Wolof in Canada

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Introduction / History

Hundreds of years ago, the Wolof conquered many tribes in what is now northwestern Senegal. By the end of the 1300s, the Wolof had grown into a large empire of separate, self-governing states. By the 1500s, the empire had split into four major Wolof kingdoms. During the 17th and 18th centuries, Europeans exported slaves, ivory, and gold from Senegal, which became known as a center of the slave trade. Slavery was abolished in 1848. Senegal was a French colony before their independence in the 1960s.

Today the Wolof are the dominant people group in Senegal, the westernmost country in Africa. Some of them have moved to other parts of Africa. A few have strayed as far as France, New York City, and Canada.

Where Are they Located?

Wolof people can be found in the Canadian cities of Ottawa, Montreal, Quebec, and Winnipeg.

What Are Their Lives Like?

The Wolof people are mainly from Senegal, where there is little electricity or indoor water. The climate is warm or hot most of the year. They are adjusting to a cold climate with abundant snow, and an advanced, urban culture. The adjustment must be difficult.

What Are Their Beliefs?

The Wolof are attracted to the Sufi form of Islam more than other Muslim peoples. Sufism is much more mystical and "emotional" than other forms of Islam. In Senegal, about 92 percent of the people belong to a Sufi brotherhood, also called tariqas. This indicates a possible interest in the emotional side of spirituality. Perhaps those who share Christ with the Wolof people can use this as a bridge.

What Are Their Needs?

There is freedom of religion in Canada, and believers need to take advantage of it and reach out to Muslim peoples like the Wolof people. Believers can teach language and job skills to Wolof people who want to earn a living in Canada.

Prayer Points

Pray for dedicated workers who are willing to spend years trying to win and equip Wolof people to be disciples in Christ's Kingdom.
Pray for a Wolof based church planting movement to begin in Canada.
Pray for the Wolof people to have easy access to gospel materials.

Scripture Prayers for the Wolof in Canada.



Profile Source:   Global Prayer Digest  

People Name General Wolof
People Name in Country Wolof
Pronunciation WOE-loff
Alternate Names Gambian; Gambian Wolof; Lebu
Population this Country 7,800
Population all Countries 6,856,000
Total Countries 13
Indigenous No
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group No
GSEC 1  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
People ID 15414
ROP3 Code 110856
ROP25 Code 308823
ROP25 Name Wolof
Country Canada
Region America, North and Caribbean
Continent North America
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Country Canada
Region America, North and Caribbean
Continent North America
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religion Percent
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.30 %)
2.00 %
Ethnic Religions
98.00 %
Other / Small
Primary Language Wolof (7,800 speakers)
Language Code wol   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Wolof (7,800 speakers)
Language Code wol   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Wolof

Primary Language:  Wolof

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1873-1997)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1987-2010)
Bible-Complete No
FCBH NT (www.bible.is) Online
YouVersion NT (www.bible.com) Online
Possible Print Bibles
World Bibles
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
Virtual Storehouse
Resource Type Resource Name Source
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching Global Recordings Network
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio Jesus Film Project
Film / Video God's Story video God's Story
Film / Video Indigitube.tv Video / Animation Create International
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Wolof Jesus Film Project
Film / Video Magdalena video Jesus Film Project
Film / Video Rock International: King of Glory Rock International
Film / Video World Christian Videos World Christian Videos
General Bible for Children Bible for Children
General Faith Comes By Hearing - Bible in text or audio or video Faith Comes by Hearing
General Faith Comes By Hearing - Bible in text or audio or video Faith Comes by Hearing
General Scripture Earth Gospel resources links Scripture Earth
General Walk with the Prophets and meet the Messiah Al Massira
General YouVersion Bible versions in text and/or audio YouVersion Bibles
Mobile App Android Bible app direct APK download SIL
Mobile App Android Bible app: Wolof YouVersion Bibles
Mobile App iOS Bible app: Wolof YouVersion Bibles
Text / Printed Matter Download scripture in this language eBible.org
Text / Printed Matter Literacy primer for Wolof Literacy & Evangelism International
Photo Source Anonymous 
Map Source Bethany World Prayer Center  
Profile Source Global Prayer Digest 
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