People Group Highlights

“All nations will come and worship before you."

- Revelations 15:4

Beninese of Canada

People Group Info

Total Population: 2,665

ROP3 Code: 101259
IMB Affinity Group: Sub-Saharan African Peoples
Affinity Bloc: Sub-Saharan African
People Cluster: Guinean
Language: French - (fra)
Religion: Ethnic Religions
Country of Origin: Benin

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Majority Located Where

  Toronto (Mississauga, Brampton), ON - 2,665

  Montreal (Laval), QC - 1,535

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Brief Profile

The Beninese people originate from the Republic of Benin, a country in West Africa which is bordered by Togo to the west, Nigeria to the east, and Burkina Faso and Niger to the north. The majority originated from the small southern coastline of the Bight of Benin, part of the Gulf of Guinea in the northernmost tropical portion of the Atlantic Ocean.

They speak French. Their music often includes native folk music combined with Ghanaian highlife, French cabaret, American rock, funk and soul, and Congolese rumba. Their diet, especially those from south Benin, includes the most common ingredient corn, often used to prepare dough which is mainly served with peanut- or tomato-based sauces. Fish and chicken are the most common meats used in southern Beninese cuisine, along with beef and goat.

The majority of Beninese adhere to Roman Catholicism, followed closely by Islam. A small percentage are evangelical Christians.

Prayer Points

  • Pray for Beninese immigrants to encounter not just economic abundance, but abundant life in Christ.
  • Pray for Beninese believers to stay strong in their faith and be a vital witness to their community.
  • Pray for the evangelical churches to multiply and thrive, and to catch a witness for reaching out to people groups around them and around the world.

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Bible - French
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Prayer Guide using the GOSPELS acronym
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Country City Metro Area Name State / Prov. Baseline Population
CanadaTorontoToronto (Mississauga, Brampton)ON2,665
CanadaMontréalMontreal (Laval)QC1,535

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