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Akasselem in Togo


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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
71,000 Akaselem Islam 1.20 % 1.10 % No No   

Akasselem in Togo

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Introduction / History
In the 19th century, what is now Togo was bordered by Portuguese forts in Ghana. The coastal region of West Africa had such a large slave trade that this region was called the Slave Coast. In 1884, the emerging German Empire established Togo and most of Ghana as a protectorate. Early in WWI, Togoland was overrun and soon divided by the British and the French. The two colonial powers maintained a degree of control over Togo until their independence in 1960. Since that time, Togo has been run primarily by one powerful family. Government corruption is rampant, but efforts to either rebel or bring reform have not worked.

Where are they located?
The Akasselem people live only in central Togo.

What are their lives like?
In Togo, 80 percent of the people are involved in agriculture. What they grow they either eat or sell. Only the elite eats fruits and vegetables; common people eat mainly starchy foods like Cassava, maize, rice, yams, or plantains. They eat two meals a day. Their evening meal includes some protein like fish, goat meat, beef, or beans. They usually include either a hot red pepper sauce or a peanut sauce with these evening meals. People consider beer, gin, and sodabi to be essentials. Sodabi is distilled palm wine.

What are their beliefs?
Most Akasselem people are Muslim, though there is a sizable minority that never left their traditional religion. They might go to the mosque, but on a regular basis, the Akasselem people depend on the traditional spirits rather than Allah for their needs. Less than two percent are Christian of any form.

What are their needs?
The Akasselem people need missionaries. Almost none of these Muslims have been given Jesus the chance to transform their lives and communities.

Prayer Points
* Pray for spiritual discernment and hunger among the Akasselem people of Togo.
* Pray for believers in other parts of Africa to share the gospel with the Akasselem people through music, dance and drama.
* Pray that evangelistic efforts will be followed up with discipleship groups.
* 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: Togo
Continent: Africa
Region: Africa, West and Central
10/40 Window: No
Location in Country:Centrale region: east of Sokodé, Tchamba prefecture.
(Source: Ethnologue 2016)
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Linguistic Map:Ethnologue language map
  Peoples [3]
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People Name in Country: Akasselem
People Name General: Akasselem
Alternate People Names:
ROP3 Code: 101992
Joshua Project People ID: 11297
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 71,000
Population all Countries: 71,000
Least-Reached: Yes
Affinity Bloc: Sub-Saharan Peoples
People Cluster: Gur
People Name General: Akasselem
Ethnic Code: NAB56a
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Akaselem (71,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): aks    Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity1.20 %(Evangelical: 1.10 %)
Ethnic Religions30.00 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam68.80 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small0.00 % 
Unknown0.00 % 
Christianity Segments:
Anglican0.00 %
Independent0.00 %
Protestant0.00 %
Orthodox0.00 %
Other Christian0.00 %
Roman Catholic0.00 %
(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: 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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Akasselem in Togo

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People Cluster
    Gur     Africa, West and Central    
      Akasselem Togo    
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