Anufo in Togo

Main Language
Largest Religion
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Introduction / History

The Anufo trace their roots to an area in present-day Cote d'Ivoire which they call Anou or Ano. Hence, they refer to themselves and their language as Anufo, meaning "people of Anu." It appears that migrations in the early 1700s brought together Mande horsemen and their malams from the North and Akan peoples from the East.

Together with the indigenous Ndenyi people, they were amalgamated into one people with a mixed language and culture. In the mid 1700s, a small band of mercenaries left Anu to assist the chiefs of the Gonja and Mamprusi peoples in present day Ghana. The band consisted of Mande horsemen, Akan musket-toting foot soldiers, and some Muslim scholar amulet-makers. These groups provided the basis for a society divided into three classes or estates: nobles, commoners and Muslims.

Eventually, the small army established a camp on the shores of the Oti River where the town of Mango in Togo stands today. Since they were warriors and not farmers, they made their living by conducting raids into nearby farming communities. This provided them with wives and slaves as well as foodstuffs and livestock. Eventually the people settled in the surrounding farming communities where they assimilated with the local people.

The Anufo in Ghana currently inhabit an area of savannah grassland in the north-eastern part of Ghana.

What Are Their Lives Like?

The soil they farm is poor. Men and women work together for many tasks. They harvest together as a community. Markets in the area follow a six day cycle, and they provide social interaction as well as economic activity. People bring their local produce to sell in order to buy such things as soup ingredients (women) or bicycle parts (young men). It is a patrilineal society.

What Are Their Beliefs?

More than 75 per cent of this group are devoted to ethnic religions. Islam also has a firm grip on many of them. Fortunately, the church has seen some growth among the Anufo people, so there are believers among them. The good news is that in 2007, the Anufo New Testament became available in their language for the first time.

What Are Their Needs?

The Anufo people need better farming techniques and modern irrigation so they can enjoy a large yield of crops.

Prayer Points

Pray for the Lord to provide them with a huge harvest this year as a testimony of his mercy and love.
Pray for the Church to win, equip and send workers to the Anufo people in Togo.
Pray for a Holy Spirit-led hunger for righteousness and truth.
Pray this will be the decade when there is a massive movement to Christ among the Anufo people of Togo.

Scripture Prayers for the Anufo in Togo.

Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

Additional Info
Global Prayer Digest: 2015-02-23
People Name General Anufo
People Name in Country Anufo
Population this Country 94,000
Population all Countries 241,000
Total Countries 3
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group No
GSEC 1  (per
Pioneer Workers Needed 2
Alternate Names Chakosi; Tchokos; Tchokosi; Tchokossi
People ID 10355
ROP3 Code 100396
Country Togo
Region Africa, West and Central
Continent Africa
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Savanes region: Oti prefecture, Mango town area southwest.   Source:  Ethnologue 2016
Country Togo
Region Africa, West and Central
Continent Africa
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Savanes region: Oti prefecture, Mango town area southwest..   Source:  Ethnologue 2016
Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 1.10 %)
2.30 %
Ethnic Religions
22.00 %
0.00 %
75.70 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %
Primary Language Anufo (94,000 speakers)
Language Code cko   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Anufo (94,000 speakers)
Language Code cko   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Anufo

Primary Language:  Anufo

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1993)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (2006-2010)
Bible-Complete No
Bible-NT Audio Online
Possible Print Bibles
World Bibles
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
Virtual Storehouse
Resource Type Resource Name Source
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching Global Recordings Network
Audio Recordings Online New Testament Faith Comes by Hearing
Audio Recordings Oral Bible Stories Story Runners
Film / Video God's Story video God's Story
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Anufo Jesus Film Project
Film / Video LUMO film of Gospels Bible Media Group/LUMO
General Gospel resources links Scripture Earth
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
Text / Printed Matter Bible: Anufo YouVersion Bibles
Text / Printed Matter Literacy primer for Anufo Literacy & Evangelism International
Photo Source Copyrighted © 2023  Kerry Olson  All rights reserved.  Used with permission
Map Source Bryan Nicholson / cartoMission  
Profile Source Joshua Project  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more