Nuna, Southern in Burkina Faso

Joshua Project has identified the Nuna, Southern only in Burkina Faso





Largest Religion

Main Language


Introduction / History

The Southern Nuna, one of two major Nuna dialect in Burkina Faso, number approximately 250,000. The traditional center of the region is the town of Leo, located approximately 10km from the Ghanaian border. By trade the Southern Nuna are subsistence farmers. They enjoy an annual rainfall that allows for a variety of crops, such as millet, maize, sorghum, peanuts and yams. They earn cash, cotton is grown. The Nuna also take advantage of the closeness to Ghana and Cote d'Ivoire in the search for paying jobs.

Their belief in traditional religion is quite strong. In this world view, man attempts to appease the spirits and divinities through sacrifices. Nevertheless, both Islam and Roman Catholicism have gained many followers, as both tend to turn a blind eye to traditional practices becoming intermingled with their own. As for the Protestant churches, several are scattered throughout the Nuni region, although the number of adherents remains small.

A blessing for the Southern Nuna is the development of their language, Southern Nuni. Primers and reading materials have been produced, and literacy centers have had some success. Nevertheless, the lack of motivation to learn to read and write is somewhat discouraging. Pray that the Southern Nuna accept this innovation. The New Testament in Southern Nuni is now printed, and the translation of the Old Testament is about to begin. A second blessing for the southern region are programs to teach better hygiene and farming practices, run by an organization called CREDO.

Profile Source:   Anonymous  

People Name General Nuna, Southern
People Name in Country Nuna, Southern
Population in Burkina Faso 256,000
World Population 256,000
Countries 1
Progress Scale 3.2
Least-Reached No
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Nounouma, Nuni, Southern, Nunuma, Nunuma, Southern
Affinity Bloc Sub-Saharan Peoples
People Cluster Gur
People Name General Nuna, Southern
Ethnic Code NAB56a
People ID 14064
Country Burkina Faso
Region West and Central Africa
Continent Africa
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Sissili Province, Léo area; east Mouhoun Province; south Boulkiemdé and Sanguié provinces; west Nahouri and Kossi provinces. Over 100 villages.   Source:  Ethnologue 2010

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Languages & Dialects on file:  1  (up to 20 largest shown)
Nuni, Southern
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Nuni, Southern
For Primary Language: Nuni, Southern

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1987-2001)
New Testament Yes   (1999)
Complete Bible No
Audio Bible Online
Resource Format
Audio Bible teaching (GRN) Audio Recordings
Online New Testament (FCBH) Audio Recordings
Primary Religion: Ethnic Religions

Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 8.00 %)
18.00 %
Ethnic Religions
57.00 %
0.00 %
25.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %

Christian Segments Percent
0.0 %
2.0 %
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
35.0 %
Roman Catholic
63.0 %
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