Wamei, Konyagi in Senegal

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Largest Religion
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Introduction / History

The Wamei or the Konyagi are natives of Guinea who migrated into 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.

What Are Their Lives Like?

They are hard workers and earn better than the average. From May to December they raise millet, fonio, peanuts, rice, mango and keep cattle. They 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". Their greatest external resource is the Catholic Church which provides them with jobs, education, training in certain skills such as sewing. 90% of their time is devoted to work and 10% is play. Friday is usually their festival day.
The Wamei social structure is hierarchical where 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. They are very proud of their way of life and they hold initiation rites as very important to them, so much so that they were banned by the government for a while. They still perform them now and they are very exclusively for the men only. Some are secret ceremonies that the women should not know about, and the outsider should never hear about. They hold kinship very tightly and even if living apart, a kin has more importance than an outsider.
Education is considered a good thing as it leads to good jobs. The Wamei are more apt to finish high school then the other neighboring ethnic groups. They are very open and are quick to learn, those who are involved in the Catholic Church have a greater appreciation for the need of literacy. They desire to learn French so that they can communicate with their relatives that are far away.

What Are Their Beliefs?

This small group has their own traditional religion.

What Are Their Needs?

They have many gospel resources but lack a complete Bible. The Old Testament patriarchs can provide wonderful messages of grace for these agricultural people.

Prayer Points

Pray for the Holy Spirit to give the Wamei people teachable and understanding hearts. Pray that a strong movement of the Holy Spirit will bring entire Wamei families into a rich experience of God's blessing. Pray for Wamei families to be drawn by the Holy Spirit to seek forgiveness, and to understand the adequacy of Christ's work on the cross. Pray for teams of believers to do sustained, focused prayer for the Lord to open the hearts of Wamei family leaders to experience God's blessing through a movement of family-based discovery Bible studies.

Scripture Prayers for the Wamei, Konyagi in Senegal.

Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Wamei, Konyagi
People Name in Country Wamei, Konyagi
Alternate Names Boin; Coniagui; Konyagi; Konyagui; Tenda; Tenda Boeni; Wamei; Wamey
Population this Country 29,000
Population all Countries 37,000
Total Countries 2
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 2
Unreached No
Frontier People Group No
GSEC 1  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed
People ID 15846
ROP3 Code 110655
ROP25 Code 304197
ROP25 Name Konyagi
Country Senegal
Region Africa, West and Central
Continent Africa
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Kedougou region; a few in Tambacounda region; scattered along Guinea border.   Source:  Ethnologue 2016
Country Senegal
Region Africa, West and Central
Continent Africa
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Kedougou region; a few in Tambacounda region; scattered along Guinea border..   Source:  Ethnologue 2016
Primary Religion: Ethnic Religions
Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 1.20 %)
7.00 %
Ethnic Religions
75.00 %
0.00 %
18.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %
Primary Language Wamey (29,000 speakers)
Language Code cou   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Wamey (29,000 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
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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
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 Faith Comes By Hearing - Bible in text or audio or video Faith Comes by Hearing
General Gospel resources links Scripture Earth
General YouVersion Bible versions in text and/or audio YouVersion Bibles
Mobile App Android Bible app: Wamey YouVersion Bibles
Mobile App iOS Bible app: Wamey YouVersion Bibles
Photo Source Edward Mendell 
Map Source Anonymous  
Profile Source Joshua Project 
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