Nafana Banda in Côte d'Ivoire

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Largest Religion
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Introduction / History

Nafaanra is the language of the Nafana people. They are located along the Côte d'Ivoire border, northwest of Wenchi, and south of the Volta in Brong Ahafo Region. The chief towns of the region are Banda and Sampa. 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.

What Are Their Lives Like?

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.

What Are Their Beliefs?

Nafana Banda 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 off by strict Muslim rules governing animal slaughter.

What Are Their Needs?

Like most rural West African peoples, the Nafana Banda people need a regular source of clean water. They also need medical clinics to take care of illnesses and injuries.

Prayer Points

Pray that the few Nafana Banda Christians will be salt and light to their neighbors and family members.
Pray for the Lord to show himself powerful and good by providing the Nafana Banda people with a record-breaking harvest.
Pray for Nafana Banda disciples to make more disciples among their own people.

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

Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

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
ROP25 Code 307384
ROP25 Name Senufo
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)
FCBH NT ( Online
Possible Print Bibles
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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 or audio or video Faith Comes by Hearing
General Scripture Earth Gospel resources links Scripture Earth
Mobile App Android Bible app direct APK download SIL
Mobile App iOS 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.  
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