Gonja in Ghana

The Gonja have only been reported in Ghana
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Main Language
Largest Religion
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Evangelical
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Introduction / History

The Gonja people are located in the northern part of Ghana, and wealth is concentrated in the southern half of the country.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Most people in northern Ghana live off subsistence farming beside mud-brick, thatched-roof structures. Family incomes are often so low that children stay home to work fields rather than attend school. Poverty is the rule in this part of Ghana. They don’t have enough water, food or jobs. The literacy rate of the Gonja is less than 10%.


What Are Their Beliefs?

More than half of the Gonja people identify as Muslims. There is a small Christian minority. Almost all of Gonja people also adhere to traditional religious practices.


What Are Their Needs?

The very low literacy rate of the Gonja people largely requires an oral presentation of the gospel, both for evangelism and discipleship purposes. Communicating with stories from scripture will be useful and probably effective. Recordings and videos will also be helpful.


Prayer Points

* Scripture Prayers for the Gonja, Ngbanyito in Ghana.

Pray that the 2020s will be a decade where there is an increase in literacy among the Gonja people.
Pray for the few Gonja believers to be discipled and sent out to those who need the gospel.
Pray for educational opportunities and for good farming methods.
Pray they will soon escape the bonds of poverty and illiteracy.


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

Additional Info
Global Prayer Digest: 2015-02-20
Global Prayer Digest: 2017-02-15
People Name General Gonja
People Name in Country Gonja, Ngbanyito
Natural Name Gonja
Population this Country 385,000
Population all Countries 385,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group No
GSEC 2  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 8
Alternate Names Choruba; Guang; Ngbanyito
People ID 11925
ROP3 Code 103437
Country Ghana
Region Africa, West and Central
Continent Africa
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Northern region: upper basin of Volta lake area; Brong-Ahafo region: Kintampa North district, separate area to west.   Source:  Ethnologue 2016
Country Ghana
Region Africa, West and Central
Continent Africa
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Northern region: upper basin of Volta lake area; Brong-Ahafo region: Kintampa North district, separate area to west..   Source:  Ethnologue 2016
Primary Language Gonja (385,000 speakers)
Language Code gjn   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Gonja (385,000 speakers)
Language Code gjn   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Gonja

Primary Language:  Gonja

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1967-2008)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1984)
Bible-Complete Yes  (2015)
Bible-NT Text Online
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon
World Bibles
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
Virtual Storehouse
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching
Film / Video God's Story video
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Gonja
Film / Video Walk with Jesus video
General Gospel resources links
Text / Printed Matter Bible: Gonja
Text / Printed Matter Literacy primer for Gonja
Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religion Percent
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.50 %)
4.00 %
Ethnic Religions
38.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
58.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Christian Segments Percent
Anglican
0.0 %
Independent
50.0 %
Orthodox
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
Protestant
25.0 %
Roman Catholic
25.0 %
Photo Source Anonymous 
Map Source Bryan Nicholson / cartoMission  
Profile Source Joshua Project  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more


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