Banda, Nafana in Côte d'Ivoire

Banda, Nafana
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People Name: Banda, Nafana
Country: Côte d'Ivoire
10/40 Window: No
Population: 5,000
World Population: 112,000
Primary Language: Nafaanra
Primary Religion: Ethnic Religions
Christian Adherents: 5.00 %
Evangelicals: 0.90 %
Scripture: Complete Bible
Online Audio NT: Yes
Jesus Film: Yes
Audio Recordings: Yes
People Cluster: Gur
Affinity Bloc: Sub-Saharan Peoples
Progress Level:

Introduction / History

Nafaanra is the language of the Nafana people. They are located along the Côte d'Ivoire border, northwest of Wenchi, and south of the Volta in Brong Ahafo Region. The chief towns of the region are Banda and Sampa. Several traditions suggest that the Nafana people are comprised of several migrating groups including Muslims. However in 1894 a treaty with Britain enabled them to settle in Ghana and brought an end to their wanderings.

What Are Their Lives Like?

They are predominantly farmers with main cash crops of yams and calabashes. Crops for local consumption include corn, millet, beans, groundnut and okra.

They often migrate in a quest for a trade, education, a salaried job or to maybe to escape witchcraft.

What Are Their Beliefs?

Nafana Banda people are attracted to Christianity by processions, singing, and the Christian funeral customs, however they are put off by Christian rules about drunkenness and polygamy. They are attracted to Muslims' demonstrations of mutual loyalty and brotherly love; however they are put off by strict Muslim rules governing animal slaughter.

What Are Their Needs?

Like most rural West African peoples, the Nafana Banda people need a regular source of clean water. They also need medical clinics to take care of illnesses and injuries.

Prayer Points

Pray that the few Nafana Banda Christians will be salt and light to their neighbors and family members.
Pray for the Lord to show himself powerful and good by providing the Nafana Banda people with a record-breaking harvest.
Pray for Nafana Banda disciples to make more disciples among their own people.

Text Source:   Joshua Project