Samo, Southern, Sanan-Toma in Burkina Faso

Joshua Project has identified the Samo Southern, Sanan-Toma only in Burkina Faso





Largest Religion

Main Language


Introduction / History

The Samo live in northwestern Burkina Faso, in a dry, arid area that receives minimal rainfall. Four different dialects with limited intelligibility makes ministry and translation in the mother tongue difficult. Approximately 75% of the Samo are bilingual in Jula, the trade language of western Burkina Faso. Many missionaries and churches communicate in Jula in order to unify speakers of different Samo dialects. The Samo place a high priority on education. Adults are eager to learn to read, although a shortage of time and funds prevents many from attending literacy classes. The adult literacy rate remains an extremely low 4%. Each village has its own school, and at least 60% of young people currently receive a primary education. Teachers and materials are scarce, and there are often over 100 students in a single class.

Young people have difficulty advancing in the workforce, and frequently resort to subsistence farming in order to support their families. The Samo culture is a mixture of traditional and modern influences. Women wear traditional African cloths, while men and children dress in Western style clothing. Village chiefs settle small disputes, but national government officials preside over larger conflicts. Modernization is seen in the increasing use of motorcycles and bush taxis, and some villages even have solar-powered pumps that provide water year-round.

Christians long for workers who are willing to live among them, teach literacy, and teach the scriptures to them in the Samo's mother tongue.

Profile Source:   Anonymous  

People Name General Samo Southern, Sanan-Toma
People Name in Country Samo, Southern, Sanan-Toma
Population in Burkina Faso 137,000
World Population 137,000
Countries 1
Progress Scale 3.2
Least-Reached No
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Sanan, Toma
Affinity Bloc Sub-Saharan Peoples
People Cluster Mande
People Name General Samo Southern, Sanan-Toma
Ethnic Code NAB63z
People ID 14717
Country Burkina Faso
Region West and Central Africa
Continent Africa
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Nayala Province, Nouna and Solenzo areas; Ouaga, Bobo, Dedougou, and Koudougou cities. Toma is in Toma, Yaba, Gossina, Ye, Kougny, and Gassan departments.   Source:  Ethnologue 2010
Languages & Dialects on file:  1  (up to 20 largest shown)
Samo, Southern: Toma (137,000)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Samo, Southern: Toma 137,000
For Primary Language: Samo, Southern

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1964-1991)
New Testament Yes   (1995)
Complete Bible No
Audio Bible Online
Resource Format
Audio Bible teaching (GRN) Audio Recordings
Jesus Film: view in Samo, Southern Film / Video
Online New Testament (FCBH) Audio Recordings
Primary Religion: Ethnic Religions

Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 9.50 %)
20.00 %
Ethnic Religions
50.00 %
0.00 %
30.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %

Christian Segments Percent
0.0 %
2.0 %
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
45.0 %
Roman Catholic
53.0 %
Map Source: Burkina Faso Government  
Profile Source: Anonymous  
Data Sources: Data is compiled from various sources. Read more

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