Bandial in Senegal

Joshua Project has identified the Bandial only in Senegal





Largest Religion

Main Language


Introduction / History

"It's doomed to disappear!" People are saying this about the Bandial language. Various organizations are fighting to keep tribal languages alive, believing valuable cultures will disappear with the languages. French is Senegal's official language, although people in this West African country speak 35 other languages.

Bandial children often start school with no knowledge of French, and many find learning so difficult they stop trying. Some parents are trying to switch over to French, so that their children will have a better chance in school. Yet, school officials say children who read in their own language show amazing progress. This "coin" has two sides.

This situation may open the door to the gospel, since Christian literacy programs use the Bible to help people learn to read in the French language. Most of the minor language groups do not have a Bible translated into their mother tongue. Fortunately, Wycliffe is translating for five minor languages, including Bandial.

Bandial people used to farm and were satisfied to speak Bandial. Now large numbers have moved to cities where they are learning new languages and new ways of living. More than nine of every ten Bandial people follow Islam. Perhaps these changing times will cause Bandial Muslims to consider Christ.

Prayer Points

* Pray that God will send followers of Christ to share the gospel in a way the Bandial people understand.
* Ask the Holy Spirit to soften hearts and prepare them to receive seeds of gospel truth.

Prayer Links
Global Prayer Digest: 2010-02-10
Global Prayer Digest: 2010-02-11
People Name General Bandial
People Name in Country Bandial
Population in Senegal 15,000
World Population 15,000
Countries 1
Progress Scale 2.2
Least-Reached No
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names
Affinity Bloc Sub-Saharan Peoples
People Cluster Atlantic-Jola
People Name General Bandial
Ethnic Code NAB56c
People ID 10644
Country Senegal
Region West and Central Africa
Continent Africa
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Villages of Affiniam, Badiate-Grand, Bandial, Batinier, Brin, Elubalir, Enampor, Essil, Etama, Kamobeul, and Seleky. The peninsula is bounded by the Casamance River on the north, the Komobeul Bôlon on the west, the Ziguinchor-Oussouye road on the south, a.   Source:  Ethnologue 2010

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Enthologue Language Map

Languages & Dialects on file:  1  (up to 20 largest shown)
Bandial (15,000)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Bandial 15,000
For Primary Language: Bandial

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (2006)
New Testament No
Complete Bible No
Audio Bible Online
Resource Format
Audio Bible teaching (GRN) Audio Recordings
Bible: bqj The Bible in Bandial Text / Printed Matter
Online New Testament (FCBH) Audio Recordings
Primary Religion: Islam

Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 1.00 %)
6.00 %
Ethnic Religions
25.00 %
0.00 %
69.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %

Christian Segments Percent
0.0 %
10.0 %
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
30.0 %
Roman Catholic
60.0 %
Photo Source: Jacqueline Gallet  
Profile Source: Global Prayer Digest / Keith Carey 
Data Sources: Data is compiled from various sources. Read more

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