Country: Benin

Number of People Groups

63

People Groups Unreached

13 (20.6%)

Progress Level

Progress Gauge

Total
Population

12,747,000

Population in Unreached

2,387,000 (18.7%)

Largest Religion

% Christian Adherent

31.57%

% Evangelical

7.47%

Evangelical Annual Growth Rate

4.3%
Map Notes
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Photo People Group Population
this Country
Global
Population
Indigenous Primary Language Primary Religion Progress
Scale
% Christian
Adherent
% Evangelical Est. Workers
Needed *
 Aguna 20,000 38,000 Aguna Ethnic Religions 35.00 % 8.00 % -
Aja 1,020,000 1,261,000 Aja Ethnic Religions 30.00 % 11.00 % -
 Anii 48,000 68,000 Anii Islam 2.00 % 1.00 % 1
 Anufo, Chokossi 26,000 234,000 Anufo Islam 10.00 % 5.00 % -
 Batonu, Baruba 979,000 1,417,000 Baatonum Islam 16.40 % 13.00 % -
 Biali 171,000 181,000 Biali Ethnic Religions 7.00 % 1.00 % -
Boko, Bokonya 132,000 197,000 Boko Ethnic Religions 15.00 % 2.00 % -
Burusa, Bulba 2,800 2,800 Notre Ethnic Religions 33.00 % 25.00 % -
Cabe 3,300 3,300 Ede Cabe Ethnic Religions 12.00 % 1.00 % -
 Deaf 128,000 48,824,000 American Sign Language Christianity 39.89 % -
 Dendi, Dandawa 282,000 431,000 Dendi Islam 0.07 % 0.03 % 6
Ede Nago 374,000 374,000 Nago, Southern Christianity 66.00 % 5.50 % -
Ede Nago, Kura 46,000 46,000 Ede Nago, Kura Islam 10.00 % 1.50 % -
 Ewe 165,000 6,337,000 Ewe Christianity 72.70 % 3.00 % -
 Fon 2,043,000 2,183,000 Fon Christianity 65.00 % 18.31 % -
 Foodo 46,000 47,000 Foodo Islam 0.02 % 0.01 % 1
 French 34,000 50,956,000 French Christianity 70.00 % 0.50 % -
 Fulani, Western 44,000 1,977,000 Fulfulde, Western Niger Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Fulfulde, Borgu 667,000 788,000 Fulfulde, Borgu Islam 1.40 % 0.80 % 13
 Ga, Amina 13,000 1,012,000 Ga Christianity 70.00 % 15.00 % -
Gangam 37,000 110,000 Ngangam Ethnic Religions 10.00 % 1.00 % -
 Gbe, Ayizo 510,000 510,000 Gbe, Ayizo Christianity 49.00 % 7.00 % -
 Gbe, Ci 47,000 47,000 Gbe, Ci Christianity 70.00 % 8.00 % -
Gbe, Defi 25,000 25,000 Gbe, Defi Christianity 66.60 % 4.00 % -
Gbe, Eastern Xwla 151,000 151,000 Gbe, Eastern Xwla Ethnic Religions 8.00 % 3.00 % -
Gbe, Gbesi 122,000 122,000 Gbe, Gbesi Ethnic Religions 45.00 % 1.00 % -
 Gbe, Kotafon 170,000 170,000 Gbe, Kotafon Ethnic Religions 8.00 % 3.00 % -
 Gbe, Maxi 378,000 433,000 Gbe, Maxi Ethnic Religions 34.00 % 4.00 % -
 Gbe, Saxwe 308,000 308,000 Gbe, Saxwe Christianity 72.00 % 16.00 % -
Gbe, Seto 41,000 41,000 Gun Ethnic Religions 5.00 % 0.50 % 1
Gbe, Tofin 150,000 150,000 Gbe, Tofin Ethnic Religions 27.00 % 7.00 % -
Gbe, Toli 12,000 12,000 Gun Ethnic Religions 5.00 % 2.00 % 1
 Gbe, Weme 298,000 298,000 Gbe, Weme Ethnic Religions 19.00 % 5.00 % -
 Gbe, Western Xwla 84,000 84,000 Gbe, Western Xwla Ethnic Religions 8.00 % 3.00 % -
Gbe, Xwela 89,000 89,000 Gbe, Xwela Ethnic Religions 6.00 % 2.00 % -
Gen, Mina 137,000 656,000 Gen Christianity 70.00 % 7.00 % -
 Gourma 64,000 1,645,000 Gourmanchema Ethnic Religions 12.00 % 1.00 % -
Gun 690,000 1,194,000 Gun Christianity 66.60 % 8.00 % -
 Hausa 1,144,000 53,322,000 Hausa Islam 0.10 % 0.05 % 23
Ica 118,000 118,000 Ede Ica Ethnic Religions 6.00 % 0.30 % -
 Idaca 179,000 179,000 Ede Idaca Ethnic Religions 7.00 % 0.70 % -
Ife 48,000 253,000 Ife Ethnic Religions 34.00 % 15.00 % -
Ije, Holi 162,000 162,000 Ede Ije Ethnic Religions 6.00 % 1.00 % -
 Kabiye 14,000 1,378,000 Kabiye Ethnic Religions 18.00 % 3.00 % -
Kambole, Manigri Nago 57,000 121,000 Nago, Northern Islam 10.00 % 1.00 % -
 Kotokoli, Tem 19,000 477,000 Tem Islam 9.00 % 0.80 % -
 Kyanga 2,200 28,000 Kyanga Ethnic Religions 1.00 % 0.10 % 1
Lama 98,000 398,000 Lama Ethnic Religions 12.00 % 5.00 % -
Lukpa 147,000 170,000 Lukpa Ethnic Religions 10.00 % 3.00 % -
 Mandingo, Mandinka 13,000 2,274,000 Mandinka Islam 1.00 % 0.30 % 1
 Mbelime, Niendi 81,000 84,000 Mbelime Ethnic Religions 15.00 % 5.00 % -
Mokole 38,000 38,000 Mokole Islam 12.00 % 0.83 % -
 Mossi 42,000 13,152,000 Moore Islam 35.00 % 9.00 % -
 Natemba 107,000 107,000 Nateni Ethnic Religions 7.00 % 4.00 % -
 Otammari 156,000 198,000 Ditammari Ethnic Religions 14.00 % 4.00 % -
Pila, Kpila 331,000 331,000 Yom Ethnic Religions 15.00 % 3.00 % -
Piyobe 2,000 20,000 Miyobe Ethnic Religions 6.00 % 0.60 % -
 Songhai-Koyraboro 9,500 2,106,000 Songhay, Koyraboro Senni Islam 0.81 % 0.20 % 1
Tchumbuli 4,600 4,600 Tchumbuli Christianity 50.00 % 5.00 % -
 Waama, Yoabou 120,000 143,000 Waama Ethnic Religions 10.00 % 2.00 % -
 Watchi 64,000 992,000 Gbe, Waci Ethnic Religions 2.00 % 1.50 % 1
 Yoruba 220,000 38,792,000 Yoruba Islam 45.30 % 13.00 % -
 Zarma 14,000 4,921,000 Zarma Islam 2.00 % 0.80 % 1
  Totals:  63 12,747,000         13 31.57 % 7.47 % 52 
  Unclassified / Other Individuals 38,000                
  UN Country Population (2022) 12,785,000                

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Province Estimated
Population
Alibori 1,029,000
Atakora 917,000
Atlantique 1,660,000
Borgou 1,441,000
Collines 851,000
Donga 645,000
Kouffo 885,000
Littoral 806,000
Mono 590,000
Ouémé 1,306,000
Plateau 739,000
Zou 1,012,000
Provinces:  12 11,881,000
UN Country Population 12,785,000
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Language Code # Peoples
w/ this Primary
Language
# Unreached
w/ this Primary
Language
Scripture
Status
NT Text
Online
NT Audio
Online
Jesus Film
Online
Audio
Recordings
Online
Gospel
Tract
Online
Aguna aug 1 0 Translation Needed
Aja ajg 1 0 Bible Portions
American Sign Language ase 1 0 Complete Bible
Anii blo 1 1 Bible Portions
Anufo cko 1 0 New Testament
Baatonum bba 1 0 Complete Bible
Biali beh 1 0 New Testament
Boko bqc 1 0 Complete Bible
Dendi ddn 1 1 New Testament
Ditammari tbz 1 0 Complete Bible
Ede Cabe cbj 1 0 Bible Portions
Ede Ica ica 1 0 Translation Started
Ede Idaca idd 1 0 New Testament
Ede Ije ijj 1 0 Translation Started
Ede Nago, Kura nqk 1 0 Translation Started
Ewe ewe 1 0 Complete Bible
Fon fon 1 0 Complete Bible
Foodo fod 1 1 Bible Portions
French fra 1 0 Complete Bible
Fulfulde, Borgu fue 1 1 New Testament
Fulfulde, Western Niger fuh 1 1 New Testament
Ga gaa 1 0 Complete Bible
Gbe, Ayizo ayb 1 0 Translation Needed
Gbe, Ci cib 1 0 Translation Started
Gbe, Defi gbh 1 0 Translation Started
Gbe, Eastern Xwla gbx 1 0 Translation Started
Gbe, Gbesi gbs 1 0 Translation Started
Gbe, Kotafon kqk 1 0 Translation Needed
Gbe, Maxi mxl 1 0 Bible Portions
Gbe, Saxwe sxw 1 0 Bible Portions
Gbe, Tofin tfi 1 0 Translation Started
Gbe, Waci wci 1 1 Translation Started
Gbe, Weme wem 1 0 Translation Started
Gbe, Western Xwla xwl 1 0 Translation Needed
Gbe, Xwela xwe 1 0 Translation Started
Gen gej 1 0 Complete Bible
Gourmanchema gux 1 0 Complete Bible
Gun guw 3 2 Complete Bible
Hausa hau 1 1 Complete Bible
Ife ife 1 0 New Testament
Kabiye kbp 1 0 Complete Bible
Kyanga tye 1 1 Bible Portions
Lama las 1 0 New Testament
Lukpa dop 1 0 Complete Bible
Mandinka mnk 1 1 Complete Bible
Mbelime mql 1 0 Bible Portions
Miyobe soy 1 0 New Testament
Mokole mkl 1 0 Complete Bible
Moore mos 1 0 Complete Bible
Nago, Northern xkb 1 0 Translation Started
Nago, Southern nqg 1 0 Translation Started
Nateni ntm 1 0 New Testament
Ngangam gng 1 0 New Testament
Notre bly 1 0 Translation Needed
Songhay, Koyraboro Senni ses 1 1 New Testament
Tchumbuli bqa 1 0 Translation Started
Tem kdh 1 0 New Testament
Waama wwa 1 0 New Testament
Yom pil 1 0 Complete Bible
Yoruba yor 1 0 Complete Bible
Zarma dje 1 1 Complete Bible
Totals: 61 63 13   16 33 33 56 0
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Benin Statistics
People Groups 63
Unreached People Groups 13  (20.6%)
Population 12,747,000
Population Annual Growth Rate 2.6%
Population in Unreached 2,387,000  (18.7%)
Primary Religion Christianity
Percent Christian Adherent 31.6%
Percent Evangelical 7.5%
Evangelical Annual Growth Rate 4.3%
Pioneer Workers Needed * 52
Country Progress Level 4
Urbanization 47%
Continent Africa
Region Africa, West and Central
10/40 Window Yes
Country Code BN
Official Language(s) French
Literacy Rate 42%
Estimated Illiterate Population 7,393,000
Persecution Ranking Not ranked
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