Baule in Côte d'Ivoire

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People Name: Baule
Country: Côte d'Ivoire
10/40 Window: No
Population: 4,346,000
World Population: 4,377,200
Primary Language: Baoule
Primary Religion: Christianity
Christian Adherents: 55.00 %
Evangelicals: 27.00 %
Scripture: Complete Bible
Online Audio NT: No
Jesus Film: Yes
Audio Recordings: Yes
People Cluster: Guinean
Affinity Bloc: Sub-Saharan Peoples
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Introduction / History

The Bauoles can be found also in Northern Togo and northeast Ghana. Their name was changed from Bauole to Chokossi by the Gonja people when they arrived from Cote D 'Ivoire. Chokossi means go around something in Twi. It is believed that when the small group of Bauole people arrived from cote d 'Ivoire they settled with the Gonja people who were then fighting a war with the other Guan speaking people, since the newly arrived Bauoles were warriors, they went around every single village to attack their enemies and subsequently ended up defeating the enemies of the Gonja. After they help the Gonja to regain their lands, the congratulated them and gave them the name Chokossi, meaning the Bauoles go around villages before they attack. From that point the Gonja began calling them Chokossi. In the Chokossi language "Bauole" means "Ba ni awu" or, "the child has died" in English. An example of a phrase from the Chokossi language is "Nyamien Kpile Dafiman." It means "the greatest God doesn't sleep."

Text Source:   Godwin Nguessan Lelar