Buem, Lelemi in Togo

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Main Language
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Introduction / History

The Balemi (Buem) are a subsistence farming people living in the forested mountains of Ghana's central Volta Region. In the mid 1900's the area led the Volta region in Cocoa production and tin roofing sheets replaced the traditional log/earth roofs seen only on traditional shrine houses today. Most young men leave the towns in search of work in the capital. Traditional marriage customs are dying out. Most children are born out of wedlock and siblings rarely have one set of parents. Education standards have dropped since 1960, and jobs are no longer available for those who can afford education.

There is an increased interest in the Mother Tongue and community based education. The Balemi (Buem) are proud of their role as leaders of the Volta Region. During the Ashanti Wars (1865-90) their chief formed a confederacy to resist Ashanti dominance and kept trade routes open from the North to the coast. Originally guided by earth priests, the Balemi have adopted the Akan chieftaincy system and Asafo company structure. Eastern Buem is predominantly Catholic (with Ewe being the second language) and Western Buem is Presbyterian (using Twi). The majority of the Buem people are nominal or social Christians, few are committed Christians. Buem are well organized and capable of working together well to meet community needs. Unfortunately the reintroduction of the yam festival and its accompanying Taboos has created polarization in the community, as some Christians have not agreed to maintaining the taboos. This gives the Church an opportunity to help people sort through the cultural-social and cultural-religious distinctions.

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People Name General Buem
People Name in Country Buem, Lelemi
Population in Togo 7,200
World Population 73,000
Total Countries 2
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 2.2
Least-Reached No
GSEC 4  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Alternate Names Lefana, Lelemi
People ID 10983
Primary Language: Lelemi (7,200 speakers)
Language Code: lef   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
Primary Language: Lelemi (7,200 speakers)
Language Code: lef   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
Secondary Languages:
For Primary Language: Lelemi

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1984-1999)
New Testament Yes   (1995)
Complete Bible No
Audio Bible Online
Possible Print Bibles
Forum of Bible Agencies
Gospel Go
World Bible Finder
World Bibles
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio Recordings Online New Testament (FCBH)
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Lelemi
Primary Religion: Christianity
Religion Subdivision: Roman Catholic

Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 2.00 %)
95.00 %
Ethnic Religions
5.00 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %

Christian Segments Percent
0.0 %
10.0 %
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
10.0 %
Roman Catholic
80.0 %
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