Dagaaba, Southern in Ghana

Joshua Project has identified the Dagaaba, Southern only in Ghana





Largest Religion

Main Language


Introduction / History

The language of the Dagaaba is Dagaare. The Dagaaba people inhabit the far north-west corner of Ghana, covering parts of the Lambussie-Nandom, Lawra-Jirapa, and Nadawali-Funsi districts. The area that they inhabit covers about 4,000 square kilometers in Ghana and extends into Burkina Faso to cover the same sort of area. They do not consider themselves as a 'tribe' and are composed of many different clans, but they are distinct from their neighbors and are therefore known to outsiders by the common title of Dagaaba.

The Dagaaba are farmers cultivating crops including guinea corn, yam, millet, maize, groundnuts, beans and sweet potatoes. The Dagaaba compounds vary greatly according to area, size and date of construction. It is agreed that the Dagaaba have occupied their present homeland for some 300 years and it is possible that the Dagaaba people were formed when they split away from the Dagomba.

The Catholics entered the area in 1929 and made quit an impact with the treatment that they administered to yaws and other prevalent diseases. The work grew quite quickly and Catholicism has a great impact on Dagaaba life. Other churches entered the area in 1954 and have taken up the challenge of literacy and Bible translation work. Up to now though the Catholic church is the largest Christian church in the area.

Profile Source:   Anonymous  

People Name General Dagaaba, Southern
People Name in Country Dagaaba, Southern
Population in Ghana 949,000
World Population 949,000
Countries 1
Progress Scale 3.2
Least-Reached No
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Dagaaba, Dagaari, Dagati, Southern Dagaari
Affinity Bloc Sub-Saharan Peoples
People Cluster Gur
People Name General Dagaaba, Southern
Ethnic Code NAB56a
People ID 11466
Country Ghana
Region West and Central Africa
Continent Africa
10/40 Window No
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Northwest corner, west Upper West region.   Source:  Ethnologue 2010

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Enthologue Language Map

Languages & Dialects on file:  1  (up to 20 largest shown)
Dagaare, Southern (949,000)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Dagaare, Southern 949,000
For Primary Language: Dagaare, Southern

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1970)
New Testament No
Complete Bible No
Resource Format
Audio Bible teaching (GRN) Audio Recordings
God's Story Video Film / Video
Jesus Film: view in Dagaare, Southern Film / Video
Primary Religion: Christianity
Religion Subdivision: Roman Catholic

Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 18.00 %)
75.00 %
Ethnic Religions
20.00 %
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 %
10.0 %
Roman Catholic
90.0 %
Photo Source: Joe Gangman  
Profile Source: Anonymous  
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