Wamei in Guinea


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Main Language
Largest Religion
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Evangelical
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Introduction / History

The Wamei or the Konyagi people originated in Guinea. They migrated to Senegal and The Gambia to work in the bamboo belt, settling mainly along the major roads from Tamba to Dakar, and from Velingara to Kolda. Most live in Senegal but some are located in Guinea.


What Are Their Lives Like?

They are very proud of their way of life. The Wamei people are hard workers. They earn better than the average wages. From May to December, they raise millet, fonio, peanuts, rice, and mangos and herd cattle. The Wamei make and sell bamboo mats for use as house walls, roofs and beds. They also make and sell millet and palm wine, and a pure alcohol beverage called "soum soum." The Catholic Church provides them with jobs, education, and training in skills such as sewing. Ninety percent of their time is devoted to work, and ten percent is play. Friday is their festival day.

The Wamei social structure is hierarchical. Those belonging to an older age group are responsible for teaching and disciplining the group that is below them. Belonging and conforming to the group is very important, and they hold initiation rites which are very important to them. These rites are so central to their identity that the government once banned them. They still perform these initiation rites, which are exclusively for men. They include secret ceremonies that women should not know about, and outsider should never hear about. They hold kinship very tightly and even if living apart.

They value education because it leads to good jobs. The Wamei people are more apt to finish high school than neighboring ethnic groups. Those involved in the Catholic Church have a greater appreciation for the need of literacy. They desire to learn French, the trade language in Guinea.


What Are Their Beliefs?

Though there is a Roman Catholic minority, most of the Wamei people in Guinea are entrapped in traditional religion. They worship and serve spirits that are in rebellion against the King of kings. Only Christ can set them free and provide them with abundant life.


What Are Their Needs?

The Wamei people have tremendous potential. With guidance from the Holy Spirit, they can help take Guinea to a higher level. First, they must accept Christ, who offers the Holy Spirit as a "helper" and "guide."


Prayer Points

Pray for spiritual hunger that will lead the Wamei people to embrace Jesus Christ and his ways.
Pray for the Lord to thrust out workers who will stay with them until they have a movement to Christ.
Pray for these capable people to learn to lean on Christ alone.


Scripture Prayers for the Wamei, Konyagi in Guinea.


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  
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People Name General Wamei, Konyagi
People Name in Country Wamei, Konyagi
Natural Name Wamei
Population this Country 8,100
Population all Countries 37,000
Total Countries 2
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group No
GSEC 1  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Alternate Names Boin; Coniagui; Konyagi; Konyagui; Tenda; Tenda Boeni; Wamei; Wamey
People ID 15846
ROP3 Code 110655
Country Guinea
Region Africa, West and Central
Continent Africa
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Boké region: Koundara prefecture, Youkounkoun-Koundara area, to Senegal border; small border area in Gaoual prefecture, south bank, Tamine river.   Source:  Ethnologue 2016
Country Guinea
Region Africa, West and Central
Continent Africa
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Boké region: Koundara prefecture, Youkounkoun-Koundara area, to Senegal border; small border area in Gaoual prefecture, south bank, Tamine river..   Source:  Ethnologue 2016
Primary Language Wamey (8,100 speakers)
Language Code cou   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Wamey (8,100 speakers)
Language Code cou   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Wamey

Primary Language:  Wamey

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes
Bible-New Testament Yes  (2018)
Bible-Complete No
Bible-NT Audio Online
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon
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 Online New Testament Faith Comes by Hearing
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Wamey Jesus Film Project
Film / Video LUMO film of Gospels Bible Media Group/LUMO
Film / Video My Last Day video, anime Jesus Film Project
General Gospel resources links Scripture Earth
Text / Printed Matter Bible: Wamey YouVersion Bibles
Primary Religion: Ethnic Religions
Major Religion Percent
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.09 %)
3.00 %
Ethnic Religions
57.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
40.00 %
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
21.0 %
Protestant
4.0 %
Roman Catholic
70.0 %
Photo Source Edward Mendell 
Map Source Anonymous  
Profile Source Joshua Project  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more