Nafana Banda in Côte d'Ivoire

Main Language
Largest Religion
Progress Gauge


The Banda or Nafana are mostly subsistence farmers, raising yams and corn for food and cashews for a cash crop. Their language (Nafaanra) is a tonal language, with a basic word order of subject-object-verb. A hospitable people, they have avoided serious conflict with other more aggressive groups.

Ministry Obstacles

Christian believers in this tribe have suffered some persecution, but sometimes persecution can result in believers being purified in their faith.

Outreach Ideas

The New Testament is available in the language of this tribe, and there are other resources available as well. Pray that workers will be found to carry these resources to the people.

Prayer Focus

There are a number of followers of Christ in this tribe. Pray they will understand and believe the Gospel of grace, and not mix it with legalistic requirements found in their earlier religions. Pray this tribe will continue to live in peace with neighboring tribes, and will have good crops to feed and care for their people.

Scripture Prayers for the Banda, Nafana in Côte d'Ivoire.

Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Banda, Nafana
People Name in Country Banda, Nafana
Natural Name Nafana Banda
Population this Country 4,800
Population all Countries 108,000
Total Countries 2
Indigenous No
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group No
GSEC 1  (per
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Alternate Names Banafo; Banda; Nafana; Senufo
People ID 10636
ROP3 Code 100951
Primary Religion: Ethnic Religions
Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.90 %)
5.00 %
Ethnic Religions
90.00 %
0.00 %
5.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %
Primary Language Nafaanra
Language Code nfr   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Nafaanra
Language Code nfr   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Nafaanra

Primary Language:  Nafaanra

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1982-2000)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1984)
Bible-Complete Yes  (2015)
Bible-NT Audio Online
Possible Print Bibles
World Bibles
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
Virtual Storehouse
Resource Type Resource Name Source
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching Global Recordings Network
Audio Recordings Online New Testament Faith Comes by Hearing
Film / Video God's Story video God's Story
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Nafaanra Jesus Film Project
Film / Video LUMO film of Gospels Bible Media Group/LUMO
General Gospel resources links Scripture Earth
Mobile App Bible app direct APK download SIL
Text / Printed Matter Literacy primer for Nafaanra Literacy & Evangelism International
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Map Source Joshua Project  
Profile Source Joshua Project  
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