Jula in Côte d'Ivoire

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Largest Religion
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Introduction / History

The Jula (aka, Dyula) peoples were traders of gold and kola nuts in the 1500s. They were also skilled craftsmen. For centuries the Jula groups have had high status as merchants. Their trading posts eventually morphed into market villages and cities.

Like many other African peoples, the Julas held slaves, usually prisoners of war from other tribes. Some of the Jula people were part of a prestigious warrior class called tuntigi.

Where Are they Located?

The Koyaga Jula people live mainly in the Woroba District of Cote d 'Ivoire.

What Are Their Lives Like?

Their traditional hierarchical society involved nobles and vassals, but that is eroding in today's world. The people whose ancestors were kings and generals do not always have higher status than those whose ancestors were farmers. Some Koyaga Jula people today are farmers like most of their neighbors, though most are still involved with commerce.

The Koyaga Jula people are fiercely loyal to their clans, making one wonder if any disciple making movement might need to be done at the clan level. They maintain their cultural history through the oral traditions of dance and storytelling. These mediums are probably the best for presenting the gospel as well, since the people already have an affinity for this way of communicating.

Their social structure is patrilineal and patriarchal, which means that older males hold the highest status and most of the decision-making power. Men and women reside in separate homes, which are made of mud or cement. Some men have multiple wives, though this is frowned upon.

What Are Their Beliefs?

The Jula peoples, including the Koyaga Jula, have been Muslim since the 1400s. They had good relations with non-Muslim neighbors, and tried to convert them to Islam by setting a good example rather than by force. Today the more prestigious members of this people group send their sons to Islamic schools where they become more entrenched in Islamic theology. Like most Muslim peoples of Africa, they have maintained pre-Islamic beliefs which involve amulets, charms and a complex spirit world.

What Are Their Needs?

The Koyaga Julas have put their faith in the spirit world and the mercy of Allah instead of the atoning blood of Jesus Christ. They need someone to show them the way to the cross so they can experience God's forgiveness.

Prayer Points

Pray for believers to go as His ambassadors to the Koyaga Jula people of Cote d 'Ivoire.
Pray for the Lord to give the gift of faith to many within this people group.
Pray for a disciple making movement to emerge in their homes, villages, and even in their mosques.

Scripture Prayers for the Jula, Dyula in Côte d'Ivoire.


Profiles written by Global Prayer Digest

Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

Additional Info
Global Prayer Digest: 2010-02-05
Global Prayer Digest: 2019-10-26
People Name General Jula, Dyula
People Name in Country Jula, Dyula
Natural Name Jula
Pronunciation JOO-lah
Population this Country 2,823,000
Population all Countries 5,316,000
Total Countries 6
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group No
GSEC 2  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 56
Alternate Names Djoula; Dyula; Joula; Kong; Kong Dyula; Kong Jula; Maasina; Malinka; Wangara; Yola
People ID 12375
ROP3 Code 104323
Country Côte d'Ivoire
Region Africa, West and Central
Continent Africa
10/40 Window No
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Savanes and Zanzan districts; widespread in all major cities.   Source:  Ethnologue 2016
Country Côte d'Ivoire
Region Africa, West and Central
Continent Africa
10/40 Window No
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Savanes and Zanzan districts; widespread in all major cities..   Source:  Ethnologue 2016
Map of Jula, Dyula in Côte d'Ivoire Ethnolinguistic map or other map

Primary Language Jula (2,823,000 speakers)
Language Code dyu   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Jula (2,823,000 speakers)
Language Code dyu   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Jula

Primary Language:  Jula

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1992-1997)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1993-1997)
Bible-Complete Yes  (2008-2013)
Bible-NT Audio Online
Bible-NT Text Online
Possible Print Bibles
World Bibles
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
Virtual Storehouse
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching
Audio Recordings Online New Testament
Audio Recordings Online New Testament
Audio Recordings Oral Bible Stories
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio
Film / Video God's Story video
Film / Video Indigitube.tv Video / Animation
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Jula
Film / Video LUMO film of Gospels
Film / Video Magdalena video
Film / Video The Prophets' Story
Film / Video Walk with Jesus video
General Gospel resources links
Mobile App Download audio Bible app as APK file
Mobile App Download audio Bible app from Google Play Store
Text / Printed Matter Bible: Jula
Text / Printed Matter Topical Scripture booklets and Bible studies
Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.50 %)
0.60 %
Ethnic Religions
5.00 %
0.00 %
94.40 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %
Christian Segments Percent
Other Christian
Roman Catholic
Photo Source Alfonso Castellanos - Wikimedia  Creative Commons 
Map Source People Group location: IMB. Map geography: ESRI / GMI. Map design: Joshua Project.  
Profile Source Keith Carey  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more