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Anii in Benin


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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
44,000 Anii Islam 2.00 % 1.00 % No No   

Anii in Benin

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Introduction / History
The Anii language has quite a number of dialects, and each village may speak its own dialect. There may be difficulty in understanding between these dialects. According to the Ethnologue, individuals in the Anii tribe may also speak French, Southern Nago, Tem, and perhaps Akaselem.

Benin has the largest population of Anii people, but there is also a sizable minority in Togo. There are about 18 villages of Anii in Benin, and four in Togo. Many of the villages developed somewhat in isolation from each other, hence the difficulties of understanding the different dialects. The Anii people are said to be rather diverse, not only in language and dialect.

Where are they located?
In Benin, Basilla is the largest city occupied by the Anii, and is near the border with Togo. In Togo, Balanka, Kouloumi, Nandjoubi, and Afem are the Anii villages.

What are their beliefs?
The Anii are Muslim. Churches in the area are said to not include people from the Anii tribe.

What are their needs?
Scripture is not available in the Anii language, although it is available in some of the other languages spoken by the Anii. Please pray for availability of scripture, and for other resources such as the Jesus film. Gospel recordings are available in Anii.

Prayer Points
* Pray for evangelists and church planters to be sent to the Anii, in both Benin and Togo.
* Pray the Lord will prepare hearts to understand and believe.
* Pray these new believers will become zealous disciples of Jesus.
* Pray for translation of the Bible to begin in this people group's primary language.
* Pray for the availability of the Jesus Film in the primary language of this people.


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Country: Benin
Continent: Africa
Region: Africa, West and Central
10/40 Window: Yes
Location in Country:Northwest Donga department: Bassila commune, on Togo border, and 18 area villages.
(Source: Ethnologue 2016)
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Linguistic Map:Ethnologue language map
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People Name in Country: Anii
People Name General: Anii
Alternate People Names:
ROP3 Code: 101101
Joshua Project People ID: 10706
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 44,000
Population all Countries: 62,000
Least-Reached: Yes
Affinity Bloc: Sub-Saharan Peoples
People Cluster: Guinean
People Name General: Anii
Ethnic Code: NAB59b
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Anii
Language Code (ISO): blo    Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity2.00 %(Evangelical: 1.00 %)
Ethnic Religions18.00 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam80.00 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small0.00 % 
Unknown0.00 % 
Christianity Segments:
Anglican0.00 %
Independent11.00 %
Protestant3.00 %
Orthodox0.00 %
Other Christian1.00 %
Roman Catholic85.00 %
(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
Bible Translation Status
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Bible Portions: Help start a Bible Translation
New Testament: None Reported
Complete Bible: None Reported
Ministry Resources [7]
Audio RecordingsMegaVoice Audio Bible and Stories
Audio RecordingsAudio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio RecordingsStoryRunners Oral Bible Stories
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Anii in Benin

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People Cluster
    Guinean     Africa, West and Central    
      Anii Benin    
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