Banda, Nafana of Côte d'Ivoire
People Name: Banda, Nafana
Country: Côte d'Ivoire
Language: Nafaanra
Population: 4,400
Unreached: Yes
People Cluster: Gur
Primary Religion: Ethnic Religions
% Adherents: 5.00 %
% Evangelical: 0.90 %
Progress Status: 1.0
Profile provided by:

Joshua Project
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Colorado Springs, CO 80962
United States


Introduction / History
Nafaanra is the language of the Nafana people. They are located along the Ivory Coast border, northwest of Wenchi, and south of the Volta in Brong Ahafo Region. The chief towns of the region are Banda and Sampa. They are predominantly farmers with main cash crops of yams and calabashes. Crops for local consumption include corn, millet, beans, groundnut and okra.

They often migrate in a quest for a trade, education, a salaried job or to maybe to escape witchcraft. Several traditions suggest that the Nafana people are comprised of several migrating groups including Muslims. However in 1894 a treaty with Britain enabled them to settle in Ghana and brought an end to their wanderings. People are attracted to Christianity by processions, singing, and the Christian funeral customs, however they are put off by Christian rules about drunkenness and polygamy. They are attracted to Muslims' demonstrations of mutual loyalty and brotherly love, however they are put of by the strict Muslim rules governing animal slaughter.

Banda, Nafana of Côte d'Ivoire