Avatime, Sideme in Ghana

Joshua Project has identified the Avatime only in Ghana





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Introduction / History

The Avatime people are a hard working group who take great pride in their houses and gardens. Their neat gardens are enclosed by bamboo fences and their houses are rectangular in shape, built from clay bricks and covered with zinc roofs. The area is hilly and the towns are surrounded by luscious rain-forests. Vegetation is abundant and annual rainfall high.

Despite the abundant greenness of the area, farming is not easy, especially in Amedzofe, where the soil is subject to erosion and the fields may be located at a great distance from town. The people grow a variety of crops and are always ready to experiment with new cultures. The main crops include cassava, yams, beans, cocoyams, rice and plantains. Tea, coffee and cocoa are also being cultivated. The gardens yield various fruits and vegetables, such as ocra, tomatoes, avocados, bananas, papaya, palm nut and green leaves, which all contribute to a varied and healthy diet.

Amedzofe developed at the foot of Mt. Gemi (800m), a bald hill crowned by the metal cross, which was erected in 1939 in commemoration of the 50th jubilee of the Bremen Mission's involvement in the area. Amedzofe and the other eight Avatime towns can look back on more than a century of missionary involvement. The labor of pioneer missionaries with the ready collaboration of the local population has yielded various educational institutions and a clinic, both of which the town is known for in the whole region and even internationally. Amedzofe and the Avatime area have a rich cultural life in which Christian as well as traditional factors take their place.

In the 14th century, the Avatime people lived in an area in today's Benin and later became part of the Ahanta ethnic group in today's Ghana, only to migrate back west again, to ultimately settle in their present location in the Volta Region. During these various migrations they shifted their subsistence from hunting to fishing and ultimately to agriculture.

Profile Source:   Anonymous  

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People Name General Avatime
People Name in Country Avatime, Sideme
Population in Ghana 32,000
World Population 32,000
Countries 1
Progress Scale 3.2
Least-Reached No
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Sia, Sideme
Affinity Bloc Sub-Saharan Peoples
People Cluster Guinean
People Name General Avatime
Ethnic Code NAB59b
People ID 10496
Country Ghana
Region West and Central Africa
Continent Africa
10/40 Window No
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Southeast, center at Amedzofe (Amajofe).   Source:  Ethnologue 2010

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Enthologue Language Map

Languages & Dialects on file:  1  (up to 20 largest shown)
Avatime (33,000)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Avatime 33,000
For Primary Language: Avatime

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions No
New Testament No
Complete Bible No
Resource Format
Audio Bible teaching (GRN) Audio Recordings
God's Story Video Film / Video
The Seed Company Translation Project Text / Printed Matter
Primary Religion: Christianity
Religion Subdivision: Roman Catholic

Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 21.00 %)
90.00 %
Ethnic Religions
10.00 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %

Christian Segments Percent
0.0 %
30.0 %
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
20.0 %
Roman Catholic
50.0 %
Profile Source: Anonymous  
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