Foodo in Ghana


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Introduction / History

They speak a Niger-Congo language, also called Foodo that is related to Guang. However, they tend to use the Tem language when speaking with outsiders. For this reason, some people confuse the Foodo language as being Tem.

During the 1800s, they formed a close alliance with the Tem. Several people from other ethnic groups, especially the Tem, came and settled in Semere and assimilated with the Foodo. Today, the clan names of the Foodo still reflect these various ethnic origins.

The Foodo region of Benin contains grasslands with rolling hills, rocky soil, and small mountain ranges. The temperatures are warm all year round. Monkeys, wild pigs, panthers, and buffalo are among the variety of animals that live there.


Where Are they Located?

Most of the Foodo people live in west-central Benin, but there is a small number of them in Ghana where they originated. Three hundred years ago most of them emigrated to Benin and have been in the Semere region ever since. Most of them now live in the town of Semere, though some are also located in Gbao and Awotebi.


What Are Their Lives Like?

The Foodo are primarily farmers. Yams, millet, sorghum, corn, and peanuts are their main crops. Goats, sheep, chickens, and hens are kept for their milk, wool, and meat, and to be used as sacrifices. In addition to farming, some of the Foodo engage in trade. A large number of them have also secured influential positions in government, education, and commerce. Overall, the Foodo are better off financially than some of the other people groups in Benin.

A Foodo meal typically includes pounded yams in a sauce, millet or corn porridge, dried fish, and sometimes beef, chicken, or goat. Hot peppers are usually added to the sauces, which consist of peanuts, green leaves, okra, and seeds. Although their nutrition level could be improved, most of the Foodo have adequate food and are not malnourished.

The Foodo live in clustered villages. Village chiefs provide counsel and law for the people. If a villager does not like the chief's decisions, he can go to the police. The villagers live in houses made of mud-brick and thatch, or cement blocks. Most of their homes are rectangular and are built to form a compound. During the rainy season, some of the mud houses collapse. Termites may also destroy the thatched roofs.

The Foodo normally marry outside their own clans. Most marriages are arranged by family members, but the couple also has input in the matter. Men generally marry while they are in their 20s, and most of the women marry while in their late teens. According to Islamic custom, the men may have as many as four wives.

During special occasions or feasts, the Foodo enjoy singing and dancing. The beating of drums resonates from their villages during these festive times. Celebrations include weddings and the "first-yam ceremonies" held every August. They also participate in Islamic feasts each year. During such occasions, the men perform the Takai ("stick dance"). The Foodo people play drums while others blow whistles as part of the celebration. Some of the dancers are decorated with shakers on their ankles.

The Foodo are a friendly people who are proud of their heritage. Many want to ensure that their language does not change due to the surrounding influences. They feel they need written material in their language and opportunities for the people to learn to read and write. They also desire a youth center in their region to keep their young people from moving away from the area.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The Foodo are virtually all Sunni Muslim. However, a few traditional animistic practices (based on the belief that non-living things have spirits) still persist among some. Such practices are done in secret since animistic practices are looked down upon by the Foodo people.


What Are Their Needs?

The Foodo need better health care facilities and qualified medical teams to treat those suffering from malaria, worms, and dysentery. Also, since many of the Foodo have a desire to preserve their language, Christian teachers and literacy workers may have the greatest opportunity to work among them.


Prayer Points

* Scripture Prayers for the Foodo in Ghana.

* Pray for workers to go to the Foodo people in Ghana, and for their hearts to be ready to receive their savior.
* Pray for networks of believing Foodo families and fellowships that will throw the doors open for others to follow Jesus.
* Pray for the Lord to bless the families among the Foodo people with his presence and mercy.
* Pray for believers among this people group to disciple others who will disciple still others.
* Pray for Bible believing fellowships and churches among the Foodo people.


References

https://joshuaproject.net/people_groups/11223/GH
https://joshuaproject.net/people_groups/11223/BN
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lSaDjidC3-E
http://www.globalprayerdigest.org/issue/day/2327/


Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

People Name General Foodo
People Name in Country Foodo
Population this Country 1,100
Population all Countries 44,000
Total Countries 2
Indigenous No
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Alternate Names
People ID 11223
ROP3 Code 103042
Country Ghana
Region Africa, West and Central
Continent Africa
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Country Ghana
Region Africa, West and Central
Continent Africa
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked

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Primary Language Foodo (1,100 speakers)
Language Code fod   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Foodo (1,100 speakers)
Language Code fod   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Foodo

Primary Language:  Foodo

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1998)
Bible-New Testament No
Bible-Complete No
Possible Print Bibles
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Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Text / Printed Matter Jesus Messiah comic book
Text / Printed Matter Online Bible text (Scripture Earth)
Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religion Percent
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.01 %)
0.02 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
99.98 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Christian Segments Percent
Anglican
Unknown
Independent
Unknown
Orthodox
Unknown
Other Christian
Unknown
Protestant
Unknown
Roman Catholic
Unknown
Photo Source Bethany World Prayer Center 
Profile Source Keith Carey  
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