The Gana (also called Ganadugu or Ganadougou) have an estimated population of 80,000. They created their own culture, which seems to be a mixture of the Fulani, Senufo and Bambara cultures. They are a very independent people and speak a form of Bambara, though they consider themselves to be culturally distinct from the Bambara.
The Gana are Islam in name, animism in practice.
There are two known Christian families, and one known church. Two missionary units with Christian Missionary Alliance are working in 11 Gana villages.
An FM radio station reaches all the villages and has at least one gospel broadcast per day, but none in the Gana language.
Suggestions and rationale for engaging this people group: This is a possibility for an Engaging Church. It is recommended that teams of prayer walkers come to lay groundwork. More research is needed to identify specific villages, but the recommended strategic location for future work among the Gana is in Mena, where there has never been a missionary presence or church.
Teams would face remote and primitive living conditions.
The Gana risk persecution from their family and friends if they convert to Christianity. Several families are already experiencing persecution.
There is potential for partnering with Christian Missionary Alliance and the radio station that broadcasts Christian programs. There is the possibility of using radio to do religious broadcasts in Bambara (a language spoken by some Gana) and to possibly create Chronological Bible Storying tapes.
|Region||West and Central Africa|
|Persecution Rank||32 (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)|
|Location in Country||Widespread. Koulikoro, Ségou, northern Sikasso, Watershed, middle Niger river; Kayes region. Source: Ethnologue 2016|
|Primary Language||Bamanankan (158,000 speakers)|
|Language Code||bam Ethnologue Listing|
|Language Written||Yes ScriptSource Listing|
|People Groups||Speaking Bamanankan|
Primary Language: Bamanankan
|Bible Translation ▲||Status (Years)|
|Bible-New Testament||Yes (1933)|
|Possible Print Bibles|
|Forum of Bible Agencies|
|World Bible Finder|
|Resource Type ▲||Resource Name|
|Audio Recordings||Audio Bible teaching (GRN)|
|Audio Recordings||Online New Testament (FCBH)|
|Film / Video||God's Story Video|
|Film / Video||Jesus Film: view in Bamanankan|
|Film / Video||The Hope Video|
|Text / Printed Matter||OneHope resources for children and youth|
|Text / Printed Matter||World Missionary Press Booklets|
|Major Religion ▲||Percent *|
|Christianity (Evangelical 0.60 %)||
|Other / Small||
|Christian Segments ▲||Percent|