Benkonjo in Central African Republic

The Benkonjo have only been reported in Central African Republic
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Introduction / History

UKWEJO means "hard" or "iron" in the Ukhwejo language which is spoken by the Benkonjo people group of the Central African Republic. The call themselves Mboungondjo, and they are actually a fusion of five tribes: the Mikororos, Yakokis-Djaro, Peleng, Kanang and Long-et-Long . They are governed by traditional chiefs.


Where Are they Located?

For the past 100 years the Benkonjo people have lived in the Nguoulo village in the town of Nola. Their original village was Wangoh, but because of the railroad constructed by settlers they had to move to Ngoulo. There are about 2850 Benkonjo living there now, although Benkonjo have moved to Cameroon and the Republic of Congo due to insecurity of the area. They are a solitary people who prefer to live on the margins of other peoples’ land and villages.


What Are Their Lives Like?

According to a legend of the Benkonjo there was a tribal war between themselves and another people. The war was intense and the Benkonjo wanted to flee across a deep river. As there was no bridge, one of the Long-et-Long people (which means "twins" or "snake") turned into a bridge allowing all of the people to cross the river to safety. To this day their main activities are fishing and farming.

The majority of Benkonjo people mainly communicate in their own Ukhwejo Language. However many will use Sango as a language of exchange and integration into the surrounding society.

The Benkonjo consider anyone who does not speak their language to be a foreigner so it would be best for them to be reached by a native speaker. A government agency tried to plant a church but was not successful because the temporary workers who started the church have been transferred out of the area. It would be best for the few native believers to lead their own church. There is a need for discipleship.


What Are Their Beliefs?

Most of he Benkonjo practice animism, worshiping two spirits called Mololo and Soh. 85% of the people are illiterate and there is no government effort to establish schools for them. There is no scripture in the Ukhwejo language.

When work began among the Benkonjo there were only 3 believers to be found. Over a year’s time that number grew to 221 believers.

There is no Christian congregation which meets in a church building, but there are now 13 house churches among the Benkonjo.


Prayer Points

* Scripture Prayers for the Benkonjo in Central African Republic.


Profile Source:   Anonymous  
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People Name General Benkonjo
People Name in Country Benkonjo
Population this Country 2,800
Population all Countries 2,800
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 5
Unreached No
Frontier People Group No
GSEC 1  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed
Alternate Names Benkonj; Ukhewjo
People ID 10794
ROP3 Code 101260
Country Central African Republic
Region Africa, West and Central
Continent Africa
10/40 Window No
Persecution Rank 35  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Location in Country Sangha-Mbaéré prefecture: south of Nola. Ukhwejo in Ngulo; Bikaka in Nalimo, Salo, Bayanga, and Gbaso; Piiga in Koola, Ambasila; Kamsili in Bomanzoku, Linjombo, both sides of Sanga river. 7 villages.   Source:  Ethnologue 2016
Country Central African Republic
Region Africa, West and Central
Continent Africa
10/40 Window No
Persecution Rank 35  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Location in Country Sangha-Mbaéré prefecture: south of Nola. Ukhwejo in Ngulo; Bikaka in Nalimo, Salo, Bayanga, and Gbaso; Piiga in Koola, Ambasila; Kamsili in Bomanzoku, Linjombo, both sides of Sanga river. 7 villages..   Source:  Ethnologue 2016
Primary Language Ukhwejo (2,800 speakers)
Language Code ukh   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Unknown
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Ukhwejo (2,800 speakers)
Language Code ukh   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Ukhwejo

Primary Language:  Ukhwejo

Bible Translation Status:  Translation Needed

Resource Type Resource Name
None reported  
Primary Religion: Christianity
Religion Subdivision: Roman Catholic
Major Religion Percent
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 22.10 %)
77.00 %
Ethnic Religions
20.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
3.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Christian Segments Percent
Anglican
0.0 %
Independent
5.0 %
Orthodox
0.0 %
Other Christian
25.0 %
Protestant
20.0 %
Roman Catholic
50.0 %
Photo Source Erik Laursen, New Covenant Missions 
Map Source Anonymous  
Profile Source Anonymous  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more


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