Bakwele in Gabon


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Introduction / History

The Bakwele are also known as Kwele. They speak a Bantu language with five dialects. In the 1800s they fled Africa’s west coast when their traditional enemies obtained firearms from slave traders. They live in Gabon and Cameroon but the largest number live further inland in the Republic of the Congo.


What Are Their Lives Like?

The Bakwele have a patrilineal system of inheritance. The father makes important decisions and holds a role in their relationship with other communities.


What Are Their Beliefs?

Traditionally, the Bakwele would call upon their ancestral spirits when misfortune would strike. Things like poor hunting, famine or war would result in them calling upon a specialist known as the gaa beete to bring back harmony. This rite was known as beete and it involved relics which each family possessed. Today most are Christian, though the gospel witness is weakest among them in Cameroon.


What Are Their Needs?

The Bakwele need local medical facilities to deal with injuries and disease.


Prayer Points

Pray for a purification of the Bakwele church, leading them to a Christ-oriented faith.
Pray for Bakwele disciples to make more disciples.
Pray for the Lord to give them an abundant harvest this year as a testimony of his power and love.


Scripture Prayers for the Bakwele in Gabon.


References

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kwele_people


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Bakwele
People Name in Country Bakwele
Alternate Names Bakwili; Bekwil
Population this Country 8,100
Population all Countries 27,000
Total Countries 3
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 4
Unreached No
Frontier People Group No
GSEC 4  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed
People ID 10599
ROP3 Code 100830
ROP25 Code 300752
ROP25 Name Bakwele
Country Gabon
Region Africa, West and Central
Continent Africa
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Ogooué-Ivindo province: Extreme northeast corner, Makokou on Ivindo river, and northeast of Mékambo, Imbong and Massombo villages.   Source:  Ethnologue 2016
Country Gabon
Region Africa, West and Central
Continent Africa
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Ogooué-Ivindo province: Extreme northeast corner, Makokou on Ivindo river, and northeast of Mékambo, Imbong and Massombo villages..   Source:  Ethnologue 2016

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Primary Religion: Christianity
Major Religion Percent
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 8.00 %)
90.00 %
Ethnic Religions
10.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Primary Language Bekwel
Language Code bkw   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Bekwel
Language Code bkw   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Bekwel

Primary Language:  Bekwel

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (2009-2014)
Bible-New Testament No
Bible-Complete No
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