…because they now have the whole Bible in their own language for the first time ever. Remember this bloke I recently posted.


This is what the t-shirts looked like at the Dedication Ceremony of the Lokpa Bible, on 17th May 2008 in Gahounga, central Benin. The words are taken from Joshua 1:8, the whole of which says:

“Do not let this Book of the Law depart from your mouth; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it.
Then you will be prosperous and successful.”

I couldn’t be there for the ceremony, but my colleague, Marianne, was there and took plenty of great photos and also this video of the ladies singing:

Great music for the occasion, which is almost bound to be the case in this part of the world. Here are some more musical photos. TL: some traditional floor-standing drums, TR: a lady playing metal castanets, BL: a gourd shaker (with shells, buttons or beads on a net around the outside) and BR:the pressure drum – ubiquitous in northern Benin and Togo – (also known as the talking drum or armpit drum), which changes pitch as you squeeze it:


I got hold of a copy of the Lokpa Bible the other day and had a look through.


Nice! Want to see what it looks like inside. Here you go, have a butchers:

(Extract from John 9 & 10. The picture refers to the Good Shepherd)

Thanks for reading!


2 Comments posted on "The Lokpa have a good reason to smile…"

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paul merrill on July 4th, 2008 at 9:38 pm #

Praised God for a completed Bible! Great news.