Arab in Ghana

Largest Religion
Progress Gauge

Introduction / History

When one thinks of the Arabs peoples, one sees them living in the Middle East and North Africa. However, there is an Arab Diaspora. Thousands of Arabs live in nations all over the world including the West African county of Ghana. Arabs came to Ghana during the 19th century as merchants and traders. Some have come in the 20th century to work in Ghana’s oil industry. Ghana became a British colony in the late 19th century. It became an independent nation in 1957. Although Ghana has had its share of military coups and political turmoil, Ghana has had a relatively stable society compared to many of her African neighbors. English is the official language of Ghana. Eleven regional Bantu languages are also given official status. Education is in English. French is taught in secondary schools due to the fact that Ghana is surrounded by mostly French speaking countries.  The primary language of the Arabs of Ghana is Arabic. They also speak English and often French as well as local languages.

What Are Their Lives Like?

The Arabs in Ghana are a diverse group. Many are shop and restaurant owners while other work in tourism and the mining industry. Most Arabs live in urban area. Some wealthier Arabs work as managers and administrators in the petroleum business. Their ability to speak Arabic aids them in working with Middle Eastern oil businesses. Arab parents encourage their children to marry within their group. Marriage to one spouse is the norm. Sons inherit property. Sons often follow their fathers in business. Parent desire their children, especially sons, to obtain college educations. Young people may attend Arabic language schools on weekends to retain their family heritage.

What Are Their Beliefs?

The majority of the Arabs of Ghana are Sunni Muslims, the largest branch of Islam. Sunnis strive to obey the teachings of the Koran and the prophet Muhammad. Sunnis believe that by following the Five Pillars of Islam that they will attain paradise when they die. However, Allah, the supreme God of the universe, determines who enters paradise. Sunnis pray five times a day facing Mecca. They fast the month of Ramadan. They attend mosque services on Friday. If a Muslim has the means, he or she will make a pilgrimage to Mecca once in his or her lifetime. Muslims are also prohibited from drinking alcohol, eating pork, gambling, stealing, using deceit, slandering, and making idols. The two main holidays for Sunni Muslims are Eid al Fitr, the breaking of the monthly fast and Eid al Adha, the celebration of Abraham’s willingness to sacrifice his son to Allah. A tiny fraction of Arabs in Ghana claims to be followers of Christ.

What Are Their Needs?

The Arabs of Ghana need to see that Isa or Jesus is more than a human prophet. Only through Christ can their sins be forgiven.

Prayer Points

Pray that God leads believers in Christ to reach out and build redemptive relationships with Ghanese Arabs. Pray that the small number of Arab Christ followers in Ghana would find thriving churches and grow in their faith. Ask the Lord to raise up a Disciple Making Movement among the Ghanese Arabs in this decade. Pray for the Holy Spirit to work powerfully through those ministering to the Muslim peoples in Ghana.

Scripture Prayers for the Arab in Ghana.

Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Arab
People Name in Country Arab
Pronunciation AE-rub
Population this Country 3,300
Population all Countries 742,000
Total Countries 31
Indigenous No
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group No
GSEC 1  (per
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Alternate Names Anglolan Arabs; Baggara; Bedouin Arab; Bosnian Muslims; Chavus; Coast; Coast Arab; Hemat; Iraqi Arab; Lebanese Arab; Levantine Arab; Nawar; Palestinian Arab; Palestinian Arabs; Saudi Arab; Syrian Arab; Syro-Lebanese Arab; अरब
People ID 10375
ROP3 Code 100425
Country Ghana
Region Africa, West and Central
Continent Africa
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Country Ghana
Region Africa, West and Central
Continent Africa
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Primary Language Arabic, North Levantine Spoken (3,300 speakers)
Language Code apc   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Arabic, North Levantine Spoken (3,300 speakers)
Language Code apc   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Arabic, North Levantine Spoken

Primary Language:  Arabic, North Levantine Spoken

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1939-1981)
Bible-New Testament No
Bible-Complete No
Bible-NT Audio Online
Possible Print Bibles
World Bibles
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
Virtual Storehouse
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Arabic Bible Online
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching
Audio Recordings Online New Testament
Film / Video Video / Animation
Film / Video LUMO film of Gospels
Film / Video The Story
Film / Video Together Toward Growth
Film / Video Together Toward Growth (EngSub)
General Gospel resources links
Text / Printed Matter Bible: Arabic, North Levantine Spoken
Text / Printed Matter Bible: Comic Book Version
Text / Printed Matter Tools for faith conversations
Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.50 %)
5.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
0.00 %
90.00 %
5.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %
Christian Segments Percent
0.0 %
0.0 %
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
0.0 %
Roman Catholic
100.0 %
Photo Source Hashim Abdullah - Pixabay  Creative Commons 
Map Source People Group data: Omid. Map geography: UNESCO / GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project  
Profile Source Joshua Project  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more