Benga in Gabon





Largest Religion

Main Language


Introduction / History

The Benga people are a peaceful and friendly group of coastal fishermen, sailors and merchants. They are one of the 14 Ndowe people groups living along the coast of Equitorial Guinea. Their traditional home is Corisco island and Elobey Grande and the mouth of the mighty Rio Muni estuary and the south coast of EG.

Corisco island is a beautiful tropical paradise, famous for its snow white sand.

Presbyterian missionaries from the USA began work among the Benga in 1854. The New Testament was printed in 1893, followed by 18 books of the Old Testament between 1899 and 1902. Time and tropical humidity almost destroyed all existing copies. Revision and reprinting are desperately needed. The last missionary left Benga during WWII, in 1943, but the tiny Protestant church started by the missionaries still hangs on. For economic reasons the majority of the Benga have left Corisco island.

Profile Source:   Anonymous  

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People Name General Benga
People Name in Country Benga
Population in Gabon 2,200
World Population 6,500
Countries 2
Progress Scale 3.1
Least-Reached No
Unengaged Yes (per Finishing the Task)
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names
Affinity Bloc Sub-Saharan Peoples
People Cluster Bantu, Northwest
People Name General Benga
Ethnic Code NAB57k
People ID 10789
Country Gabon
Region West and Central Africa
Continent Africa
10/40 Window No
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country North of Libreville, Bata.   Source:  Ethnologue 2010
Languages & Dialects on file:  1  (up to 20 largest shown)
Benga (2,200)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Benga 2,200
For Primary Language: Benga

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1863)
New Testament Yes   (1895)
Complete Bible No
Resource Format
None reported  
Primary Religion: Christianity
Religion Subdivision: Roman Catholic

Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 5.00 %)
92.00 %
Ethnic Religions
8.00 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %

Christian Segments Percent
0.0 %
15.0 %
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
25.0 %
Roman Catholic
60.0 %
Map Source: Anonymous  
Profile Source: Anonymous  
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