Wolof in France

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Introduction / History

Hundreds of years ago, the Wolof conquered many tribes in the northwestern Senegal area. By the end of the 1300s, the Wolof had grown into a large empire of separate, self-governing states. By the 1500s, the empire had split into four major Wolof kingdoms. The French expanded into Senegal during the 1800s, making it a colony of French West Africa. In 1946, the Wolof of Senegal were awarded French citizenship, and today, many Wolof live in France. In 1968, Senegal gained its independence. However, European influences are still a part of Wolof culture. Some of them have managed to make their homes in France where they enjoy better opportunities than their kin in West Africa.

What Are Their Lives Like?

The Wolof, like other African immigrants, often go unnoticed and unacknowledged in French society. In Senegal they are among the most politically and economically astute. In France they are just Africans. They are, however, actively seeking ways to gain more political power in France. Racism and discrimination are serious issues. The Wolof and other West African people groups who have migrated to France are often blamed for the country's economic woes.

What Are Their Beliefs?

The Wolof are Muslims who also continue their historical tribal beliefs in spirits and witches. They have traditionally been resistant to the gospel. As Muslims go they are tolerant of other points of view, but very few have accepted Christ's lordship either in Africa or in France.

What Are Their Needs?

The Wolof in France need to see God's love in action. They need to understand that He created them for a purpose, and He has a plan for them that is bigger than ending racism or gaining political power. He desires to end their spiritual suffering and welcome them into eternal life.

Prayer Points

Pray for the Lord to open the eyes, ears, and hearts of the Wolof to His Word. Pray for the members of Wolof people in France to have a hunger to know more about Jesus and to seek out the many gospel resources available to them. Pray for the Lord to establish a church planting movement among the Wolof people in European countries.

Scripture Prayers for the Wolof in France.

Profile Source:   Joshua Project  
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Additional Info
Global Prayer Digest: 2007-03-02
Global Prayer Digest: 2007-03-30
Global Prayer Digest: 2009-04-29
Global Prayer Digest: 2011-04-18
Global Prayer Digest: 2018-04-18
Link Up Africa
People Name General Wolof
People Name in Country Wolof
Pronunciation WOE-loff
Population this Country 40,000
Population all Countries 6,447,000
Total Countries 12
Indigenous No
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Alternate Names Gambian; Gambian Wolof; Lebu
People ID 15414
ROP3 Code 110856
Country France
Region Europe, Western
Continent Europe
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Country France
Region Europe, Western
Continent Europe
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Primary Language Wolof (40,000 speakers)
Language Code wol   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Wolof (40,000 speakers)
Language Code wol   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Wolof

Primary Language:  Wolof

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1873-1997)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1987-2010)
Bible-Complete No
Bible-NT Audio Online
Possible Print Bibles
World Bibles
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
Virtual Storehouse
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching
Audio Recordings Online New Testament
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio
Film / Video God's Story video
Film / Video Indigitube.tv Video / Animation
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Wolof
Film / Video King of Glory movie
Film / Video Magdalena video
Film / Video The Prophets' Story
Film / Video The Scales of God
General Bible for Children
General Gospel resources links
General Walk with the Prophets and meet the Messiah
Text / Printed Matter Download scripture in this language
Text / Printed Matter Literacy primer for Wolof
Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religion Percent
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Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
0.00 %
100.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %
Christian Segments Percent
Other Christian
Roman Catholic
Photo Source Anonymous 
Map Source Bethany World Prayer Center  
Profile Source Joshua Project  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more