GokanaBible Translation

Encourage Gokana speakers with a full Scripture. Support translators’ crucial checks and inspire pastors to enhance worship with native Bible texts.

Bible Translation


  • Nigeria


  • West Africa

Language Population


The Full Bible is Nearly complete

A group of Gokana pastors recognized the need for translation over 30 years ago, resulting in the publication of the Gokana New Testament and other Bible materials. But a complete Bible is necessary if people are to truly understand how God worked for our salvation throughout history.

The entire Gokana Old Testament has been drafted but is still in need of team and consultant checking, a vital step leading to publication. Printing and distribution of a trial edition of Genesis will help the translation team assess the accuracy and effectiveness of their work as they review and refine the Old Testament draft.

Empower Local Leaders to Finish

We believe that every community should have the chance to read the Bible in the language they know best, led by people they trust and respect. Your financial gifts and prayers enable us to help leaders in Nigeria translate the full Bible into the Gokana language.

Program Goals

  1. Team check the following: 1 Chronicles, 2 Chronicles, Ezra, Nehemiah, Esther, and Job.
  2. Organize training programs for local pastors and church leaders to encourage them to use the available Gokana Scripture.

Gokana Bible Translation Program Plan

Step 1

Complete Team Checking

Step 2

Complete Consultant Checking

Step 3

Prepare Old Testament for Printing & Distribution

Meet the Local Team

Partner Organizations

Honoring the Language

Nasal vowels are indicated by a tilde and tones are indicated by an acute or grave accent.

Language Status = 5 (Developing)

A neighbor to the Eleme language community

Program Progress

  • The trial edition of Genesis has been revised and is being prepared for print.
  • Progress has been made on Team Checking and Consultant Checking the translated books of the Old Testament.
  • Additional training has been provided for translators on Bible translation principles.

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