• PEOPLE NAME: SONGHAI OF BENIN

Affinity Group: Sub-Saharan African Peoples

Affinity Bloc: Sub-Saharan African

People Cluster: Songhai

Language: Koyraboro Senni Songhai - (ses)

Alternate Name(s):

Primary Religion: Islam - Folk Islam

Country: Benin

Also found in: Ghana; Mali; Niger

Population: 9,300

Global Population: 2,406,300


PEID: 12351

ROP: 109404

Progress of the Gospel: Unengaged and Unreached

Global Status of Evangelical Christianity: Less than 2% Evangelical, No Active CP Activity


Overview: The Songhai of Benin, numbering 9,300, are Unengaged and Unreached. They are part of the Songhai people cluster within the Sub-Saharan African affinity bloc. Globally, this group totals 2,406,300 in 4 countries. Their primary language is Koyraboro Senni Songhai. The primary religion practiced by the Songhai is Folk Islam, a syncretistic belief system that blends traditional elements of Islam with superstitious practices such as warding off spirits with incantations and magic amulets, and reciting verses of the Qur'an to bring about miraculous healings.


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