Nawdm in Togo





Largest Religion

Main Language


Introduction / History

The Nawdba, according to their oral history, had settled in Niamtougou of northeast Togo long before the German colonial period (1890-1914). Since then, Nawdba have migrated to central and southern Togo to farm in the cocoa plantations of Ghana and to seek other forms of employment in Côte d'Ivoire. Presently, there are about 25,000 Nawdba in Niamtougou also known as the home area and the rest of the population is spread out over other areas of Togo, Ghana, and Côte d'Ivoire.

The Nawdba are subsistence farmers and also raise livestock. Their cash crops are peanuts, palm nuts and palm oil, manioc, and cotton. Some Nawdba work as masons, carpenters, tailors, blacksmiths, cooks and civil workers. Some of the women have cooperatives making soap. Young men work in the fields or weave baskets and hats. Girls make donuts to sell in the market, care for children and also make and sell millet beer. There are some schools in the area. The language of instruction is Nawdba and French while all the textbooks are in French. There is a high dropout rate from school. Nawdba have a strong sense of belonging to their individual group, be it their clan, quartier or village. Each dialect group considers itself superior to the other. They celebrate carnival in February with costumes and traditional dances, and observe rituals for the whole village to ensure good crops.

The Evangelical Churches of West Africa first introduced Christianity to the group in 1937. In 1940 the Catholics came and in the 1980's the Assemblies of God Church began working in the Nawdm area.

Profile Source:   Anonymous  

People Name General Nawdm
People Name in Country Nawdm
Population in Togo 158,000
World Population 165,000
Countries 2
Progress Scale 3.2
Least-Reached No
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Loso, Losso, Naoudem
Affinity Bloc Sub-Saharan Peoples
People Cluster Gur
People Name General Nawdm
Ethnic Code NAB56a
People ID 13112
Country Togo
Region West and Central Africa
Continent Africa
10/40 Window No
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Kara region, Niamtougou area, Doufelgou Prefecture; Central and Plateau regions, Sotouboua, Ogou, and Haho prefectures; important minority in Lomé.   Source:  Ethnologue 2010
Languages & Dialects on file:  1  (up to 20 largest shown)
Nawdm (158,000)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Nawdm 158,000
For Primary Language: Nawdm

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1992-2010)
New Testament No
Complete Bible No
Resource Format
Audio Bible teaching (GRN) Audio Recordings
Jesus Film: view in Nawdm Film / Video
Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project) Audio Recordings
Primary Religion: Ethnic Religions

Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 7.00 %)
30.00 %
Ethnic Religions
70.00 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %

Christian Segments Percent
0.0 %
20.0 %
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
25.0 %
Roman Catholic
55.0 %
Map Source: Anonymous  
Profile Source: Anonymous  
Data Sources: Data is compiled from various sources. Read more

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