Lebou Wolof in Senegal


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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.


What Are Their Lives Like?

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 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 come 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.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The Lebou Wolof are solidly Muslim. They are unlikely to consider their need for a sin-free Savior until the Holy Spirit speaks to their hearts. They look to the spirit world to help them with their daily needs.


What Are Their Needs?

Like all peoples in West Africa, the Lebou need better schools and hospitals.


Prayer Points

Pray for the power and goodness of Christ to lead them from darkness to light.
Pray for signs and wonders to happen among them and for great breakthroughs with a rapid multiplication of disciples and house churches.
Pray for bold workers who are driven by the love of the Holy Spirit to go to the Lebou people.
Pray for an unstoppable movement to Christ that will bless them in every way.


Scripture Prayers for the Wolof, Lebou in Senegal.


References

West Africa Gateway


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Wolof, Lebou
People Name in Country Wolof, Lebou
Natural Name Lebou Wolof
Alternate Names Lebou
Population this Country 246,000
Population all Countries 248,000
Total Countries 2
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group No
GSEC 1  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 5
People ID 18907
ROP3 Code 114865
ROP25 Code 304639
ROP25 Name Lebou
Country Senegal
Region Africa, West and Central
Continent Africa
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country West and central, Senegal River left bank to Cape Vert   Source:  Ethnologue 2010
Country Senegal
Region Africa, West and Central
Continent Africa
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country West and central, Senegal River left bank to Cape Vert.   Source:  Ethnologue 2010
Map of Wolof, Lebou in Senegal
Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religion Percent
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.10 %)
0.40 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
99.60 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Primary Language Wolof (246,000 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 (246,000 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  (1987-2010)
Bible-Complete No
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Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching Global Recordings Network
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio Jesus Film Project
Film / Video God's Story video God's Story
Film / Video Indigitube.tv Video / Animation Create International
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Wolof Jesus Film Project
Film / Video Magdalena video Jesus Film Project
Film / Video Rock International: King of Glory Rock International
Film / Video World Christian Videos World Christian Videos
General Bible for Children Bible for Children
General Faith Comes By Hearing - Bible in text or audio or video Faith Comes by Hearing
General Faith Comes By Hearing - Bible in text or audio or video Faith Comes by Hearing
General Scripture Earth Gospel resources links Scripture Earth
General Walk with the Prophets and meet the Messiah Al Massira
General YouVersion Bible versions in text and/or audio YouVersion Bibles
Mobile App Android Bible app direct APK download SIL
Mobile App Android Bible app: Wolof YouVersion Bibles
Mobile App iOS Bible app: Wolof YouVersion Bibles
Text / Printed Matter Download scripture in this language eBible.org
Text / Printed Matter Literacy primer for Wolof Literacy & Evangelism International
Photo Source West Africa Gateway 
Map Source People Group location: IMB. Map geography: ESRI / GMI. Map design: Joshua Project.  
Profile Source Joshua Project 
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