Seemogo in Burkina Faso





Largest Religion

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Introduction / History

The Sambla or Sembla people are subsistence farmers in their traditional, rural homeland. They earn cash principally through market gardening, but also by growing cotton, or selling wood or animals, particularly pork. Peanuts are grown by women who may sell part of their harvest. Their largest village is Karankasso, with a population of 3,247. Other Sambla live in the city of Bobo-Dioulasso, 45 km away. Many young women work in Bobo-Dioulasso and come back to the village at the beginning of the rainy season to help in the fields. Sambla country is hilly, the highest elevation is 618 meters.

Health care is poor. There is a health center in Karankasso and in Banzon, but people are not comfortable with modern medicine. In mid-1993, almost 25 children died of measles in Karankasso alone. There is no electricity or telephone, and no secondary school. Many people have radios, and use bicycles for transportation, or bush-taxis if they can afford to.

The Sambla are known for their Balafon music. They play the balafon with three players, which is very uncommon. Balafon is a form of language which anyone who grew up in the rural area understands. There is a Sambla troupe which performs traditional music and dance, who won a prize at "Bobo-92".

In the mid 1950s, Catholic missionaries came, and today, a large number of Sambla are Catholic. Another important event was the influence of the "prophet" Moussa (French for "Moses") from Ivory Coast. He preached against traditional religions which he considered evil. Many turned to Islam or Catholicism at that time, though now many are returning to their traditions.

Profile Source:   Anonymous  

People Name General Seemogo
People Name in Country Seemogo
Population in Burkina Faso 24,000
World Population 29,000
Countries 2
Progress Scale 3.2
Least-Reached No
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Sambla, Samo, Southern, Sembla, Southern Samo
Affinity Bloc Sub-Saharan Peoples
People Cluster Mande
People Name General Seemogo
Ethnic Code NAB63z
People ID 14813
Country Burkina Faso
Region West and Central Africa
Continent Africa
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Houet Province, Bobo-Dioulasso Department, west of Bobo-Dioulasso, Karankasso, Bouendé, Torosso, Banzo, Tiara, Bama villages.   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: Seeku

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions No
New Testament No
Complete Bible No
Resource Format
Audio Bible teaching (GRN) Audio Recordings
Primary Religion: Ethnic Religions

Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 12.00 %)
25.00 %
Ethnic Religions
55.00 %
0.00 %
20.00 %
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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