• PEOPLE NAME: BOZO OF COTE D’IVOIRE

Affinity Group: Sub-Saharan African Peoples

Affinity Bloc: Sub-Saharan African

People Cluster: Soninke

Language: Jenaama Bozo - (bze)

Alternate Name(s):

Primary Religion: Islam - Folk Islam

Country: Cote d’Ivoire

Also found in: Burkina Faso; Mali

Population: 19,500

Global Population: 240,700


PEID: 13060

ROP: 109426

Progress of the Gospel: Unengaged and Unreached

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


Overview: The Bozo of Cote d’Ivoire, numbering 19,500, are Unengaged and Unreached. They are part of the Soninke people cluster within the Sub-Saharan African affinity bloc. Globally, this group totals 240,700 in 3 countries. Their primary language is Jenaama Bozo. The primary religion practiced by the Bozo 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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