Akasselem in Togo

The Akasselem have only been reported in Togo
Main Language
Largest Religion
Progress Gauge

Introduction / History

In the 19th century, what is now Togo was bordered by Portuguese forts in Ghana. The coastal region of West Africa had such a large slave trade that this region was called the Slave Coast. In 1884, the emerging German Empire established Togo and most of Ghana as a protectorate. Early in WWI, Togoland was overrun and soon divided by the British and the French. The two colonial powers maintained a degree of control over Togo until their independence in 1960. Since that time, Togo has been run primarily by one powerful family. Government corruption is rampant, but efforts to either rebel or bring reform have not worked.

Where Are they Located?

The Akasselem people live only in central Togo.

What Are Their Lives Like?

In Togo, 80 percent of the people are involved in agriculture. What they grow they either eat or sell. Only the elite eats fruits and vegetables; common people eat mainly starchy foods like Cassava, maize, rice, yams, or plantains. They eat two meals a day. Their evening meal includes some protein like fish, goat meat, beef, or beans. They usually include either a hot red pepper sauce or a peanut sauce with these evening meals. People consider beer, gin, and sodabi to be essentials. Sodabi is distilled palm wine.

What Are Their Beliefs?

Most Akasselem people are Muslim, though there is a sizable minority that never left their traditional religion. They might go to the mosque, but on a regular basis, the Akasselem people depend on the traditional spirits rather than Allah for their needs. Less than two percent are Christian of any form.

What Are Their Needs?

The Akasselem people need missionaries. Almost none of these Muslims have been given Jesus the chance to transform their lives and communities.

Prayer Points

Pray for spiritual discernment and hunger among the Akasselem people of Togo.
Pray for believers in other parts of Africa to share the gospel with the Akasselem people through music, dance and drama.
Pray that evangelistic efforts will be followed up with discipleship groups.

Scripture Prayers for the Akasselem in Togo.



Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

People Name General Akasselem
People Name in Country Akasselem
Alternate Names Akasele; Akaselem; Chamba; Kasele; Kaselem; Tchamba
Population this Country 81,000
Population all Countries 81,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group No
GSEC 1  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 2
People ID 11297
ROP3 Code 101992
ROP25 Code 300162
ROP25 Name Akaselem
Country Togo
Region Africa, West and Central
Continent Africa
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Centrale region: east of Sokodé, Tchamba prefecture.   Source:  Ethnologue 2016
Country Togo
Region Africa, West and Central
Continent Africa
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Centrale region: east of Sokodé, Tchamba prefecture..   Source:  Ethnologue 2016
Map of Akasselem in Togo
Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 1.10 %)
1.20 %
Ethnic Religions
30.00 %
0.00 %
68.80 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %
Primary Language Akaselem (81,000 speakers)
Language Code aks   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Akaselem (81,000 speakers)
Language Code aks   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Akaselem

Primary Language:  Akaselem

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (2018)
Bible-New Testament No
Bible-Complete No
Possible Print Bibles
World Bibles
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
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Virtual Storehouse
Resource Type Resource Name Source
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching Global Recordings Network
Audio Recordings Oral Bible stories Story Runners
Film / Video World Christian Videos World Christian Videos
Photo Source Anonymous 
Map Source People Group location: IMB. Map geography: ESRI / GMI. Map design: Joshua Project.  
Profile Source Keith Carey 
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Learn more.

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