Bwamu, Laa Laa in Burkina Faso

Joshua Project has identified the Bwamu, Laa Laa only in Burkina Faso





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Main Language


Introduction / History

The Bwamu Laa Laa dialect group is an example of a people ethnically the same as a larger community-the Bwaba- but different enough in speech that they need a separate translation. Speakers of Laa Laa dialect number 60,000. They are found in the country's southwest region, in an area marked by chains of hills.

Most of the Laa Laa speakers are subsistence farmers, growing millet, sorghum, and peanuts as their staple crops. In recent decades, farmers have grown cotton as a cash crop, and have sheep, goats, and chicken as livestock.

The Bwaba in general are known as a proud and independent people, and the speakers of Laa Laa are no exception. Each village governs itself for there is little central authority. Families have strong internal ties, often depending on one another for food, child care, and money. The Bwaba are hospitable to outsiders, yet they avoid close contacts with neighboring groups, clinging tightly to cultural traditions.

The Bwaba are generally highly motivated to attend school and learn French. However, the lack of money prevents many children, especially girls from completing primary school. A further hindrance for girls attending school is the fear that education will erode adherence to traditional culture.

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People Name General Bwamu, Laa Laa
People Name in Country Bwamu, Laa Laa
Population in Burkina Faso 106,000
World Population 106,000
Countries 1
Progress Scale 3.2
Least-Reached No
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Bwaba, Bwamu Laa Laa, Laa Laa, Laa Laa Bwamu
Affinity Bloc Sub-Saharan Peoples
People Cluster Gur
People Name General Bwamu, Laa Laa
Ethnic Code NAB56a
People ID 11059
Country Burkina Faso
Region West and Central Africa
Continent Africa
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Tuy and Les Balés provinces, Bagassi, Pâ, and Boni villages area.   Source:  Ethnologue 2010
Languages & Dialects on file:  1  (up to 20 largest shown)
Bwamu, Laa Laa (106,000)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Bwamu, Laa Laa 106,000
For Primary Language: Bwamu, Laa Laa

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1977-1995)
New Testament No
Complete Bible No
Resource Format
None reported  
Primary Religion: Ethnic Religions

Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 14.00 %)
28.30 %
Ethnic Religions
62.00 %
0.00 %
9.70 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %

Christian Segments Percent
0.0 %
5.0 %
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
40.0 %
Roman Catholic
55.0 %
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Profile Source: Anonymous  
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