Lela, Lyele in Burkina Faso

Joshua Project has identified the Lela, Lyele only in Burkina Faso





Largest Religion

Main Language


Introduction / History

The Lyela of western Burkina Faso number about 184,000. Their language is called Lyele. They live in a hot, dry region which has a short and unpredictable rainy season from late May to late September. The city of Reo, which lies 115km west from Ouagadougou, the capital of Burkina Faso, is the principal center of the Lyele area.

Nearly all Lyela are subsistence farmers who grow millet, sorghum and some vegetables. They also raise chickens, pigs, and goats. A few Lyela have learned the skills of tailoring and carpentry. Income is earned from the sale of some agricultural products. The diet traditionally consists of a millet or sorghum staple accompanied by a vegetable based sauce which occasionally contains meat. Water is available from village wells. It is the responsibility of the women to get the water needed for all the cooking , cleaning and washing. Because of the heavy load of the domestic chores and all sorts of duties the women have very little spare time if at all. Men however have enough time for drinking beer and talking together.

With the exception of the 5,000 to 10,000 who have professed conversion to Christianity, the Lyela people remain rooted in ancient traditional beliefs, and their practices are often private, even secret. The New Testament is available in the Lyele language. The Lyela are in need of Christian witness and teaching which relates to their cultural, social and economic realities.

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People Name General Lela, Lyele
People Name in Country Lela, Lyele
Population in Burkina Faso 190,000
World Population 190,000
Countries 1
Progress Scale 3.1
Least-Reached No
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Lele, Lyela, Lyele
Affinity Bloc Sub-Saharan Peoples
People Cluster Gur
People Name General Lela, Lyele
Ethnic Code NAB56a
People ID 13023
Country Burkina Faso
Region West and Central Africa
Continent Africa
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country North and central Sanguié Province: Réo, Kyon, Tenado, Dassa, Didyr, Godyr, and Kordie Subdistricts, Réo principal center. Thousands of migrants in neighboring countries, especially Côte d'Ivoire.   Source:  Ethnologue 2010

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Languages & Dialects on file:  1  (up to 20 largest shown)
Lyele (190,000)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Lyele 190,000
For Primary Language: Lyele

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1968-1999)
New Testament Yes   (2001)
Complete Bible No
Audio Bible Online
Resource Format
Audio Bible teaching (GRN) Audio Recordings
Jesus Film: view in Lyele Film / Video
Online New Testament (FCBH) Audio Recordings
Primary Religion: Ethnic Religions

Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 4.80 %)
14.00 %
Ethnic Religions
81.00 %
0.00 %
5.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %

Christian Segments Percent
0.0 %
1.0 %
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
35.0 %
Roman Catholic
64.0 %
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