Nafana Banda in Côte d'Ivoire

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Introduction / History

Nafaanra is the language of the Nafana people. They are located along the Ivory Coast border, northwest of Wenchi, and south of the Volta in Brong Ahafo Region. The chief towns of the region are Banda and Sampa. They are predominantly farmers with main cash crops of yams and calabashes. Crops for local consumption include corn, millet, beans, groundnut and okra.

They often migrate in a quest for a trade, education, a salaried job or to maybe to escape witchcraft. Several traditions suggest that the Nafana people are comprised of several migrating groups including Muslims. However in 1894 a treaty with Britain enabled them to settle in Ghana and brought an end to their wanderings. People are attracted to Christianity by processions, singing, and the Christian funeral customs, however they are put off by Christian rules about drunkenness and polygamy. They are attracted to Muslims' demonstrations of mutual loyalty and brotherly love, however they are put of by the strict Muslim rules governing animal slaughter.

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Scripture Prayers for the Banda, Nafana in Côte d'Ivoire.

Profile Source:   Anonymous  

People Name General Banda, Nafana
People Name in Country Banda, Nafana
Natural Name Nafana Banda
Pronunciation nah-FAH-nah BAHN-dah
Alternate Names Banafo; Banda; Nafana; Senufo
Population this Country 4,900
Population all Countries 110,000
Total Countries 2
Indigenous No
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group No
GSEC 1  (per
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
People ID 10636
ROP3 Code 100951
Map of Banda, Nafana in Côte d'Ivoire Ethnolinguistic map or other map

Primary Religion: Ethnic Religions
Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.90 %)
5.00 %
Ethnic Religions
90.00 %
0.00 %
5.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %
Primary Language Nafaanra
Language Code nfr   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Nafaanra
Language Code nfr   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Nafaanra

Primary Language:  Nafaanra

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1982-2000)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1984)
Bible-Complete Yes  (2015)
Bible-NT Audio Online
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Resource Type Resource Name Source
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching Global Recordings Network
Film / Video God's Story video God's Story
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Nafaanra Jesus Film Project
Film / Video LUMO film of Gospels Bible Media Group/LUMO
General Faith Comes By Hearing - Bible in text, audio, video Faith Comes by Hearing
General Gospel resources links Scripture Earth
Mobile App Bible app direct APK download SIL
Text / Printed Matter Literacy primer for Nafaanra Literacy & Evangelism International
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Map Source People Group location: IMB. Map geography: ESRI / GMI. Map design: Joshua Project.  
Profile Source Anonymous 
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Learn more.