Francophone Africa

Francophone Africa has massive economic potential with a wealth of natural resources. However the region is hampered by conflict, corruption and poverty and is suffering from the HIV/AIDS pandemic. Although Christians are increasing in number there is the need for the church to grow in spiritual maturity and have a transforming influence on the region.


Student ministry in Francophone Africa 

  • 19 affiliated movements
  • 3 countries where IFES has no presence (Djibouti, Seychelles and Comoros)
  • 2 regional staff and 1 administrative assistant
  • largest movement in Cameroon (around 800 members)
  • smallest movement in Mauritania (20 members)


The strengths seen in movements across Francophone Africa are a passion for evangelism and mission, and a commitment to bible study. A new generation of leaders are emerging across the movements and this transition needs to be wisely handled. Movements are being encouraged to create solid governance structures which will help these changeovers.

National movements face various challenges, principally to find indigenous financial support, and to provide solid theological grounding for members in the face of a storm of doctrinal confusion.


View from the inside

Augustin Ahoga is the Regional Secretary for Francophone Africa. He says, ‘Students are the backbone of society, the creators of tomorrow, the pillars of each family. When they become Christian many will follow and this will lead to a nation illuminated by Christian values.’

Augustin’s vision and ministry are inspired by many verses including 2 Corinthians 5:17: ‘Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!’


Please pray :

  • for students to find a balance between studies and faith;
  • for students to be well-discipled and anchored to the true gospel;
  • for students and national movements to find innovative and effective ways to raise funds;
  • for more partnerships between national movements and local churches
  • for more staff in francophone Africa.

Nov 17

Bringing Jesus to their friends: high school students in Gabon make a difference

Posted by Penny Vinden

I wrote recently about the post-election crisis in Gabon. Since then I’ve been in touch with two high school student leaders who told me about their experience as members of GBG Gabon. Their exuberance, their perseverance and their boldness in the face of trials are a joy to share with you.

Sep 22

Students trapped in post-election violence – an eyewitness report from Gabon

I did not pray for peace. I prayed and still pray for truth, justice and fairness without which peace will be false and deceptive. And I did not pray for the peace which means an absence of disturbances, but for the peace which conveys tranquillity. Not for the peace of cowardice and resignation, but that which Christ offers and surpasses all understanding.

Jun 09

Top tips for starting a WhatsApp Bible Study

Posted by Roland Cubahiro


May 07

For the glory of God: a heart for mission

Albert, Patrice, Dieudonné and Venance on the river boat traveling to University of Kindu, an inaugural meeting of the GBU in Kindu, and our four ‘missionaries’ hold the banner of their campus group (Kisangani) with the students of the brand new campus group in Kindu.

Jan 15

Celebrating Life in Rwanda!

The first stage in the Celebrating Life Campaign was an evangelism training conference in Kigali, July 2014.  [Credit: Karin Schermbrucker/Slingshot Media/Cape Town]

More than 800,000 people murdered in 100 days, among them all the student leaders of GBUR Rwanda. This was April 1994: the country was in ruins, the IFES movement devastated and the sounds of death filled the land. Yet, 20 years later, it is the word of Jesus Christ that echoes across Rwanda!

Oct 02

Madagascar: investing in housing is investing in students

Posted by Penny Vinden

Years of political turmoil and corruption have left Madagascar struggling economically. Underemployment is high, especially among young people, and with 70% of Madagascans living below the national poverty line, many are forced to steal just to survive.

Aug 05

Connecting with God’s Word: group Bible study on a smartphone?

Posted by Roland Cubahiro

It is said that 72% of people using the internet are active on social networks. With the recent boom in use of mobile phones with applications (smartphones), people no longer need to be at home or in an internet café to use social media. Wherever they are, they can work, contact friends or use the internet.

IFES Francophone Africa

Augustin Ahoga

Regional Secretary

Regional Office 03 BP 345 Cotonou

+229 21 04 59 06

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