Ganadougou, Gana in Mali

Joshua Project has identified the Ganadougou, Gana only in Mali





Largest Religion

Main Language


Introduction / History

The Gana (also called Ganadugu or Ganadougou) have an estimated population of 80,000. They created their own culture, which seems to be a mixture of the Fulani, Senufo and Bambara cultures. They are a very independent people and speak a form of Bambara, though they consider themselves to be culturally distinct from the Bambara.

What Are Their Beliefs?

The Gana are Islam in name, animism in practice.

There are two known Christian families, and one known church. Two missionary units with Christian Missionary Alliance are working in 11 Gana villages.

What Are Their Needs?

An FM radio station reaches all the villages and has at least one gospel broadcast per day, but none in the Gana language.

Suggestions and rationale for engaging this people group: This is a possibility for an Engaging Church. It is recommended that teams of prayer walkers come to lay groundwork. More research is needed to identify specific villages, but the recommended strategic location for future work among the Gana is in Mena, where there has never been a missionary presence or church.

Teams would face remote and primitive living conditions.

The Gana risk persecution from their family and friends if they convert to Christianity. Several families are already experiencing persecution.

There is potential for partnering with Christian Missionary Alliance and the radio station that broadcasts Christian programs. There is the possibility of using radio to do religious broadcasts in Bambara (a language spoken by some Gana) and to possibly create Chronological Bible Storying tapes.

Profile Source:   IMB 

Expanded PDF Profile

People Name General Ganadougou, Gana
People Name in Country Ganadougou, Gana
Population in Mali 140,000
World Population 140,000
Countries 1
Progress Scale 2.2
Least-Reached No
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names
Affinity Bloc Sub-Saharan Peoples
People Cluster Malinke-Bambara
People Name General Ganadougou, Gana
Ethnic Code NAB63a
People ID 19249
Country Mali
Region West and Central Africa
Continent Africa
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 40  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)

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Enthologue Language Map

Languages & Dialects on file:  1  (up to 20 largest shown)
Bamanankan (140,000)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Bamanankan 140,000
For Primary Language: Bamanankan

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1923-1942)
New Testament Yes   (1933)
Complete Bible Yes   (1961-1987)
Audio Bible Online
Resource Format
Audio Bible teaching (GRN) Audio Recordings
Bible Visuals General
Four Spiritual Laws General
God's Story Video Film / Video
Jesus Film: view in Bamanankan Film / Video
Online New Testament (FCBH) Audio Recordings
The Hope Video Film / Video
Primary Religion: Islam

Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.60 %)
15.00 %
Ethnic Religions
30.00 %
0.00 %
55.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %

Christian Segments Percent
0.0 %
0.0 %
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
20.0 %
Roman Catholic
80.0 %
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Profile Source: IMB 
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