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Chakali in Ghana

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
9,400 Chakali Ethnic Religions 3.00 % 1.50 % No No   

Chakali in Ghana

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Introduction / History
The Chakali are located in a group of 7 villages east of Wa in Ghana's Upper West Region. They are subsistence farmers but also raise cattle. The main crop in the region is yam. 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.

Each Chakali village has a Wali chief which is the primary neighboring group to the Chakali. 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 and see at the Wa market. This interaction with their Wali neighbors also brought the Chakali increased contact with Islam. In the past 20 years, many Chakali have embraced this teaching 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.

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

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Global Prayer Digest: 2017-02-12
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Country: Ghana
Continent: Africa
Region: Africa, West and Central
10/40 Window: No
Location in Country:Upper West region: Wa East district; Northern region: West Gonja district; Ducie village is largest.
(Source: Ethnologue 2016)
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  Peoples [3]
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People Name in Country: Chakali
People Name General: Chakali
ROP3 Code: 101970
Joshua Project People ID: 11292
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 9,400
Population all Countries: 9,400
Least-Reached: Yes
Affinity Bloc: Sub-Saharan Peoples
People Cluster: Gur
People Name General: Chakali
Ethnic Code: NAB56a
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Chakali (9,400 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): cli    Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Ethnic Religions
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity3.00 %(Evangelical: 1.50 %)
Ethnic Religions89.00 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam8.00 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small0.00 % 
Unknown0.00 % 
Christianity Segments:
Anglican0.00 %
Independent10.00 %
Protestant35.00 %
Orthodox0.00 %
Other Christian0.00 %
Roman Catholic55.00 %
(Evangelicals distributed across Christianity segments)
Progress Indicators [5]
Progress Scale[6]   Few evangelicals and few who claim to be Christians. Little, if any, history of Christianity.
Least-Reached: Yes
GSEC Status:Level 2   Less than 2% Evangelical. Initial (localized) church planting within past 2 years
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New Testament: None Reported
Complete Bible: None Reported
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Audio RecordingsAudio Bible teaching (GRN)
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Chakali in Ghana

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People Cluster
    Gur     Africa, West and Central    
      Chakali Ghana    
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            Chakali in Ghana          
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      Ethnic Religions     Chakali  
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