Sissala in Burkina Faso

Joshua Project has identified the Sissala only in Burkina Faso





Largest Religion

Main Language


Introduction / History

The Sissala number about 25,000. They are a small group of south-central Burkina Faso, located on the Ghanaian border. The main occupation for the Sissala is subsistence farming. They benefit from the region's quite favorable climate, receiving an annual rainfall of between 35-40 inches or 900 to 1,000 mm.

The Sissala's response to literacy in their mother tongue has been good. While in certain of Burkina Faso's ethnic groups it takes years to motivate even a small percentage to learn to read and write their language, the Sissala have been more keen. Even after the departure of the expatriate literacy consultant, the program has carried on. In the area of Bible translation, the Sissala have also shown much initiative. The translation work has largely been carried out by two Sissala pastors. The New Testament was published in 1999.

Profile Source:   Anonymous  

People Name General Sissala
People Name in Country Sissala
Population in Burkina Faso 26,000
World Population 26,000
Countries 1
Progress Scale 3.2
Least-Reached No
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Hissala, Sisala
Affinity Bloc Sub-Saharan Peoples
People Cluster Gur
People Name General Sissala
Ethnic Code NAB56a
People ID 14956
Country Burkina Faso
Region West and Central Africa
Continent Africa
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Sissili Province, between Léo and Hamale. 30 villages.   Source:  Ethnologue 2010

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Enthologue Language Map

Ethnolinguistic map from University of Texas or other map

Languages & Dialects on file:  2  (up to 20 largest shown)
Sisaala, Tumulung Sissala
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Sisaala, Tumulung Sissala
For Primary Language: Sissala

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1995)
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 10.00 %)
16.00 %
Ethnic Religions
54.00 %
0.00 %
30.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %

Christian Segments Percent
0.0 %
5.0 %
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
30.0 %
Roman Catholic
65.0 %
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Profile Source: Anonymous  
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