The Banda or Nafana are mostly subsistence farmers, raising yams and corn for food and cashews for a cash crop. Their language (Nafaanra) is a tonal language, with a basic word order of subject-object-verb. A hospitable people, they have avoided serious conflict with other more aggressive groups.
Christian believers in this tribe have suffered some persecution, but sometimes persecution can result in believers being purified in their faith.
The New Testament is available in the language of this tribe, and there are other resources available as well. Pray that workers will be found to carry these resources to the people.
There are a number of followers of Christ in this tribe. Pray they will understand and believe the Gospel of grace, and not mix it with legalistic requirements found in their earlier religions.
Pray this tribe will continue to live in peace with neighboring tribes, and will have good crops to feed and care for their people.
|Profile Source: Joshua Project|
|People Name General||Banda, Nafana|
|People Name in Country||Banda, Nafana|
|Population in Côte d'Ivoire||4,000|
|Pioneer Workers Needed||1 to 2|
|Progress Scale||1 ●|
|GSEC||2 (per PeopleGroups.org)|
|Alternate Names||Banafo, Banda, Nafana, Senufo|
Primary Language: Nafaanra
|Bible Translation ▲||Status (Years)|
|Bible-New Testament||Yes (1984)|
|Possible Print Bibles|
|Forum of Bible Agencies|
|World Bible Finder|
|Resource Type ▲||Resource Name|
|Audio Recordings||Audio Bible teaching (GRN)|
|Audio Recordings||Online New Testament (FCBH)|
|Film / Video||God's Story Video|
|Primary Religion:||Ethnic Religions|
|Major Religion ▲||Percent *|
|Christianity (Evangelical 0.90 %)||
|Other / Small||
|Christian Segments ▲||Percent|