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Safaliba, Safazo in Ghana

Safaliba, Safazo

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
9,100 Safaliba Islam 10.00 % 7.50 % No No   

Safaliba, Safazo in Ghana

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Introduction / History
The Safaliba people reportedly came from an area in today's Cote d'Ivoire and settled in an area of about sixty square kilometers around what is now Mandari near Bole in the Northern Province of Ghana. Later on the Gonjas arrived in the area and the Safaliba surrendered to this more numerous and powerful people group. Due to this peaceful submission the Safaliba were allowed to retain their chieftaincy alongside the Gonjas' and the Gonjas do not ask any taxes from the Safaliba and cohabitation is friendly. The Safaliba also have continued to settle their own cases for their own people.

The Safaliba's main subsistence is farming, mainly of yams, cassava, millet, corn, and groundnuts. They are also involved in shea butter extraction. Their houses are rectangular with flat mud roofs and intricate designs imprinted on the walls. Several houses are joined together and create a fortress-like impression. Access to the roof is gained by means of a beam with cut out steps.

The influences of traditional religion and Islam are present, but the Christian churches are on the rise. There is a great openness to Christianity among the Safaliba, and the churches are growing in all age groups. The Roman Catholic Church has the main Christian influence in the area, but there are also a few protestant churches. The churches are still very young, there are no church buildings in the four Safaliba villages. The openness to Bible translation is great as well. Language surveyors have encountered ready cooperation. The authorities are welcoming and cooperative.

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Country: Ghana
Continent: Africa
Region: Africa, West and Central
10/40 Window: No
Total Provinces on file:1
Location in Country:Northern region: Mandari, Tanyire, Manfuli, and Gbenfu villages; Bote, Sawla, Kalba town areas.
(Source: Ethnologue 2016)
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People Name in Country: Safaliba, Safazo
People Name General: Safaliba
Alternate People Names:
ROP3 Code: 108504
Joshua Project People ID: 14633
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 9,100
Population all Countries: 9,100
Least-Reached: No
Affinity Bloc: Sub-Saharan Peoples
People Cluster: Gur
People Name General: Safaliba
Ethnic Code: NAB56a
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Safaliba (9,100 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): saf    Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity10.00 %(Evangelical: 7.50 %)
Ethnic Religions30.00 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam60.00 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small0.00 % 
Unknown0.00 % 
Christianity Segments:
Anglican0.00 %
Independent40.00 %
Protestant35.00 %
Orthodox0.00 %
Other Christian0.00 %
Roman Catholic25.00 %
(Evangelicals distributed across Christianity segments)
Progress Indicators [5]
Progress Scale[6]   Evangelicals have a modest presence.
Least-Reached: No
GSEC Status:Level 4   Greater than or equal to 2% Evangelical
Bible Translation Status
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Bible Portions: 2003
New Testament: None Reported
Complete Bible: None Reported
Possible Bible Sources: Forum of Bible Agencies
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Safaliba, Safazo in Ghana

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  Affinity Bloc             Global  
People Cluster
    Gur     Africa, West and Central    
      Safaliba Ghana    
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            Safaliba, Safazo in Ghana          
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      Islam     Safaliba  
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