyang to walk everywhere, even hours, to their destination! They also walk to their fields, as most Anyang are farmers. They make sturdy wooden baskets to wear on their backs to carry the fruits or vegetables they harvest from their fields or from the vast tropical forest that surrounds their land. . The Anyang have come from a history of traditional animistic beliefs, but have recently been exposed to the truth of God's Word through evangelism and Bible translation.

The Anyang people have many needs. Their neighbors generally look down upon them. They have few means of income and the younger generations are losing satisfaction with living the agricultural lifestyle. Most children do not continue their education after the sixth grade due to economic hardship and therefore lose the means to better their lifestyle. The Anyang need educational programs, economic resources and momentum, Bible teaching and discipleship to develop Anyang Christian leaders, and a new hope for the future.

Prayer Points

1. The translation team anticipates completing the New Testament translation. Pray that the Lord strengthens every element to make this goal a reality.
2. Finding funds is a constant struggle. Pray that the Lord would provide the finances to sustain this team of Cameroonians.
3. Pray for receptiveness to the scriptures that have already been translated.
4. Pray for pastors to be willing to use them.
5. Pray for the adherents to remain strong.
6. Pray for wisdom for Christians in relating to traditional leaders and communities so as not to offend.

Profile Source:   Anonymous  

Expanded PDF Profile

People Name General Denya, Anyang
People Name in Country Denya, Anyang
Population in Cameroon 30,000
World Population 30,000
Countries 1
Progress Scale 3.2
Least-Reached No
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Chungcha, Dioi, Nyang, Pau Thin, Pu-Nam, Sa Nhan, Tai Yang, Takamanda, Yay
Country Cameroon
Region West and Central Africa
Continent Africa
10/40 Window No
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country South West Province, Manyu Division, central and south Akwaya Subdivision; north Mamfe Central Subdivision. Partially in Takamanda Forest Reserve.   Source:  Ethnologue 2010
Languages & Dialects on file:  1  (up to 20 largest shown)
Denya (30,000)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Denya 30,000
For Primary Language: Denya

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1998-2000)
New Testament Yes   (2010)
Complete Bible No
Audio Bible Online
Resource Format
Audio Bible teaching (GRN) Audio Recordings
Bible: Ŋwɛ menomenyɛɛ́ mekɛ́ Text / Printed Matter
Online New Testament (FCBH) Audio Recordings
The Seed Company Translation Project Text / Printed Matter
Primary Religion: Christianity
Religion Subdivision: Protestant

Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 12.00 %)
70.00 %
Ethnic Religions
30.00 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %

Christian Segments Percent
0.0 %
7.0 %
0.0 %
Other Christian
25.0 %
50.0 %
Roman Catholic
18.0 %
Photo Source: Anonymous  
Map Source: Joshua Project / Global Mapping International  
Profile Source: Anonymous  
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