Bana in Nigeria





Largest Religion

Main Language


Introduction / History

The Fali people are called Bana in Nigeria. They also live in Cameroon. In Nigeria, the Bana live in the northeast, mainly in the Mubi District.

What Are Their Lives Like?

Fali in Fula means 'perched' and relates to the Fali settlements on the mountainsides. They do farming and hunting. Their main crops are millet, peanuts and cotton.

The Bana are exogamous. They live with or near to the parents of the husband. Inheritance is generally passed to the sons. They have clans with chiefs and with lands. They speak a few languages.

What Are Their Beliefs?

The Bana have an indigenous religion. They believe in a creator god called Faw and a mother goddess called Ona, their earth deity. They pray to ancestors to pray to Faw for them. Many if not most of the Bana have now converted to Islam. Many have become Muslims recently.

Prayer Points

* Pray that with the Fali or Bana believing in a creator god that this will lead them to Jesus Christ.
* Pray that they will have dreams and visions leading them to salvation too.


Profile Source:   Anonymous  

Prayer Links
Global Prayer Digest: 2013-02-27
People Name General Bana
People Name in Country Bana
Population in Nigeria 169,000
World Population 199,000
Countries 2
Progress Scale 1.2
Least-Reached Yes
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Baza, Fali, Mizeran
Affinity Bloc Sub-Saharan Peoples
People Cluster Chadic
People Name General Bana
Ethnic Code NAB60b
People ID 10632
Country Nigeria
Region West and Central Africa
Continent Africa
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 10  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)

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Enthologue Language Map

Ethnolinguistic map from University of Texas or other map

Languages & Dialects on file:  1  (up to 20 largest shown)
Bana (169,000)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Bana 169,000
For Primary Language: Bana

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1985)
New Testament Yes
Complete Bible No
Audio Bible Online
Resource Format
Audio Bible teaching (GRN) Audio Recordings
Online New Testament (FCBH) Audio Recordings
Primary Religion: Islam

Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 1.00 %)
3.00 %
Ethnic Religions
3.00 %
0.00 %
94.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %

Christian Segments Percent
0.0 %
5.0 %
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
75.0 %
Roman Catholic
20.0 %
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