Nzema, Appolo in Cote d'Ivoire





Largest Religion

Main Language


Introduction / History

The Nzima people of Ghana and southern Cote d'Ivoire live in a tropical rainforest fringed by a coastal lagoon. The nearby city of Abidjan, the country's economic capital, is also home to many of them. The majority of people earn a living from agriculture. Some are subsistence farmers, living off what they raise in their own fields. Others work in agricultural cooperatives that grow palm oil, coconut, cassava or bananas. Still others work for large producers of rubber and palm oil.

Christian workers from Africa and Europe brought the Gospel to the Nzema people about 100 years ago. Today a large percentage profess Christianity but also follow the rules of animistic traditions deeply ingrained in their cultures. Those strong in their faith often face daily pressures from those who insist on using fetishes - objects believed to have supernatural powers, or in particular, a man - made object that has power over others - to ward off evil spirits. Nzema Christians are working to translate the Bible. The Word of God in Nzema will give Christians the grounding in their faith they have lacked. Strengthened as Christ's disciples, they will be equipped to share His Good News with their animist neighbors and resist animist influences themselves. Scriptures set to music will enhance worship. This exemplary grass roots effort may well spark new, church-led Bible translations in other parts of Cote d'Ivoire.

Profile Source:   Anonymous  

People Name General Nzema, Appolo
People Name in Country Nzema, Appolo
Population in Cote d'Ivoire 101,000
World Population 448,000
Countries 2
Progress Scale 3.1
Least-Reached No
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Apolo, Appolo, Ndenye, Nzema, Nzima
Affinity Bloc Sub-Saharan Peoples
People Cluster Guinean
People Name General Nzema, Appolo
Ethnic Code NAB59k
People ID 10370
Country Cote d'Ivoire
Region West and Central Africa
Continent Africa
10/40 Window No
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Aboisso Department, Tiapoum Subprefecture, southeast coast; Abidjan.   Source:  Ethnologue 2010

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Languages & Dialects on file:  1  (up to 20 largest shown)
Nzema (101,000)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Nzema 101,000
For Primary Language: Nzema

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1984)
New Testament Yes   (1985)
Complete Bible Yes   (1999)
Audio Bible Online
Resource Format
Audio Bible teaching (GRN) Audio Recordings
God's Story Video Film / Video
Jesus Film: view in Nzema Film / Video
Online New Testament (FCBH) Audio Recordings
World Missionary Press Booklets Text / Printed Matter
Primary Religion: Christianity
Religion Subdivision: Roman Catholic

Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 5.00 %)
95.00 %
Ethnic Religions
5.00 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %

Christian Segments Percent
0.0 %
20.0 %
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
20.0 %
Roman Catholic
60.0 %
Profile Source: Anonymous  
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