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Zarma in Ghana


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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
9,100 Zarma Islam 0.50 % 0.10 %   

Zarma in Ghana

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Introduction / History
The Zerma people are a West African ethnic group with no recorded history and no ancient texts. Like other ethnic groups of the region, much of their known history comes from Islamic records after the 8th century. The Zerma people are also known as Djerma, Dyerma, Zaberma, Zabarma or Zabermawa.

Where are they located?
The Zerma people are an ethnic group predominantly found in westernmost Niger, but also found in significant numbers in the adjacent areas of Nigeria and Benin, along with smaller numbers in Burkina Faso, Ivory Coast, and Ghana. Many Zerma people have migrated into prosperous coastal cities in Ghana.

What are their lives like?
The Zerma people grow corn, millet, sorghum, rice, tobacco, cotton, and peanuts during the rainy season, June to November. They have traditionally owned herds of animals, which they rent out to others till they are ready to be sold for meat. Some own horses, a legacy of those Zerma people who historically belonged to the warrior class and were skilled cavalrymen in Islamic armies. Living along the Niger River, some Zerma people rely on fishing. The property inheritance and occupational descent is patrilineal. They are known as honest and hardworking.

It is not considered unusual for a Zerma man to take more than one wife, although this practice is more common among the older and wealthier men. For some, it is a sign of social status.
In general, the women are responsible for cooking, cleaning, hauling water, caring for the children, and numerous other chores that fill a full day. Women have little leisure time.

Housing is generally mud brick – either round with mud walls or rectangular with walls made of sun-dried mud bricks. Most houses have straw thatched roofs. If a man has more than one wife, each wife will have a separate house for her and her children.

The Zerma people have a rich tradition of music, group dance, and singing. The common musical instruments that accompany these arts include gumbe (big drum), dondon (talking drums), molo or kuntigui (string instruments), and the goge (violin-like instrument). Some of this music accompanies spirit possession-related rituals.

What are their beliefs?
The Zerma people are predominantly Sunni Muslims. They also practice traditional religion which involves wearing charms and amulets, and consulting mediums. Muslim traders took a major role in introducing Islam to the Zerma people.

What are their needs?
Although many Bible resources are available in their language, Zarma, these people are accustomed to other sources for meeting their spiritual needs. Old customs die hard, though their spiritual needs are obvious. Much prayer and loving effort must be invested by people who know God's truth before fruit will abound.

Prayer Points
* Pray that the Zerma people will become broken hearted over their sins, and will seek their Savior, even before they know whom they are seeking.
* Pray that Almighty God will break down walls and strongholds that have dominated these dear people for centuries.
* Pray for a Christ-oriented disciple making movement to flourish among the Zerma people in Ghana.

(Profiles written by Karen Hightower of Global Prayer Digest)

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Global Prayer Digest: 2017-02-22
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Country: Ghana
Continent: Africa
Region: Africa, West and Central
10/40 Window: No
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People Name in Country: Zarma
People Name General: Zarma
Alternate People Names:
ROP3 Code: 111171
Joshua Project People ID: 16100
Indigenous: No
Population in Country: 9,100
Population all Countries: 4,096,000
Least-Reached: Yes
Affinity Bloc: Sub-Saharan Peoples
People Cluster: Songhai
People Name General: Zarma
Ethnic Code: NAB65c
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Zarma (9,100 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): dje    Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity0.50 %(Evangelical: 0.10 %)
Ethnic Religions20.00 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam79.50 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small0.00 % 
Unknown0.00 % 
Christianity Segments:
Anglican0.00 %
Independent20.00 %
Protestant30.00 %
Orthodox0.00 %
Other Christian0.00 %
Roman Catholic50.00 %
(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 1   Less than 2% Evangelical. Some evangelical resources available, but no active church planting within past 2 years
Bible Translation Status
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Bible Portions: 1934
New Testament:
Complete Bible: 1989-1990
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)
Audio RecordingsStory of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project ...
Film / VideoJesus Film: view in Zarma
GeneralGod's Simple Plan
Text / Printed MatterOneHope resources for children and youth
Text / Printed MatterWorld Missionary Press Booklets
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Zarma in Ghana

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      Zarma Ghana    
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