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Buem in Togo


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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
7,900 Lelemi Christianity 95.00 % 2.00 %   

Buem in Togo

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Introduction / History
The Balemi (Buem) are a subsistence farming people living in the forested mountains of Ghana's central Volta Region. In the mid 1900s the area led the Volta region in Cocoa production and tin roofing sheets replaced the traditional log/earth roofs seen only on traditional shrine houses today. Most young men leave the towns in search of work in the capital. Traditional marriage customs are dying out. Most children are born out of wedlock and siblings rarely have one set of parents. Education standards have dropped since 1960, and jobs are no longer available for those who can afford education.

There is an increased interest in the Mother Tongue and community based education. The Balemi (Buem) are proud of their role as leaders of the Volta Region. During the Ashanti Wars (1865-90) their chief formed a confederacy to resist Ashanti dominance and kept trade routes open from the North to the coast. Originally guided by earth priests, the Balemi have adopted the Akan chieftaincy system and Asafo company structure. Eastern Buem is predominantly Catholic (with Ewe being the second language) and Western Buem is Presbyterian (using Twi). The majority of the Buem people are nominal or social Christians, few are committed Christians. Buem are well organized and capable of working together well to meet community needs. Unfortunately the reintroduction of the yam festival and its accompanying Taboos has created polarization in the community, as some Christians have not agreed to maintaining the taboos. This gives the Church an opportunity to help people sort through the cultural-social and cultural-religious distinctions.

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Country: Togo
Continent: Africa
Region: West and Central Africa
10/40 Window: No
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  Peoples [3]
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People Name in Country: Buem
People Name General: Buem
Alternate People Names:
ROP3 Code: 101699
Joshua Project People ID: 10983
Indigenous: No
Population in Country: 7,900
Population all Countries: 80,000
Least-Reached: No
Affinity Bloc: Sub-Saharan Peoples
People Cluster: Guinean
People Name General: Buem
Ethnic Code: NAB59b
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Primary Language: Lelemi (7,900 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): lef    Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Christianity
Religion Sub-division:Roman Catholic
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity95.00 %(Evangelical: 2.00 %)
Ethnic Religions5.00 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam0.00 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small0.00 % 
Unknown0.00 % 
Christianity Segments:
Anglican0.00 %
Independent10.00 %
Protestant10.00 %
Orthodox0.00 %
Other Christian0.00 %
Roman Catholic80.00 %
(Evangelicals distributed across Christianity segments)
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Least-Reached: No
GSEC Status:Level 4   Greater than or equal to 2% Evangelical
Bible Translation Status
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Bible Portions: 1984-1999
New Testament:
Complete Bible: 2014
Possible Bible Sources: Forum of Bible Agencies
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Ministry Resources [7]
Audio RecordingsMegaVoice Audio Bible and Stories
Audio RecordingsAudio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio RecordingsOnline New Testament (FCBH)
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Buem in Togo

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    Guinean     West and Central Africa    
      Buem Togo    
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