Vagla, Vagala in Ghana





Largest Religion

Main Language


Introduction / History

The Vagla people live in an area of about 800 square miles. The area is a crescent shaped chain of villages on the road linking Dabori, Tuna (the chief town), Swala, and Grup, in Bole district. Birifors and Ginjas share the villages with the Vagla people. The Vagla are farmers who live in compounds in villages. The compounds are joined together so the Vagla village appears to be a single construction. They raise yams, guinea corn, beans, groundnuts, okra, pepper and pumpkins. Often young men and women migrate in search of cash incomes, usually to Ivory Coast and Burkina Faso.

The people separated from the Sisaala over a quarrel about a fetish ceremony. They left the Sisaala region and most have settled in this Vagla region. This is thought to have occurred in the 1600's so the Vagla have been in their present homeland for over 3 centuries. Islam is quite strong in surrounding areas and was introduced to the Vagla before 1900. However Islam faces resistance because it is the religion of the dominant tribes in the area, the Gonjas. Christianity was introduced in 1942 and since then churches have been planted in the area.

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People Name General Vagla
People Name in Country Vagla, Vagala
Population in Ghana 18,000
World Population 18,000
Countries 2
Progress Scale 3.2
Least-Reached No
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Paxala
Affinity Bloc Sub-Saharan Peoples
People Cluster Gur
People Name General Vagla
Ethnic Code NAB56a
People ID 15761
Country Ghana
Region West and Central Africa
Continent Africa
10/40 Window No
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country West central, Northern Province, Damongo District, near Sawla.   Source:  Ethnologue 2010

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Enthologue Language Map

Languages & Dialects on file:  1  (up to 20 largest shown)
Vagla (18,000)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Vagla 18,000
For Primary Language: Vagla

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1969-2003)
New Testament Yes   (1977-2009)
Complete Bible No
Audio Bible Online
Resource Format
Audio Bible teaching (GRN) Audio Recordings
God's Story Video Film / Video
Jesus Film: view in Vagla Film / Video
Online New Testament (FCBH) Audio Recordings
Primary Religion: Ethnic Religions

Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 12.00 %)
40.00 %
Ethnic Religions
55.00 %
0.00 %
5.00 %
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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