Wolof in United States

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Introduction / History

The Senegalese of West Africa emigrated in large numbers to the United States in the twentieth century. Many went to New York and the Wolof among them. There are many Senegalese in Harlem in the region of 116th. Street between St. Nicholas and 8th. Avenues. Some are volunteer interpreters at Harlem Hospital. The Wolof language is used in the region and in Senegalese restaurants for example. Many Senegalese are shop owners and have travel agencies. Wolof speakers have mixed well in American society while keeping their own language. Retaining their own language helps keep unity with them.

Where Are they Located?

There is said to be about thirty thousand Wolof who have come to live in New York. Many are vendors on the Manhattan streets and are working to fund one of the largest mosques in West Africa. They get blessings from their spiritual leader and they hope God will favor them as a result.

What Are Their Lives Like?

There are three Senegalese radio stations among them and the radio presenters often speak in Wolof.

The Wolof are dependent on the community in New York but they are no longer saturated in folk Islam that is in their African countries of origin. The Wolof in New York could be more receptive to the gospel message. In the United States they live in crowded apartments paying no rent for the first few months.

What Are Their Beliefs?

They follow Islam. Missionaries who have lived amongst the Wolof have found it difficult to evangelize them. One reason is that it is hard for them to leave the community and be self-reliant. (The need for Christians to show them true friendship here).

What Are Their Needs?

Missionaries in West Africa believe that there is much potential for giving the gospel message to the Wolof in New York but need the help of New York churches. Immigrants could be very effective in giving the gospel message to their families in West Africa.

New York churches when combined with missionaries from abroad could help bring many of the Wolof to Jesus Christ and also help in bringing salvation to the city of New York.

Prayer Points

Pray that the Wolof immigrants in the U.S.A. will come to salvation and help bring their African families to Jesus Christ also.

Scripture Prayers for the Wolof in United States.



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Additional Info
Global Prayer Digest: 2016-05-31
Global Prayer Digest: 2020-07-04
Link Up Africa
People Name General Wolof
People Name in Country Wolof
Pronunciation WOE-loff
Population this Country 66,000
Population all Countries 6,447,000
Total Countries 12
Indigenous No
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group No
GSEC 1  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Alternate Names Gambian; Gambian Wolof; Lebu
People ID 15414
ROP3 Code 110856
Country United States
Region America, North and Caribbean
Continent North America
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country New York (Harlem)   Source:  Global Gates 2021
Country United States
Region America, North and Caribbean
Continent North America
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country New York (Harlem).   Source:  Global Gates 2021
Primary Language Wolof (66,000 speakers)
Language Code wol   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Wolof (66,000 speakers)
Language Code wol   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Wolof

Primary Language:  Wolof

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1873-1997)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1987-2010)
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 Source
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching Global Recordings Network
Audio Recordings Online New Testament Faith Comes by Hearing
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio Jesus Film Project
Film / Video God's Story video God's Story
Film / Video Indigitube.tv Video / Animation Create International
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Wolof Jesus Film Project
Film / Video King of Glory movie General / Other
Film / Video Magdalena video Jesus Film Project
Film / Video The Prophets' Story Create International
Film / Video The Scales of God Create International
General Bible for Children Bible for Children
General Gospel resources links Scripture Earth
General Walk with the Prophets and meet the Messiah Al Massira
Text / Printed Matter Download scripture in this language eBible.org
Text / Printed Matter Literacy primer for Wolof Literacy & Evangelism International
Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.50 %)
2.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
0.00 %
98.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %
Christian Segments Percent
Other Christian
Roman Catholic
Photo Source Anonymous 
Map Source Bethany World Prayer Center  
Profile Source Anonymous  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more