Country: Benin

Number of People Groups

65

People Groups Unreached

13 (20.0%)

Official
Language

Total
Population

11,390,000

Population in Unreached

2,023,000 (17.8%)

Literacy Rate

89 %

Largest Religion

% Professing Christian

33.5%

% Evangelical

7.47%
Map Notes
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Photo People Group Population
this Country
Global
Population
Indigenous Primary Language Progress
Scale
Primary Religion % Christian
Adherent
%
Evangelical
Aguna 18,000 34,000 Aguna Ethnic Religions 35.00 % 8.00 %
Aja 779,000 988,000 Aja Ethnic Religions 30.00 % 11.00 %
Anii 43,000 60,000 Anii Islam 2.00 % 1.00 %
 Anufo, Chokossi 23,000 206,000 Anufo Islam 10.00 % 5.00 %
 Bariba, Baatoumbu 744,000 977,000 Baatonum Islam 16.40 % 13.00 %
 Biali 128,000 134,000 Biali Ethnic Religions 7.00 % 1.00 %
Boko, Bokonya 119,000 177,000 Boko Ethnic Religions 15.00 % 2.00 %
Burusa, Bulba 2,500 2,500 Notre Ethnic Religions 33.00 % 25.00 %
Cabe 3,000 3,000 Ede Cabe Ethnic Religions 12.00 % 1.00 %
 Coloured 2,200 6,137,000 French Christianity 70.00 % 20.00 %
Deaf Unknown Unknown American Sign Language Ethnic Religions 39.89 % 8.30 %
 Dendi, Dandawa 211,000 333,000 Dendi Islam 0.07 % 0.03 %
Ede Nago 338,000 338,000 Nago, Southern Christianity 66.00 % 5.50 %
Ede Nago, Kura 42,000 42,000 Ede Nago, Kura Islam 10.00 % 1.50 %
 Ewe 149,000 5,625,000 Ewe Christianity 72.70 % 3.00 %
 Fon 2,520,000 2,643,000 Fon Christianity 65.00 % 15.50 %
 Foodo 41,000 42,000 Foodo Islam 0.02 % 0.01 %
 French 31,000 49,762,000 French Christianity 70.00 % 0.50 %
 Fulani, Gorgal 40,000 47,000 Fulfulde, Western Niger Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Fulfulde, Borgu 470,000 575,000 Fulfulde, Borgu Islam 1.40 % 0.80 %
 Ga, Amina 12,000 901,000 Ga Christianity 70.00 % 15.00 %
Gangam 34,000 98,000 Ngangam Ethnic Religions 10.00 % 1.00 %
 Gbe, Ayizo 622,000 622,000 Gbe, Ayizo Christianity 49.00 % 7.00 %
 Gbe, Ci 42,000 42,000 Gbe, Ci Christianity 70.00 % 8.00 %
Gbe, Defi 23,000 23,000 Gbe, Defi Christianity 66.60 % 4.00 %
Gbe, Eastern Xwla 136,000 136,000 Gbe, Eastern Xwla Ethnic Religions 8.00 % 3.00 %
Gbe, Gbesi 110,000 110,000 Gbe, Gbesi Ethnic Religions 45.00 % 1.00 %
Gbe, Kotafon 163,000 163,000 Gbe, Kotafon Ethnic Religions 8.00 % 3.00 %
 Gbe, Maxi 283,000 331,000 Gbe, Maxi Ethnic Religions 34.00 % 4.00 %
 Gbe, Saxwe 231,000 231,000 Gbe, Saxwe Christianity 72.00 % 16.00 %
Gbe, Seto 37,000 37,000 Gun Ethnic Religions 5.00 % 0.50 %
Gbe, Tofin 112,000 112,000 Gbe, Tofin Ethnic Religions 27.00 % 7.00 %
Gbe, Toli 11,000 11,000 Gun Ethnic Religions 5.00 % 2.00 %
 Gbe, Weme 223,000 223,000 Gbe, Weme Ethnic Religions 19.00 % 5.00 %
 Gbe, Western Xwla 76,000 76,000 Gbe, Western Xwla Ethnic Religions 8.00 % 3.00 %
Gbe, Xwela 67,000 67,000 Gbe, Xwela Ethnic Religions 6.00 % 2.00 %
Gen, Mina 103,000 555,000 Gen Christianity 70.00 % 7.00 %
Gourma 48,000 1,426,000 Gourmanchema Ethnic Religions 12.00 % 1.00 %
Gun 423,000 871,000 Gun Christianity 66.60 % 8.00 %
 Hausa 1,086,000 43,090,000 Hausa Islam 0.10 % 0.04 %
Ica 107,000 107,000 Ede Ica Ethnic Religions 6.00 % 0.30 %
 Idaca 174,000 174,000 Ede Idaca Ethnic Religions 7.00 % 0.70 %
Ife 36,000 214,000 Ife Ethnic Religions 34.00 % 15.00 %
Ije, Holi 122,000 122,000 Ede Ije Ethnic Religions 6.00 % 1.00 %
 Kabiye 12,000 1,187,000 Kabiye Ethnic Religions 18.00 % 3.00 %
Kambole, Manigri Nago 52,000 107,000 Nago, Northern Islam 10.00 % 1.00 %
 Kotokoli, Tem 18,000 420,000 Tem Islam 9.00 % 0.80 %
 Kyanga 2,000 17,000 Kyanga Ethnic Religions 1.00 % 0.10 %
Lama 89,000 350,000 Lama Ethnic Religions 12.00 % 5.00 %
Lukpa 110,000 130,000 Lukpa Ethnic Religions 10.00 % 3.00 %
 Mandingo, Mandinka 12,000 1,932,000 Mandinka Islam 1.00 % 0.30 %
 Mbelime, Niendi 74,000 77,000 Mbelime Ethnic Religions 15.00 % 5.00 %
Mokole 28,000 28,000 Mokole Ethnic Religions 12.00 % 0.83 %
 Mossi 38,000 11,143,000 Moore Islam 35.00 % 9.00 %
 Natemba 80,000 80,000 Nateni Ethnic Religions 7.00 % 4.00 %
 Otammari 116,000 153,000 Ditammari Ethnic Religions 14.00 % 4.00 %
Pila, Kpila 444,000 444,000 Yom Ethnic Religions 15.00 % 3.00 %
Piyobe 1,800 18,000 Miyobe Ethnic Religions 6.00 % 0.60 %
 Songhai-Koyraboro 8,600 1,698,000 Songhay, Koyraboro Senni Islam 0.81 % 0.20 %
Tchumbuli 4,100 4,100 Tchumbuli Christianity 50.00 % 5.00 %
 Waama, Yoabou 90,000 90,000 Waama Ethnic Religions 10.00 % 2.00 %
 Watchi 48,000 860,000 Gbe, Waci Ethnic Religions 2.00 % 1.50 %
 Yoruba 99,000 36,036,000 Yoruba Islam 45.30 % 13.00 %
Yoruba, Idassa 66,000 66,000 Yoruba Christianity 43.70 % 6.00 %
 Zarma 12,000 3,832,000 Zarma Islam 2.00 % 0.80 %
  Totals:  65 11,390,000       13   33.50 % 7.47 %
  Unclassified / Other Individuals 69,000              
  UN Country Population (2017) 11,459,000              
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Language Code # Peoples
Primary
Language
# Unreached
Primary
Language
Scripture
Status
NT Text
Online
NT Audio
Online
Jesus Film
Online
Audio
Recordings
Online
Gospel
Tract
Online
Aguna aug 1 0
Aja ajg 1 0 Bible Portions
American Sign Language ase 1 0 New Testament
Anii blo 1 1
Anufo cko 1 0 New Testament
Baatonum bba 1 0 Complete Bible
Biali beh 1 0 Bible Portions
Boko bqc 1 0 Complete Bible
Dendi ddn 1 1 New Testament
Ditammari tbz 1 0 Complete Bible
Ede Cabe cbj 1 0
Ede Ica ica 1 0
Ede Idaca idd 1 0
Ede Ije ijj 1 0
Ede Nago, Kura nqk 1 0
Ewe ewe 1 0 Complete Bible
Fon fon 1 0 Complete Bible
Foodo fod 1 1 Bible Portions
French fra 2 0 Complete Bible
Fulfulde, Borgu fue 1 1 New Testament
Fulfulde, Western Niger fuh 1 1 Bible Portions
Ga gaa 1 0 Complete Bible
Gbe, Ayizo ayb 1 0
Gbe, Ci cib 1 0
Gbe, Defi gbh 1 0
Gbe, Eastern Xwla gbx 1 0
Gbe, Gbesi gbs 1 0
Gbe, Kotafon kqk 1 0
Gbe, Maxi mxl 1 0
Gbe, Saxwe sxw 1 0 Bible Portions
Gbe, Tofin tfi 1 0
Gbe, Waci wci 1 1
Gbe, Weme wem 1 0
Gbe, Western Xwla xwl 1 0
Gbe, Xwela xwe 1 0
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
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 New Testament
Moore mos 1 0 Complete Bible
Nago, Northern xkb 1 0
Nago, Southern nqg 1 0
Nateni ntm 1 0 Bible Portions
Ngangam gng 1 0 New Testament
Notre bly 1 0
Songhay, Koyraboro Senni ses 1 1 New Testament
Tchumbuli bqa 1 0
Tem kdh 1 0 Bible Portions
Waama wwa 1 0 New Testament
Yom pil 1 0 New Testament
Yoruba yor 2 0 Complete Bible
Zarma dje 1 1 Complete Bible
Totals: 61 65 13   12 26 33 56 4

RELIGIONS Percent
Buddhism
0.0 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 7.5 %)
33.5 %
Ethnic Religions
37.4 %
Hinduism
0.0 %
Islam
28.6 %
Non-Religious
0.2 %
Other / Small Religions
0.3 %
Unknown
0.0 %

CHRISTIAN SEGMENTS Percent
Anglican
0.0 %
Independent
19.2 %
Orthodox
0.0 %
Other Christian
3.3 %
Protestant
14.6 %
Roman Catholic
62.3 %
Notes:

Major Religions: Religion percentages are derived from summing Joshua Project's data for all people groups who live in each country. The number of individuals who practice each religion, by people group, are summed. This number is divided by the country's total population to derive the religion's percentage.

Christianity Segments: Christian segment percentages are derived from summing Joshua Project's data for all the people groups who live in each country. The number of individuals who practice each segment of Christianity, by people group, are summed. This number is divided by the country's total number of Christians to derive the Christian segment's percentage.

Networking Possibilities

Search the Web
There are many agencies and churches looking for additional staff to help them in their mission and calling in Benin. Internet searches are probably the best way to find these organizations. The following are some example search topics you might try:

  • Church planting agencies in Benin
  • Christian ministry in Benin
  • Business as mission
  • Christian literature distribution
  • Evangelism agencies
  • Christian discipleship
  • Short term Christian missions
  • Long term Christian missions
  • Urban ministries
  • Christian media opportunities
  • Bible translation opportunities
  • Relief and development agencies
  • Clean water projects
  • Christian medical outreaches

Ministry Listing
Below is a partial list of ministries that may work in Benin or West and Central Africa. The lists below do not include all ministries at work in this country or region. This data is from circa 2006-2008 and is not being maintained by Joshua Project. There are likely many excellent ministries not listed here. Inclusion here is not an endorsement by Joshua Project.

In West and Central Africa Size
ABWE (Association of Baptists for World Evangelism) Large
Action International Ministries Medium
Advancing Renewal Ministries, Inc. Medium
Anglican Frontier Missions Small
Assemblies of God World Missions Large
Association of Free Lutheran Congregations, World Missions Medium
Awana Clubs, International Medium
Baptist Bible Fellowship, International Medium
Baptist International Missions, Inc. (BIMI) Medium
Baptist Mid-Missions Medium
BCM International Medium
Bible League Medium
Campus Crusade for Christ, International Large
Child Evangelism Fellowship Medium
Church of God of Prophecy Medium
Church of the Nazarene World Mission Department Medium
Church World Service Medium
Cooperative Baptist Fellowship Medium
EFCA International Mission Medium
EQUIP Foundation Small
Evangelical Covenant Church Medium
Every Home for Christ Medium
Final Frontiers Foundation Large
Free Methodist World Missions Medium
Friends in Action, International Small
Galcom International Small
Global Partners / Wesleyan World Missions Medium
Globe International Medium
GO International Small
Go Ye Fellowship Medium
Good News Productions Medium
Heart of God Ministries Medium
Hope for the Hungry Medium
InterComm Small
Josue Yrion World Evangelism and Missions Small
Mailbox Club International Small
Middle East Media Medium
Open Bible Churches Small
Pentecostal Church of God World Missions Small
Scripture Union Medium
Seventh-day Adventists General Conference Medium
Silent Word Ministries Small
Southern Baptist Convention - International Mission Board Large
Talking Bibles International Small
Team Expansion Medium
Tentmakers International Small
United Methodist Church Medium
United Pentecostal Church Foreign Missions Medium
United World Mission Medium
Worldwide Tentmakers, Incorporated Small
Young Life Medium
Youth with a Mission Large
Benin Statistics
People Groups 65
Unreached People Groups 13  (20.0%)
Population 11,390,000
Population in Unreached 2,023,000  (17.8%)
Pioneer Workers Needed * 47 to 64
Urbanization 44%
Continent Africa
Region West and Central Africa
10/40 Window Yes
Country Code BN
Official National Language French
Literacy Rate 89%
Estimated Illiterate Population 1,253,000
Primary Religion Christianity
Percent Christian Adherent 33.5%
Percent Evangelical 7.5%
Country Progress Level 4
Persecution Ranking Not ranked
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