Temne-Banta in Sierra Leone

Joshua Project has identified the Temne-Banta only in Sierra Leone






Largest Religion

Main Language


Introduction / History

Centuries ago, the Banta Themne people crossed the Guinea border and settled in the Buya-Romende chiefdom of Sierra Leone. No one is certain why they left Guinea. Many believe it was because of the historic Mali invasion of that area. Others believe there may have been tribal wars that forced the exodus. Still others conclude that trade caused the energetic Banta Themne to push their tribe eastward. Whatever the reason, the Banta Themne established themselves in the northern province of Sierra Leone, bringing with them their traditional African beliefs as well as their Islamic faith.

Today the Banta Themne people live in the rural bush area of the West African nation of Sierra Leone. There are 159 villages, and up until recently not one New Testament church among them.

Several chiefs govern various the Banta Themne groups, but there is only one paramount chief, and he rules them all. The paramount Chief was living in Freetown for a time, because ten years of civil war in Sierra Leone had driven him from his home in the village of Kamasundu. Many Banta Themne people were living in displacement camps around the Port Loko area during the war.

By January 2002, the Banta Themne had returned to their villages in the Buya-Romende chiefdom, and the Paramount Chief had returned to Kamasundu.

Profile Source:   West Africa Gateway 

People Name General Temne-Banta
People Name in Country Temne-Banta
Population in Sierra Leone 57,000
World Population 57,000
Countries 1
Progress Scale 1.1
Least-Reached Yes
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Banta Mende, Banta Temne, Banta Themne, Buya-Romende Buya-Romende
Affinity Bloc Sub-Saharan Peoples
People Cluster Atlantic
People Name General Temne-Banta
Ethnic Code NAB56c
People ID 10660
Country Sierra Leone
Region West and Central Africa
Continent Africa
10/40 Window No
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Northern Province, west of Sewa River to Little Scarcie.   Source:  Ethnologue 2010
Languages & Dialects on file:  1  (up to 20 largest shown)
Themne: Banta (57,000)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Themne: Banta 57,000
For Primary Language: Themne

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1865-1993)
New Testament Yes   (1868-1992)
Complete Bible No
Audio Bible Online
Resource Format
Audio Bible teaching (GRN) Audio Recordings
Jesus Film: view in Themne Film / Video
Online New Testament (FCBH) Audio Recordings
Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project) Film / Video
World Missionary Press Booklets Text / Printed Matter
Primary Religion: Islam

Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
4.00 %
Ethnic Religions
35.00 %
0.00 %
61.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %

Christian Segments Percent
0.0 %
30.0 %
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
70.0 %
Roman Catholic
0.0 %
Photo Source: West Africa Gateway  
Map Source: Bryan Nicholson / cartoMission  
Profile Source: West Africa Gateway 
Data Sources: Data is compiled from various sources. Read more

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