Chakali in Ghana

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Map Source:  Anonymous
People Name: Chakali
Country: Ghana
10/40 Window: No
Population: 9,800
World Population: 9,800
Primary Language: Chakali
Primary Religion: Ethnic Religions
Christian Adherents: 3.00 %
Evangelicals: 1.50 %
Scripture: Translation Started
Online Audio NT: No
Jesus Film: No
Audio Recordings: Yes
People Cluster: Gur
Affinity Bloc: Sub-Saharan Peoples
Progress Level:

Introduction / History

The Chakali are located in a group of 7 villages east of Wa in Ghana's Upper West Region.

What Are Their Lives Like?

The Chakali are very hospitable people. Their kindness to strangers often extends to the women joining in song and dance and the outsiders being presented with gifts of yam.

They are subsistence farmers but also raise cattle. The main crop in the region is yams.

In typical north-western style, the Chakali live in flat-roofed mud and wood houses which are connected to form large family compounds. The Chakali follow a matrilineal system and traditionally they marry within their clan, with husband and wife often coming from the same village.

In the early 1970s there was an increase in trade between the Chakali and their Wali neighbors. Today, many will make the 20-40 mile journey each week to go to a Wali market. Each Chakali village has a Wali chief. The Wali is a dominant neighboring group to the Chakali.

What Are Their Beliefs?

This interaction with their Wali neighbors also brought the Chakali increased contact with Islam. In the past 30 years, many Chakali have embraced Islamic teachings and now call themselves Muslim. However, at present, there are no strong indications of Islamic tradition other than the presence of a mosque in several villages.

What Are Their Needs?

The Wali people need the opportunity to put their faith in Jesus Christ. They are in the process of falling into the works-righteousness of the Islamic religious system.

Prayer Points

Pray for workers to go to the Chakali people of Ghana.
Pray for a spiritual hunger that will point them to Jesus Christ.
Pray for a movement to Christ that cannot be stopped by persecution.
Pray for Chakali elders to embrace the gospel and open their communities to the ways of Christ.

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