Buamu in Burkina Faso

Joshua Project has identified the Buamu only in Burkina Faso





Largest Religion

Main Language


Introduction / History

The Bwaba, a large ethnic group of western Burkina Faso, are made up of many distinct dialects. The largest is spoken in area surrounding the village of Ouarkoye. The Ouarkoye dialect numbers about 150,000 speakers. Like other Bwaba, the speakers of this dialect are known for their independent spirit. Villages are autonomous: within the traditional Bwaba culture, the highest political authority is a village land chief. The Bwaba are also known for their hard work and ethnic pride.

The Bwaba of the region are subsistence farmers. They grow millet, sorghum, and maize. Cotton has become an important cash crop, even though profits are often less than expected and that it depletes the soil.

What Are Their Beliefs?

In the spiritual realm, the Ouarkoye Bwaba, strongly follow the traditional religion. In this worldview, the spirits which surround man must be appeased through sacrifice in order to ensure survival and good fortune. The Bwaba have strongly resisted Islam, which has been in the region, for over a century. Christianity is making some inroads in the Bwaba region.

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People Name General Buamu
People Name in Country Buamu
Population in Burkina Faso 284,000
World Population 284,000
Countries 1
Progress Scale 3.2
Least-Reached No
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Bobo Bwamu, Bobo Wule, Ouarkoye, Red Bobo
Affinity Bloc Sub-Saharan Peoples
People Cluster Gur
People Name General Buamu
Ethnic Code NAB56a
People ID 11060
Country Burkina Faso
Region West and Central Africa
Continent Africa
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Kossi, Mouhoun, Tuy, Banwa, and Les Balés provinces; 80 km east-west and 200 km north-south.   Source:  Ethnologue 2010

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Enthologue Language Map

Ethnolinguistic map from University of Texas or other map

Languages & Dialects on file:  3  (up to 20 largest shown)
Buamu Jula French
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Buamu Jula
For Primary Language: Buamu

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1957-2005)
New Testament Yes   (2012)
Complete Bible No
Audio Bible Online
Resource Format
Audio Bible teaching (GRN) Audio Recordings
Bible: Dónbeenì páaníi fĩnle vũahṹ Text / Printed Matter
Online New Testament (FCBH) Audio Recordings
Primary Religion: Ethnic Religions

Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 14.00 %)
33.00 %
Ethnic Religions
57.00 %
0.00 %
10.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %

Christian Segments Percent
0.0 %
4.0 %
0.0 %
Other Christian
1.0 %
40.0 %
Roman Catholic
55.0 %
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