Kasem, Kasena in Ghana





Largest Religion

Main Language


Introduction / History

The Kasena of southern Burkina Faso speak the Kasem language and inhabit an area along the Ghanaian border to the east of the town called Po. The three languages Kasem, Nuni and Lyele belong to the same linguistic family. The Kasena area is somewhat hilly. Like all of Burkina Faso the climate is very hot, but because of its southern location the Kasena area has an abundance of rains during the rainy season.

The traditional Kasena house is well adapted to the climate with few windows in order to keep out the heat. The houses are decorated with black, white and red colors, which people produce themselves. The flat roof can be used for drying goods, and there is strict separation between the animal and family quarters.

The Kasena compound, built for the entire extended family, is round with a wall that links the individual buildings. There are distinct living quarters for the men and women. Every married woman has an individual hut in which she cooks for herself and her children.

The economic activities of the region are strongly influenced by the area's proximity to Ghana. Many Ghanian goods are imported and sold in the villages. Dancing is an important part of Kasena culture. Dances are an integral part of most social events, and the Kasena take great pride in their abilities.

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People Name General Kasem
People Name in Country Kasem, Kasena
Population in Ghana 172,000
World Population 366,000
Countries 2
Progress Scale 3.1
Least-Reached No
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Awuna, Kasena
Affinity Bloc Sub-Saharan Peoples
People Cluster Gur
People Name General Kasem
Ethnic Code NAB56a
People ID 12556
Country Ghana
Region West and Central Africa
Continent Africa
10/40 Window No
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country North central, Navrongo District.   Source:  Ethnologue 2010
Languages & Dialects on file:  1  (up to 20 largest shown)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
For Primary Language: Kasem

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1948-2005)
New Testament Yes   (1988-1997)
Complete Bible No
Audio Bible Online
Resource Format
Audio Bible teaching (GRN) Audio Recordings
Bible: xsm New Testament in Kasem Text / Printed Matter
God's Story Video Film / Video
Jesus Film: view in Kasem Film / Video
Online New Testament (FCBH) Audio Recordings
Primary Religion: Ethnic Religions

Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 4.00 %)
19.00 %
Ethnic Religions
74.00 %
0.00 %
7.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %

Christian Segments Percent
0.0 %
30.0 %
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
30.0 %
Roman Catholic
40.0 %
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