Bissa in Burkina Faso





Largest Religion

Main Language


Introduction / History

The Bissa are a large ethnic group, numbering around 600,000 speakers, centered in Burkina Faso. Their homeland is Burkina Faso's southeast region, with some settlements in northern Togo and Ghana. While details of their history are unclear, they may have entered their present location as early as the 14th century. The Bissa live by subsistence farming, raising millet, maize, rice and peanuts. They sell cotton and some vegetables for cash. Since 1980, primary education has advanced, roughly two thirds of the schools in the region have been built since then. Still, however, less than one third of the boys, and one fourth of the girls, are enrolled in school.

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People Name General Bissa
People Name in Country Bissa
Population in Burkina Faso 550,000
World Population 900,000
Countries 4
Progress Scale 3.2
Least-Reached No
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Bisa, Biza, Bokhobaru, Bokobaru, Busa, Busanga, Wiza, Zogbe
Affinity Bloc Sub-Saharan Peoples
People Cluster Mande
People Name General Bissa
Ethnic Code NAB63z
People ID 11042
Country Burkina Faso
Region West and Central Africa
Continent Africa
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country South central, Boulgou and Zoundweogo provinces, Garango, Zabré, Gomboussougou, Tenkodogo cities.   Source:  Ethnologue 2010
Languages & Dialects on file:  1  (up to 20 largest shown)
Bisa (550,000)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Bisa 550,000
For Primary Language: Bisa

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1996)
New Testament Yes   (2001)
Complete Bible No
Audio Bible Online
Resource Format
Audio Bible teaching (GRN) Audio Recordings
Jesus Film: view in Bissa Film / Video
Online New Testament (FCBH) Audio Recordings
Primary Religion: Ethnic Religions

Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 11.00 %)
25.00 %
Ethnic Religions
45.00 %
0.00 %
30.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %

Christian Segments Percent
0.0 %
2.0 %
0.0 %
Other Christian
1.0 %
40.0 %
Roman Catholic
57.0 %
Photo Source: International Mission Board-SBC   Copyrighted ©   Used with permission
Map Source: Burkina Faso Government  
Profile Source: Anonymous  
Data Sources: Data is compiled from various sources. Read more

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