The Fon are a large West African people group. Their ancestors were with the 17th century Dahomey Kingdom. The Fon are closely related to the Aja people, whom they broke away from during a dispute regarding a king.
In the 1700s the slave trade was prominent in the parts of West Africa where the Fon live. They were both victims and victimizers. Some Fon people were captured and enslaved while others did the same to neighboring tribes.
Starting in the mid 1800s, France had extensive colonial holdings in much of West Africa. Those areas included places where the Fon people lived. When France lost her colonies after WWII and they needed help rebuilding, Africans were often allowed to come to France. Fon and other peoples came to France, and they live there to this day. However, most live in Benin, but they also live in Gabon, Ghana and Togo.
Like the ethnic groups around them, the Fon people grow okra, yams, maize, taro, millet, sesame, sorghum and cotton. Owning cattle is a sign of wealth. They have markets to sell their goods once or twice a week. Women are more active than men in market activities. They also sell bush meat and crafts on market days. The Fon people are known for their wooden statues which are often used for ancestral worship.
Officially the Fon people are Christian. Like other Christians in West Africa, their version of Christianity is clouded by animistic practices.
Like other Christianized peoples in West Africa, the Fon need to center their spiritual lives around Jesus Christ and him crucified. They need to put all their faith in the one who has victory over death and sin.
Pray for the Fon people to put all their faith in Jesus Christ instead of ancestral spirits.
Pray for the Lord to give them an abundant harvest this year, and for them to respond with gratitude to the Lord.
Pray for a powerful disciple making movement among every Fon community in Africa.
Scripture Prayers for the Fon in Benin.
|Profile Source: Joshua Project|
|People Name General||Fon|
|People Name in Country||Fon|
|Alternate Names||Dahomean; Fo; Fogbe; Kotafon|
|Population this Country||2,192,000|
|Population all Countries||2,338,000|
|Progress Scale||5 ●|
|Frontier People Group||No|
|GSEC||1 (per PeopleGroups.org)|
|Pioneer Workers Needed|
|Region||Africa, West and Central|
|National Bible Society||Website|
|Persecution Rank||Not ranked|
|Location in Country||Widespread. Atlantique, Littoral and Zou departments. Source: Ethnologue 2016|
Primary Language: Fon
|Bible Translation ▲||Status (Years)|
|Bible-New Testament||Yes (1994)|
|Possible Print Bibles|
|Forum Bible Agencies|
|National Bible Societies|
|World Bible Finder|
|Resource Type ▲||Resource Name||Source|
|Audio Recordings||Audio Bible teaching||Global Recordings Network|
|Audio Recordings||Oral Bible stories||Story Runners|
|Audio Recordings||Story of Jesus audio||Jesus Film Project|
|Film / Video||Jesus Film: view in Fon||Jesus Film Project|
|Film / Video||LUMO film of Gospels||Bible Media Group/LUMO|
|Film / Video||Magdalena video||Jesus Film Project|
|Film / Video||Walking with Jesus video||Jesus Film Project|
|Film / Video||World Christian Videos||World Christian Videos|
|General||Bible for Children||Bible for Children|
|General||Faith Comes By Hearing - Bible in text, audio, video||Faith Comes by Hearing|
|General||Gospel resources links||Scripture Earth|
|General||YouVersion Bible versions in text and/or audio||YouVersion Bibles|
|Mobile App||Android Bible app: Fon||YouVersion Bibles|
|Mobile App||Download audio Bible app as APK file||Faith Comes by Hearing|
|Mobile App||Download audio Bible app from Google Play Store||Faith Comes by Hearing|
|Mobile App||iOS Bible app: Fon||YouVersion Bibles|
|Text / Printed Matter||Children and youth resources||One Hope|
|Text / Printed Matter||Jesus Messiah comic book||General / Other|
|Text / Printed Matter||Literacy primer for Fon||Literacy & Evangelism International|
|Text / Printed Matter||Topical Scripture booklets and Bible studies||World Missionary Press|