Banda, Nafana in Côte d'Ivoire

Main Language
Largest Religion
Progress Gauge


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.

Ministry Obstacles

Christian believers in this tribe have suffered some persecution, but sometimes persecution can result in believers being purified in their faith.

Outreach Ideas

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.

Pray for the Followers of Christ

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 for the Entire People Group

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 4,100
World Population 93,100
Total Countries 2
Indigenous No
Unreached Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Progress Scale 1
GSEC 2  (per
Alternate Names Banafo, Banda, Nafana, Senufo
People ID 10636
ROP3 Code 100951
Primary Language Nafaanra
Language Code nfr   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Nafaanra
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
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon National Bible Societies
Forum of Bible Agencies World Bible Finder
Gospel Go World Bibles
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 *
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.90 %)
5.00 %
Ethnic Religions
90.00 %
0.00 %
5.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %
Christian Segments Percent
0.0 %
0.0 %
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
0.0 %
Roman Catholic
100.0 %
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