Jula, Koyaga in Côte d'Ivoire

Joshua Project has identified the Jula, Koyaga only in Côte d'Ivoire
Population
84,000
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge

Introduction / History

Traditionally the Jula (aka, Dyula) people traded kola nuts and gold in West Africa. Others were skilled craftsmen.


Where Are they Located?

Today the Koyaga Jula people are settled in towns and villages in northwestern Cote d'Ivoire, Burkina Faso, and Mali. They are part of the Malinke-Jula people cluster within the Sub-Saharan African affinity bloc. They are engaged but unreached.


What Are Their Lives Like?

The Koyaga people celebrate the joys of life through dance. They also know the sorrow of poverty and the futility of a religious practice that mingles ancient rituals of Islam.

There in the woodland savanna, they raise crops such as rice, corn, peanuts, manioc, millet, yams, and cotton. The economy of the region is tied to the success or failure of the harvest, leading to increasing poverty levels. Sadly, the Koyaga Jula people also experi¬ence a high infancy mortality rate and a high incidence of women who die in childbirth.

Because they're fiercely proud of their language, it's com¬mon to find both youth and adults speaking the Koyaga dialect of Jula.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The primary religion practiced by the Koyaka Jula is "Other Islamic," which includes a number of sects that emerged out of Islam such as Ibadhi, Ahmadi, Alevi, Yazidi, and Khariji. They follow a blend of religious practices. They hear the teachings of Islam, the dominant religion in the region, but turn to ancient practices in an attempt to appease the spirits. Their fear of spirits sometimes leads them to build special "ancestor houses" to ward off curses.

Operation World reports that although evangelical congregations outnumber sacred fetish groves for the first time in Cote d'Ivoire's history, animism's power remains unbroken and infiltrates deep into the worldview and practices of both Christians and Muslims. Many believers are affected by the power of African traditional religion, especially through fetish charms and ancestor worship, compromising both their witness and their own life in Christ.

Tribal groups in the north and pockets of tribes all over the country are becoming Muslim. There is a high concentration of Muslims in the cities of Cote d'Ivoire, and many who move to the cities convert to Islam. Foreign missionaries are still welcomed. The government is receptive to mission activity and development.

A small percentage of Koyaga Jula people profess Christianity. Though they may be ostracized for their faith, believers don't face violent persecution.

The Koyaga churches are beginning to see growth, although they are still small in numbers.


What Are Their Needs?

The Jula Bible has been completed along with radio broadcasts and the JESUS Film. Many resources are available in French, the official trade language. Only GRN audio resources are available in Koyaga, their heart language.

Many believers are affected by the power of African traditional religion, especially through fetish charms and ancestor worship, compromising both their witness and their own lives in Christ.


Prayer Points

* African missionaries live by faith on very little income. Pray that God will supply all their needs through the local church.
* Pray that Christ followers will be zealous to win the Koyaka Jula people to Christ.
* Pray that the Koyaga Jula church will find new strength as God is revealed through His Word.
* Pray for a strong disciple making movement to emerge among the Jula Koyaga people.


References

(Profiles written by Karen Hightower of Global Prayer Digest)
https://joshuaproject.net/people_groups/18921/IV
https://theseedcompany.org/sites/default/files/language/project_profile-northern-mande-ig-clusterpkoyaga.pdf
https://www.wycliffe.net/world?continent=AFR&country=IV&code=kga
https://www.youtube.com/watch?y-q8iXNHL.mhMA
http://www.peoplegroups.org/Explore/groupdetails.aspx?peid-13098
http://worldbibles.org/language_detail/eus/kga/Koyaga Jula
https://secure.gloalrecordings.net/ja/langcode/kga
https://operationworld.org/


Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

People Name General Jula, Koyaga
People Name in Country Jula, Koyaga
Population in Côte d'Ivoire 84,000
World Population 84,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Unreached Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 2 to 3
Progress Scale 1
GSEC 2  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Alternate Names Jula, Koyaga Jula, Koyaka
People ID 18921
ROP3 Code 114894
Country Côte d'Ivoire
Region West and Central Africa
Continent Africa
10/40 Window No
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Woroba District, Mankono department, western 4 subprefectures.   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 Woroba District, Mankono department, western 4 subprefectures..   Source:  Ethnologue 2016

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Primary Language Koyaga (84,000 speakers)
Language Code kga   Ethnologue Listing
Written Unknown
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Koyaga
Primary Language Koyaga (84,000 speakers)
Language Code kga   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Koyaga

Primary Language:  Koyaga

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions No
Bible-New Testament No
Bible-Complete No
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.10 %)
0.50 %
Ethnic Religions
5.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
94.50 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Christian Segments Percent
Anglican
0.0 %
Independent
20.0 %
Orthodox
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
Protestant
20.0 %
Roman Catholic
60.0 %
Profile Source Keith Carey  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more


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