With the letter C, I will share the Coniagui people for my A to Z African Tribe Hubs. It is an immense pleasure to make my 100th hub with an African tribe.
Coniagui is the name used for the English language. In Africa they are called the Konyagi. It became challenging to find information about them...but with the bit I found the more interesting it became. I was falling in love with these people as I kept gaining information for a hub as if I was putting a puzzle together.
The information I gathered from here and there was mainly from Christian Missionary Groups. It is kind of strange that so little is found from the Coniagui / Konyagi, when there is so much to say about them.
Do you know about the Coniagui / Konyagi people?
Who are the members of the Coniagui / Konyagi
It was found in the rocks of Fouta Djallon; 2,000 years ago they established farming and fishing settlements in the Northwest of Guinea with the Bega and other small tribes. They were slowly pushed aside by the Sosu and the Malinké (African tribes).
Fouta Djallon consists of rolling grasslands and thick sandstone formations which overlie granitic basement rock. You can appreciate the place from the video at the right side.
Where are the Coniagui / Konyagi located?
The number of people from this tribe is about 30,000. Almost half of them live dispersed around:
- Northern Guinea,
- and Senegal.
They are closely related to the Bassari people of Senegal. The alternative names in Senegal are: Conhague, Coniagui, Koniagui, Konyagi, Wamei. Also in Guinea: Koñagi, Cogniagui, Conhague, Coniagui, Koniagi, Konyagi, Tenda, and Wamay.
Coniagui / Konyagi location
How do the Coniagui / Konyagi live?
They live in villages from 100 to 500 people each. Their homeland is isolated and one of the least economically developed in the area.
Their marriages take place when the father consents, not by the woman's consent. Women must remain faithful to their husbands. Men can practice a mild form of polygamy. Since a large number of Coniagui are becoming followers of Christ this habit is coming to an end.
How do the Coniagui / Konyagi communicate?
Their language is called 'wamey'. It's a tonal language and it is considered one of the most difficult languages in Senegal.
The video to the right will let you listen to this amazing form of communication.
- Coniagui audio Bible Stories and Lessons. Evangelism tools, church planting resources, Christian son
Free Coniagui audio Bible stories and lessons. Download free evangelism tools, mp3s, audio bible study tools and language/dialect information.
How do the Coniagui / Konyagi survive?
These people are farmers for the most part. They also work making wine, beer and they weave bamboo mats.
As agriculturists they grow a variety of crops like rice, millet, earth peas and grains which they call fonio. Fonio is considered one of the oldest indigenous cereals from West Africa.
They travel seasonally in search of wage work in different towns and cities.
What characteristics define the Coniagui / Konyagi diversity?
- The large majority call themselves Catholic, even when they have animistic beliefs.
- They still have their traditional ways such as: sacrifices and sacred rituals.
The Coniagui / Konyagi are not being left alone, they are being reached and saved by Jesus Christ gospel. They still need lots of help in all means.
I hope you get interested enough to try to learn more about the Coniagui / Konyagi people. I have linked some information about them at the end of this hub.
Blessings to all of us!
© Maria Magdalena Ruiz O'Farrill
- Konyagi People Group | Mission News | New Tribes Mission - New Tribes Mission USA
Current news and prayer requests related to literacy, evangelism, discipleship, bible translation and church planting among the Konyagi people of Africa.
- Women of Tropical Africa - Google Books
- Chantal Pilon
- Joshua Project - Wamey Bibles, facts, materials and people groups that speak Wamey.
Wamey Bibles, facts, materials and people groups that speak Wamey.
- Ethnologue report for language code: cou
Ethnologue and bibliography information on Wamey.
- The View From Here | Just passing through
Shawn & Jenn DeAtley, missionaries with New Tribes Mission in Senegal, West Africa.