West Limba in Guinea

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Largest Religion
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Introduction / History

Many of the Limba people were hunters or farmers before their communities were devastated. The West and East Limba peoples suffered at the hands of slave traders who took them from their West African homelands and shipped them to North America. The risk of being captured drove many of them to go to Freetown, now in Sierra Leone. Others had to contend with African invaders such as the Susus, the Mandingos and the Fulanis.

Where Are they Located?

Limba people live in Sierra Leone, Liberia or Guinea.

What Are Their Lives Like?

Both the West and East Limba people love visual arts, music and dance. They are noted for their copper masks which they use for funeral ceremonies. They excel in wood carvings, and one can buy them online. The Limba peoples love folk tales, which they use to teach their history and traditions to the young. They have their own proverbs and riddles which are passed down from generation to generation. They earn their living through hunting, growing rice or trading.

What Are Their Beliefs?

Though those in the northern regions are officially Muslim, the West and East Limba peoples rely heavily on their ancestral spirits. They have a spiritual "home" called Kakoia, where some go on a pilgrimage. Those in the southern regions, usually in Sierra Leone, are more likely to be Christians.

What Are Their Needs?

Both West and East Limba people need disciplers who will show them how to submit to the Lord of lords, and put their faith on the firm foundation, which is Christ.

Prayer Points

Pray for spiritual discernment and openness to truth among the West Limba people of Guinea.
Pray for workers to take the gospel to them and disciple those who embrace Christ with teachings from the Bible.

Scripture Prayers for the Limba, West in Guinea.



Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

People Name General Limba, West
People Name in Country Limba, West
Natural Name West Limba
Population this Country 2,000
Population all Countries 565,000
Total Countries 2
Indigenous No
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group No
GSEC 2  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Alternate Names Limba; South Limba; West Central Limba; Yimbe
People ID 16038
ROP3 Code 111065

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Primary Language Limba, West-Central
Language Code lia   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Limba, West-Central
Language Code lia   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Limba, West-Central

Primary Language:  Limba, West-Central

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1911-1950)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1966-2011)
Bible-Complete No
Bible-NT Audio Online
Possible Print Bibles
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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 Jesus Film: view in Limba, West-Central
Film / Video LUMO film of Gospels
Film / Video My Last Day video, anime
Film / Video Walk with Jesus video
General Gospel resources links
Mobile App Download audio Bible app as APK file
Mobile App Download audio Bible app from Google Play Store
Text / Printed Matter Bible: Limba, West-Central
Text / Printed Matter Literacy primer for Limba, West-Central
Primary Religion: Ethnic Religions
Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.20 %)
4.00 %
Ethnic Religions
84.00 %
0.00 %
12.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %
Christian Segments Percent
0.0 %
15.0 %
0.0 %
Other Christian
20.0 %
5.0 %
Roman Catholic
60.0 %
Profile Source Keith Carey  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more