Bobo Madare in Burkina Faso

Joshua Project has identified the Bobo Madare only in Burkina Faso





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Introduction / History

The Bobo Madare of Burkina Faso are speakers of the Bobo Fing language, and they number over 250,000. This ethnic group is traditionally divided geographically and linguistically into a northern group and a southern group. The southern group is estimated to number about 150,00 and the following information pertains to this segment of the population.

The primary occupation of the Bobo Madare is farming. They farm millet, sorghum, peanuts, and tomatoes, along with raising a limited number of chickens, goats, and other livestock. Both women and men join in the daily agricultural chores. In addition to this, women are also responsible for all domestic work including cooking, washing, child care, and drawing water. Children are expected to help with chores at a very early age. Education remains a privilege for few children, and school enrollment creates a financial strain on any family. The men spend much time talking, sharing stories, and drinking beer. Because of their work load, women have little or no free time.

What Are Their Beliefs?

About thirty churches have been established in the southern area of the Bobo Madare. Over two thousand have professed conversions to Christianity, but the majority of the population remains rooted in traditional animistic beliefs. A translation of the New Testament in Bobo Fing was completed in 1989, and the completion of the Old Testament is expected in 1998. Though parts of the Bible are now available in the mother tongue of this ethnic group, there continue to be great needs for evangelization among the Bobo Madare.

What Are Their Needs?

Life remains challenging for the Bobo Madare peoples. Malaria, measles, meningitis, and malnutrition annually take many lives. Health care is often inaccessible and unaffordable.

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Global Prayer Digest: 2012-02-10
People Name General Bobo Madare
People Name in Country Bobo Madare
Population in Burkina Faso 476,000
World Population 476,000
Countries 1
Progress Scale 1.2
Least-Reached Yes
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Bobo, Boga, Boka, Jula, Zara
Affinity Bloc Sub-Saharan Peoples
People Cluster Malinke-Jula
People Name General Bobo Madare
Ethnic Code NAB63z
People ID 10902
Country Burkina Faso
Region West and Central Africa
Continent Africa
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Mainly Houet Province, west of Bobo Dioulasso to 40 km east, north to Kouka region in Kossi Province.   Source:  Ethnologue 2010
Languages & Dialects on file:  1  (up to 20 largest shown)
Bobo Madare, Southern (476,000)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Bobo Madare, Southern 476,000
For Primary Language: Bobo Madare, Southern

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1965)
New Testament Yes   (1981)
Complete Bible Yes   (2004)
Audio Bible Online
Resource Format
Audio Bible teaching (GRN) Audio Recordings
Online New Testament (FCBH) Audio Recordings
Primary Religion: Islam

Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.01 %)
0.02 %
Ethnic Religions
9.98 %
0.00 %
90.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %

Christian Segments Percent
0.0 %
0.0 %
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
80.0 %
Roman Catholic
20.0 %
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Map Source: Bethany World Prayer Center  
Profile Source: Anonymous  
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