Wolof, Lebou in Mauritania


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Introduction / History

If a person from America or Europe gets into a boat and comes to West Africa, his or her first contact with an African person will most likely be with a Lebou fisherman. The Lebou live in small fishing villages located along the coast of West Africa from Mauritania to Guinea. Their villages are sandwiched between the ocean and the desert.

The Lebou people speak Wolof. However, they have their own distinctive dialect that sets them apart from the surrounding, and much larger, Wolof people group.

Modern Lebou still live in fishing villages. However, for many of them, large cities have grown up around them and much of their property has been confiscated for urban development. The "Dakar" Lebou villages, such as N'gor, Oakam, and Yoff, are now incorporated neighborhoods with a city of more than three million people surrounding them. The skyscrapers of downtown Dakar dwarf the towers of their mosques.

The basic diet of the Lebou people consists of fish and rice. A few raise chickens and goats on a limited scale. Rice is purchased in the markets, as are the vegetables and spices they need to cook. Ceebu-jenn (rice and fish in a rich vegetable sauce) is a favorite Lebou meal. They often compliment this with smoked sea urchins they collect from the rocks along the coast.

The Lebou are also very fond of attaya, the Senegalese tea. This tea is served in three rounds. The first is strong and bitter. The second is slightly sweeter and sometimes has mint in it. The third is very sweet with lots of mint. The tea ceremony reflects friendship. The longer we are friends, the sweeter our friendship grows.

For recreation the Lebou enjoy storytelling, dancing, and wrestling. They also look forward to all social occasions such as baptisms (ngente), weddings, and any other times they can join together as a community. The Lebou people love to smile and are quick with a joke or a prank. An afternoon spent in their homes is an enjoyable experience for everyone.


Prayer Points

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Additional Info
Link Up Africa
People Name General Wolof, Lebou
People Name in Country Wolof, Lebou
World Population 221,000
Total Countries 2
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group No
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Alternate Names Lebou
People ID 18907
ROP3 Code 114865
Country Mauritania
Region Africa, West and Central
Continent Africa
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 25  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Location in Country Trarza and Brakna regions.   Source:  Ethnologue 2016
Country Mauritania
Region Africa, West and Central
Continent Africa
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 25  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Location in Country Trarza and Brakna regions..   Source:  Ethnologue 2016
Primary Language Wolof (1,400 speakers)
Language Code wol   Ethnologue Listing
Primary Dialect Lebou
Dialect Code 18326   Global Recordings Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Wolof (1,400 speakers)
Language Code wol   Ethnologue Listing
Primary Dialect Lebou
Dialect Code 18326   Global Recordings Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Wolof

Primary Language:  Wolof

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1873-1997)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1988-2010)
Bible-Complete No
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Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Wolof
Film / Video Magdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video The Prophets' Story
Film / Video The Scales of God
Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religion Percent
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.40 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
99.60 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Christian Segments Percent
Anglican
0.0 %
Independent
5.0 %
Orthodox
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
Protestant
0.0 %
Roman Catholic
95.0 %
Photo Source West Africa Gateway 
Map Source Anonymous  
Profile Source West Africa Gateway 
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more