Banda, Nafana in Cote d'Ivoire





Largest Religion

Main Language



The Banda or Nafana are mostly subsistence farmers, raising yams and corn for food and cashews for a cash crop. Their language (Nafaanra) is a tonal language, with a basic word order of subject-object-verb. A hospitable people, they have avoided serious conflict with other more aggressive groups.

Ministry Obstacles

Christian believers in this tribe have suffered some persecution, but sometimes persecution can result in believers being purified in their faith.

Outreach Ideas

The New Testament is available in the language of this tribe, and there are other resources available as well. Pray that workers will be found to carry these resources to the people.

Pray for the Followers of Christ

There are a number of followers of Christ in this tribe. Pray they will understand and believe the Gospel of grace, and not mix it with legalistic requirements found in their earlier religions.

Pray for the Entire People Group

Pray this tribe will continue to live in peace with neighboring tribes, and will have good crops to feed and care for their people.

Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Banda, Nafana
People Name in Country Banda, Nafana
Population in Cote d'Ivoire 85,000
World Population 168,000
Countries 2
Progress Scale 1.2
Least-Reached Yes
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Banafo, Banda, Nafana, Senufo
Affinity Bloc Sub-Saharan Peoples
People Cluster Gur
People Name General Banda, Nafana
Ethnic Code NAB56a
People ID 10636
Languages & Dialects on file:  1  (up to 20 largest shown)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
For Primary Language: Nafaanra

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1982-2000)
New Testament Yes   (1984)
Complete Bible No
Audio Bible Online
Resource Format
Audio Bible teaching (GRN) Audio Recordings
God's Story Video Film / Video
Online New Testament (FCBH) Audio Recordings
Primary Religion: Ethnic Religions

Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.90 %)
5.00 %
Ethnic Religions
90.00 %
0.00 %
5.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %

Christian Segments Percent
0.0 %
0.0 %
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
0.0 %
Roman Catholic
100.0 %
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Map Source: Joshua Project  
Profile Source: Joshua Project  
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