Jula, Odienne in Côte d'Ivoire

Joshua Project has identified the Jula, Odienne only in Côte d'Ivoire
Population
144,000
Christian
Evangelical
Largest Religion
Main Language
Progress
Progress Gauge

Introduction / History

The Jula (aka, Dyula) peoples were traders of gold and kola nuts for hundreds of years. They were also skilled craftsmen. They had high status as merchants. As time went on their trading posts morphed into market villages and cities. Like many other African peoples, the Julas held slaves, usually prisoners of war from other tribes. Some of the Jula people were part of a prestigious warrior class called tuntigi.

Today the Jula are in subgroups, one of which is the Odienne, which is also the name of a town in northwestern Cote d'Ivoire that has its own airport. This has long been a trading center.


Where Are they Located?

Most of the Odienne Jula people probably live in the town that bears their name, Odienne.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Their traditional hierarchical society involved nobles and vassals, but that is eroding in today's world. The people whose ancestors were kings and generals do not always have higher status than those whose ancestors were farmers. Some Odienne Jula people today are farmers like most of their neighbors, though most are still involved with commerce.

The Jula peoples are fiercely loyal to their clans, making one wonder if any disciple making movement might need to be done at the clan level. They maintain their cultural history through the oral traditions of dance and storytelling. These mediums are probably the best for presenting the gospel as well, since the people already have an affinity for this way of communicating.

Their social structure is patrilineal and patriarchal, which means that older males hold the highest status and most of the decision-making power. Men and women reside in separate homes, which are made of mud or cement. Some men have multiple wives, though this is frowned upon.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The Jula peoples, including the Odienne Jula, have been Muslim for hundreds of years. Today the more prestigious members of this people group send their sons to Islamic schools where they become more entrenched in Islamic theology. Like most Muslim peoples of Africa, they have maintained pre-Islamic beliefs which involve amulets, charms, and a complex spirit world.


What Are Their Needs?

The Odienne Julas have put their faith in the spirit world and the mercy of Allah instead of the atoning blood of Jesus Christ. They need someone to show them the way to the cross so they can experience God's forgiveness.


Prayer Points

* Pray for believers to go as His ambassadors to the Odienne Jula people of Cote d'Ivoire.
* Pray for the Lord to give the gift of faith to many within this people group.
* Pray for a disciple making movement to emerge in their homes, villages, and even in their mosques.


References

Profiles written by Global Prayer Digest
https://joshuaproject.net/people_groups/18862/IV
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dyula_people
https://www.britannica.com/topic/Dyula
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Odienn%C3%A9


Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

People Name General Jula, Odienne
People Name in Country Jula, Odienne
Population in Côte d'Ivoire 144,000
World Population 144,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Unreached Yes
Progress Scale 1
Alternate Names
People ID 18862
ROP3 Code 114693
Country Côte d'Ivoire
Region West and Central Africa
Continent Africa
10/40 Window No
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Denguélé District, Odienné department; Woroba District; Boundiali department possiblly; Juraba and Samofo dialects.   Source:  Ethnologue 2016
Country Côte d'Ivoire
Region West and Central Africa
Continent Africa
10/40 Window No
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Denguélé District, Odienné department; Woroba District; Boundiali department possiblly; Juraba and Samofo dialects..   Source:  Ethnologue 2016

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Primary Language Wojenaka (144,000 speakers)
Language Code jod   Ethnologue Listing
Written Unknown
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Wojenaka
Primary Language Wojenaka (144,000 speakers)
Language Code jod   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Wojenaka

Primary Language:  Wojenaka

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions No
Bible-New Testament No
Bible-Complete No
Resource Type Resource Name
None reported  
Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religion Percent
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
5.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
95.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Christian Segments Percent
Anglican
Unknown
Independent
Unknown
Orthodox
Unknown
Other Christian
Unknown
Protestant
Unknown
Roman Catholic
Unknown
Photo Source People Teams  
Profile Source Keith Carey  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more


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