Nzema, Appolo in Ghana

Largest Religion
Main Language
Progress Gauge

Introduction / History

The Nzima people of Ghana and southern Cote d'Ivoire live in a tropical rainforest fringed by a coastal lagoon. The nearby city of Abidjan, the country's economic capital, is also home to many of them. The majority of people earn a living from agriculture. Some are subsistence farmers, living off what they raise in their own fields. Others work in agricultural cooperatives that grow palm oil, coconut, cassava or bananas. Still others work for large producers of rubber and palm oil.

Christian workers from Africa and Europe brought the Gospel to the Nzema people about 100 years ago. Today a large percentage profess Christianity but also follow the rules of animistic traditions deeply ingrained in their cultures. Those strong in their faith often face daily pressures from those who insist on using fetishes - objects believed to have supernatural powers, or in particular, a man - made object that has power over others - to ward off evil spirits. Nzema Christians are working to translate the Bible. The Word of God in Nzema will give Christians the grounding in their faith they have lacked. Strengthened as Christ's disciples, they will be equipped to share His Good News with their animist neighbors and resist animist influences themselves. Scriptures set to music will enhance worship. This exemplary grass roots effort may well spark new, church-led Bible translations in other parts of Cote d'Ivoire.

Profile Source:   Anonymous  

People Name General Nzema, Appolo
People Name in Country Nzema, Appolo
Population in Ghana 331,000
World Population 441,000
Total Countries 2
Indigenous Yes
Unreached No
Progress Scale 5
GSEC 5  (per
Alternate Names Apolo, Appolo, Ndenye, Nzema, Nzima
People ID 10370
ROP3 Code 100420
Country Ghana
Region West and Central Africa
Continent Africa
10/40 Window No
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Western region: Jomoro district. Southwesternmost corner.   Source:  Ethnologue 2016
Country Ghana
Region West and Central Africa
Continent Africa
10/40 Window No
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Western region: Jomoro district. Southwesternmost corner..   Source:  Ethnologue 2016

No people group map currently available. Use the above button to submit a map.

Ethnologue Language Map

Primary Language: Nzema (331,000 speakers)   (People group listing)
Language Code: nzi   Ethnologue Listing
Written: Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages: 1
Primary Language: Nzema (331,000 speakers)   People group listing
Language Code: nzi   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
Primary Language: Nzema

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1984)
New Testament Yes   (1985)
Complete Bible Yes   (1999)
Audio Bible Online
Possible Print Bibles
Forum of Bible Agencies
Gospel Go
World Bible Finder
World Bibles
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio Recordings Online New Testament (FCBH)
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Nzema
Text / Printed Matter World Missionary Press Booklets
Primary Religion: Christianity
Religion Subdivision: Independent

Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 24.00 %)
98.00 %
Ethnic Religions
2.00 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %
Christian Segments Percent
0.0 %
50.0 %
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
20.0 %
Roman Catholic
30.0 %
Profile Source: Anonymous  
Data Sources: Data is compiled from various sources. Read more

Copyright © 2017 Joshua Project.  A ministry of Frontier Ventures.