Mpade Kotoko in Chad

Main Language
Largest Religion
Progress Gauge

Introduction / History

The Mpade language is one of the Kotoko languages. The Mpade refer to themselves as Kotoko. The name they give to their "language" depends upon what village they're from and what dialect they speak. A person from a Mpade village will say they speak the Mpade dialect of Kotoko. The Mpade Kotoko are an agricultural people who live near the Nigerian border in southwestern Chad. Most live near the Chari River valley. A smaller group of Mpade live in Cameroon. Chad became independent from France in 1960. Unfortunately, since that date Chad has seen a series of civil wars, the assassinations and arrests of political leaders, coups and wars with Libya and Sudan. A quarter of Chad's income is aid from the UN, NGOs, France, China and the USA. International agencies consider Chad to be a failed state. Less than 40% of the people are able to read and write. Life expectancy in Chad is under 50 years old. In 2003 Chad became an oil exporting nation. Most of the revenue from the oil went to buying weapons and for the salaries of the Chadian military, not for the welfare of the Chadian people.

What Are Their Lives Like?

The Mpade cultivate millet, sorghum, maize, beans, and peanuts. If the rains are plentiful, the Mpade thrive. During periods of draught, the Mpade can face starvation. Some Mpade have moved to the capital city, N'Djamena, looking for a better life. Since most Mpade lack skills and literacy, they end up working menial jobs. Elders rule Mpade villages. A man may have up to four wives if he can afford them. Parents tend to have many children. Many children die before their tenth birthday due to the lack of access to modern medicine. Sons inherit their father's property. The Mpade tend to marry within their own ethnic group. Families arrange marriages with girls marrying at a young age. Most Mpade villages do not have electricity, indoor plumbing and access to clean water. There are few if any known Mpade believers. At the time of this writing no Christian resources exist in the Mpade language.

What Are Their Beliefs?

Mpade claim to be Sunni Muslims. Their Islam is mixed with folk religion and animism. Sunni Muslims try to obey the teachings of the Koran and the prophet Muhammad. Sunnis believe that by following the Five Pillars of Islam that they will attain heaven when they die. However, Allah, the supreme God of the universe, determines who enters paradise. Sunnis pray five times a day facing Mecca. They fast the month of Ramadan. They attend mosque services on Friday. If a Muslim has the means, he or she will make a pilgrimage to Mecca once in his or her lifetime. Muslims are also prohibited from drinking alcohol, eating pork, gambling, stealing, using deceit, slandering, and making idols. The two main holidays for Sunni Muslims are Eid al Fitr, the breaking of the monthly fast and Eid al Adha, the celebration of Abraham's willingness to sacrifice his son to Allah.

What Are Their Needs?

The Mpade have huge physical and spiritual needs. Most Mpade villages need a source of clean water. Solar panels can bring electricity to the Mpade to power cell phones and appliances. The Mpade would greatly benefit from the blessing of modern medicine. Most of all, the Mpade must hear and understand the good news about Jesus Christ.

Prayer Points

Ask the Lord to send workers to the Mpade to share with them the gospel of Christ. Pray that the Bible and other resources would be translated into the Mpade dialect of Kotoko. Pray that Mpade parent would be able to provide for their children. Pray that Christian workers would be able to drill wells so that the Mpade would have access to clean water. Pray that the Lord raises up churches among the Mpade in this decade.

Scripture Prayers for the Kotoko, Mpade in Chad.

Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Kotoko, Mpade
People Name in Country Kotoko, Mpade
Natural Name Mpade Kotoko
Alternate Names Makari; Malgwe; Shoe
Population this Country 5,800
Population all Countries 32,000
Total Countries 2
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group No
GSEC 1  (per
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
People ID 13844
ROP3 Code 106841
ROP25 Code 305646
ROP25 Name Mpade
Country Chad
Region Africa, West and Central
Continent Africa
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Hadjer-Lamis region: Haraze Al Biar department, Mani subprefecture, south of Lake Chad; N’Djamena town; Mani area on Logone river, north of N’Djamena.   Source:  Ethnologue 2016
Country Chad
Region Africa, West and Central
Continent Africa
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Hadjer-Lamis region: Haraze Al Biar department, Mani subprefecture, south of Lake Chad; N’Djamena town; Mani area on Logone river, north of N’Djamena..   Source:  Ethnologue 2016
Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.80 %)
2.00 %
Ethnic Religions
19.00 %
0.00 %
79.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %
Primary Language Mpade (5,800 speakers)
Language Code mpi   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Mpade (5,800 speakers)
Language Code mpi   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Mpade

Primary Language:  Mpade

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes
Bible-New Testament No
Bible-Complete No
Possible Print Bibles
World Bibles
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
Virtual Storehouse
Resource Type Resource Name Source
None reported  
Map Source Anonymous  
Profile Source Joshua Project 
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