Wollo Amhara in Ethiopia

The Amhara, Wollo have only been reported in Ethiopia
Main Language
Largest Religion
Progress Gauge

Introduction / History

Before the 1700s, the Oromo were more homogenous; they had not yet split apart by dialect, lifestyle, location, and religion. The Wallo are among the least known of several Oromo subgroups.

The 1880s and 1890s were a difficult time for the Wallo Oromo as they were involved in a rebellion against the occupying forces of the Abyssinians. The Wallos were united under the leadership of Sheik Tola Jaafar, who was partially defeated. This rebel leader fled to Sudan to gain outside military assistance, then returned to Wallo to continue his armed struggle until 1910.

In the 21st century some of the Wallo Oromos have joined other Oromo subgroups in their rebellion against the Ethiopian government. Some Oromo organizations want independence, but because of their lack of unity, this will probably not happen.

Where Are they Located?

Wallo is a province in northeastern Ethiopia. This is probably the homeland of the Wallo Oromos.

What Are Their Lives Like?

Most Wallo Oromo people are subsistence farmers who use farming tools that have long since been abandoned by farmers in the developed world. A small number of them live in urban centers.

What Are Their Beliefs?

Though some Oromo subgroups are Christian, others, like the Wallos, are not. All Oromo people, be they Christian or Muslim, adhere to traditional religious practices. When faced with a serious need or crisis, the Wallo Oromo people will look to traditional religion rather than Islam for help.

What Are Their Needs?

Agricultural experts who are familiar with farming in developing countries can help the Wallo Oromo people gain a better harvest. They can help the Wallo Oromo people to develop irrigation systems and introduce Green Revolution technology.

Prayer Points

* Scripture Prayers for the Amhara, Wollo in Ethiopia.

* Pray for believers who know how to help increase crop yields will go as Christ's ambassadors to the Wallo Oromo people.
* Pray for a peaceful solution between the Ethiopian government and the Oromo peoples.
* Pray that believers from other Oromo subgroups will introduce Jesus to the Wallo people.
* Pray that soon there will be a rapidly growing church planting movement among the Wallo Oromo people.


Profiles written by Global Prayer Digest

Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

People Name General Amhara, Wollo
People Name in Country Amhara, Wollo
Natural Name Wollo Amhara
Pronunciation WOHL-loh ahm-HAR-ah
Population this Country 6,049,000
Population all Countries 6,049,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group No
GSEC 1  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 121
Alternate Names Wello
People ID 15840
ROP3 Code 110647
Country Ethiopia
Region Africa, East and Southern
Continent Africa
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 36  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Location in Country North central, Amhara region; Addis Ababa   Source:  Ethnologue 2010
Country Ethiopia
Region Africa, East and Southern
Continent Africa
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 36  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Location in Country North central, Amhara region; Addis Ababa.   Source:  Ethnologue 2010
Map of Amhara, Wollo in Ethiopia

Primary Language:  Amharic

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1824-1988)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1829-1988)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1840-2013)
Bible-NT Audio Online
Bible-NT Text 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 (GRN)
Audio Recordings Online New Testament (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Online Scripture (Talking Bibles)
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video Indigitube.tv Video / Animation
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Amharic
Film / Video LUMO film of Gospels
Film / Video Magdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
Film / Video The Savior 5 - The Good Samaritan
Film / Video The Savior 6 - The Lord's Prayer
Film / Video The Savior 7 - Golgotha
General Four Spiritual Laws
General Got Questions Ministry
Mobile App Download audio Bible app from Google Play Store
Text / Printed Matter Bible Gateway Scripture
Text / Printed Matter Bible: Amharic Bible New Amharic Standard Version (NASV)
Text / Printed Matter Father's Love Letter
Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.20 %)
2.90 %
Ethnic Religions
20.00 %
0.00 %
77.10 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %
Christian Segments Percent
0.0 %
0.0 %
100.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
0.0 %
Roman Catholic
0.0 %
Photo Source Copyrighted © 2021  Kerry Olson  All rights reserved.  Used with permission
Map Source People Group location: IMB. Map geography: ESRI / GMI. Map design: Joshua Project.  
Profile Source Keith Carey  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more


Welcome. I’m a virtual assistant and will try to answer questions about Joshua Project, unreached people groups, the Great Commission and more. How can I help you?

For further help try our FAQ, Definitions or Contact Us pages.