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Dagaaba, Southern in Ghana

Dagaaba, Southern

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
1,124,000 Dagaare, Southern Christianity 75.00 % 22.46 %   

Dagaaba, Southern in Ghana

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Introduction / History
The language of the Dagaaba is Dagaare. The Dagaaba people inhabit the far north-west corner of Ghana, covering parts of the Lambussie-Nandom, Lawra-Jirapa, and Nadawali-Funsi districts. The area that they inhabit covers about 4,000 square kilometers in Ghana and extends into Burkina Faso to cover the same sort of area. They do not consider themselves as a 'tribe' and are composed of many different clans, but they are distinct from their neighbors and are therefore known to outsiders by the common title of Dagaaba.

The Dagaaba are farmers cultivating crops including guinea corn, yam, millet, maize, groundnuts, beans and sweet potatoes. The Dagaaba compounds vary greatly according to area, size and date of construction. It is agreed that the Dagaaba have occupied their present homeland for some 300 years and it is possible that the Dagaaba people were formed when they split away from the Dagomba.

The Catholics entered the area in 1929 and made quite an impact with the treatment that they administered to yaws and other prevalent diseases. The work grew quite quickly and Catholicism has a great impact on Dagaaba life. Other churches entered the area in 1954 and have taken up the challenge of literacy and Bible translation work. Up to now though the Catholic church is the largest Christian church in the area.

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Country: Ghana
Continent: Africa
Region: Africa, West and Central
10/40 Window: No
Location in Country:Upper West region. Northwest corner.
(Source: Ethnologue 2016)
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People Name in Country: Dagaaba, Southern
People Name General: Dagaaba, Southern
Alternate People Names:
DagatiSouthern Dagaari
ROP3 Code: 102366
Joshua Project People ID: 11466
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 1,124,000
Population all Countries: 1,124,000
Least-Reached: No
Affinity Bloc: Sub-Saharan Peoples
People Cluster: Gur
People Name General: Dagaaba, Southern
Ethnic Code: NAB56a
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Dagaare, Southern (1,124,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): dga    Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Christianity
Religion Sub-division:Roman Catholic
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity75.00 %(Evangelical: 22.46 %)
Ethnic Religions20.00 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam5.00 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small0.00 % 
Unknown0.00 % 
Christianity Segments:
Anglican0.00 %
Independent0.00 %
Protestant10.00 %
Orthodox0.00 %
Other Christian0.00 %
Roman Catholic90.00 %
(Evangelicals distributed across Christianity segments)
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Progress Scale[6]   Evangelicals have a significant presence.
Least-Reached: No
GSEC Status:Level 4   Greater than or equal to 2% Evangelical
Bible Translation Status
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Bible Portions: 1970
New Testament:
Complete Bible: None Reported
Possible Bible Sources: Forum of Bible Agencies
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 World Christian Resource Directory
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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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Film / VideoJesus Film: view in Dagaare, Southern
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Dagaaba, Southern in Ghana

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People Cluster
    Gur     Africa, West and Central    
      Dagaaba, Southern Ghana    
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