Worodougou in Cote d'Ivoire

Joshua Project has identified the Worodougou only in Cote d'Ivoire





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Main Language


Introduction / History

Around 100,000 Worodougous live in 213 villages and towns. Many are subsistence farmers in the small villages, raising rice, corn, yams, cashews and cotton. Some of their children have moved to larger cities. This change has brought them into larger commercial enterprises or small businesses. Some have gone far in French education and gained government positions. High schools are only in the larger towns. Their grandfathers were the first to become Muslims. But in most of the small villages they are "Muslim" in name only. Most don't go to the mosque. It is their mask and spirit/ancestor worship that really holds their attention. People are afraid of sorcerers, death, hell, and their ancestors, and spend most of their money on "protection" of various sorts.

Funerals are a huge expense, with different days of ceremonies, because of the ancestor veneration. In the larger towns and cities madrasa schools and teaching at the mosque--often through the loudspeakers--teaches the Haddith. The Koran is memorized without comprehension except by higher level students. The older men and women, aware of death's closeness, become very religious. They are very regular at prayers. However, they do not have the sharp attention to all the laws as do middle easterners. Whoever has money has to send the oldest relatives to Mecca.

There were 35 known believers around 2000, and now at least 70. The first believers suffered for their faith. Even today many believe, but hesitate to declare it openly for fear of persecution and rejection (they are not counted in the 70). Around 2001 WEC and IMB stepped into a loose partnership to reach the Worodougou. Nigerian Mission Ami trains missionaries in a school in Abidjan, and in early 2005 sent two missionaries here. One is Worodougou. In early 2004, AEECI--the church planted by WEC in Côte d'Ivoire--sent their first missionaries, a couple (Worodougou/Yakouba)to the Worodougou.

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Global Prayer Digest: 2012-02-09
People Name General Worodougou
People Name in Country Worodougou
Population in Cote d'Ivoire 103,000
World Population 103,000
Countries 1
Progress Scale 1.2
Least-Reached Yes
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Jula, Worodougou Jula
Affinity Bloc Sub-Saharan Peoples
People Cluster Malinke-Jula
People Name General Worodougou
Ethnic Code NAB63h
People ID 18801
Country Cote d'Ivoire
Region West and Central Africa
Continent Africa
10/40 Window No
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Northwest region, Séguéla Department.   Source:  Ethnologue 2010
Languages & Dialects on file:  1  (up to 20 largest shown)
Worodougou (103,000)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Worodougou 103,000
For Primary Language: Worodougou

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions No
New Testament No
Complete Bible No
Resource Format
None reported  
Primary Religion: Islam

Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.20 %)
0.80 %
Ethnic Religions
5.00 %
0.00 %
94.20 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %

Christian Segments Percent
0.0 %
20.0 %
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
20.0 %
Roman Catholic
60.0 %
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Map Source: Anonymous  
Profile Source: Anonymous  
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