Safaliba, Safazo in Ghana

Joshua Project has identified the Safaliba only in Ghana





Largest Religion

Main Language


Introduction / History

The Safaliba people reportedly came from an area in today's Cote d'Ivoire and settled in an area of about sixty square kilometers around what is now Mandari near Bole in the Northern Province of Ghana. Later on the Gonjas arrived in the area and the Safaliba surrendered to this more numerous and powerful people group. Due to this peaceful submission the Safaliba were allowed to retain their chieftaincy alongside the Gonjas' and the Gonjas do not ask any taxes from the Safaliba and cohabitation is friendly. The Safaliba also have continued to settle their own cases for their own people.

The Safaliba's main subsistence is farming, mainly of yams, cassava, millet, corn, and groundnuts. They are also involved in shea butter extraction. Their houses are rectangular with flat mud roofs and intricate designs imprinted on the walls. Several houses are joined together and create a fortress-like impression. Access to the roof is gained by means of a beam with cut out steps.

The influences of traditional religion and Islam are present, but the Christian churches are on the rise. There is a great openness to Christianity among the Safaliba, and the churches are growing in all age groups. The Roman Catholic Church has the main Christian influence in the area, but there are also a few protestant churches. The churches are still very young, there are no church buildings in the four Safaliba villages. The openness to Bible translation is great as well. Language surveyors have encountered ready cooperation. The authorities are welcoming and cooperative.

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People Name General Safaliba
People Name in Country Safaliba, Safazo
Population in Ghana 8,000
World Population 8,000
Countries 1
Progress Scale 3.1
Least-Reached No
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Safalba, Safali
Affinity Bloc Sub-Saharan Peoples
People Cluster Gur
People Name General Safaliba
Ethnic Code NAB56a
People ID 14633
Country Ghana
Region West and Central Africa
Continent Africa
10/40 Window No
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country West Northern region, west and south of Bole, Mandari, Tanyire, Manfuli, and Gbenfu, villages; settlements in nearby towns of Bote, Sawla, Kalba.   Source:  Ethnologue 2010
Languages & Dialects on file:  1  (up to 20 largest shown)
Safaliba (8,000)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Safaliba 8,000
For Primary Language: Safaliba

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (2003)
New Testament No
Complete Bible No
Resource Format
Audio Bible teaching (GRN) Audio Recordings
Primary Religion: Islam

Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 4.00 %)
10.00 %
Ethnic Religions
20.00 %
0.00 %
70.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %

Christian Segments Percent
0.0 %
10.0 %
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
40.0 %
Roman Catholic
50.0 %
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