Anufo in Ghana

Main Language
Largest Religion
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Introduction / History

The Anufo people originally began as a group of mercenaries who left Cote d'Ivoire to help the chiefs of two powerful tribes in Ghana during the mid 1700s. Eventually they assimilated into the communities that they once raided! The Anufo trace their roots to an area in present-day Cote D'Ivoire which they call Anou or Ano. Hence, they refer to themselves and their language as Anufo "people of Anu." They are also called Chakossi.

The Anufo in Ghana currently inhabit an area of savannah grassland in the northeastern part of Ghana.

What Are Their Lives Like?

The soil is poor, yet their main occupation is farming. Men and women work together for communal harvests. Markets in the area follow a six day cycle, and they provide social interaction as well as economic activity. People bring their local produce to sell in order to buy such things as soup ingredients (women) or bicycle parts (young men). It is a patrilineal society.

What Are Their Beliefs?

The Anufo are primarily Islamic. There are several Anufo churches. They keep many African traditional beliefs, which are blended with their Islamic beliefs. This legend offers an example of how they blend traditional beliefs with Islam. Before a child is born, an ancestral spirit tells Allah all that will happen during his or her lifetime. Each child is born with a special destiny. If he has a good destiny, he will become an ancestor. If his destiny is he can change it through spiritual help. Without this help, his spirit will be wild, and the person's name will be forgotten.

What Are Their Needs?

The Anufo people need to put their faith in the person, Jesus Christ, rather than a religious system.

Prayer Points

Pray for this people group to experience an abundant harvest that will point them to the all-powerful, loving Lord.
Pray for the Anufo people to prosper spiritually through a relationship with Christ.
Pray for Holy Spirit sent workers among the Anufo people.
Pray for a movement to Christ among this people group.

Scripture Prayers for the Anufo in Ghana.

Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

Additional Info
Global Prayer Digest: 2017-02-08
People Name General Anufo
People Name in Country Anufo
Population this Country 120,000
Population all Countries 241,000
Total Countries 3
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group No
GSEC 4  (per
Pioneer Workers Needed 2
Alternate Names Chakosi; Tchokos; Tchokosi; Tchokossi
People ID 10355
ROP3 Code 100396
Country Ghana
Region Africa, West and Central
Continent Africa
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Northern region: Wawjayga area.   Source:  Ethnologue 2016
Country Ghana
Region Africa, West and Central
Continent Africa
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Northern region: Wawjayga area..   Source:  Ethnologue 2016
Map of Anufo in Ghana
Primary Religion: Ethnic Religions
Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.65 %)
0.72 %
Ethnic Religions
81.28 %
0.00 %
18.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %
Primary Language Anufo (120,000 speakers)
Language Code cko   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Anufo (120,000 speakers)
Language Code cko   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Anufo

Primary Language:  Anufo

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1993)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (2006-2010)
Bible-Complete No
Bible-NT Audio Online
Possible Print Bibles
World Bibles
Forum Bible Agencies
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Virtual Storehouse
Resource Type Resource Name Source
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching Global Recordings Network
Audio Recordings Online New Testament Faith Comes by Hearing
Audio Recordings Oral Bible Stories Story Runners
Film / Video God's Story video God's Story
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Anufo Jesus Film Project
Film / Video LUMO film of Gospels Bible Media Group/LUMO
General Gospel resources links Scripture Earth
Mobile App Download audio Bible app as APK file Faith Comes by Hearing
Mobile App Download audio Bible app from Google Play Store Faith Comes by Hearing
Text / Printed Matter Bible: Anufo YouVersion Bibles
Text / Printed Matter Literacy primer for Anufo Literacy & Evangelism International
Photo Source Copyrighted © 2023  Kerry Olson  All rights reserved.  Used with permission
Map Source People Group location: IMB. Map geography: ESRI / GMI. Map design: Joshua Project.  
Profile Source Joshua Project  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more