Soninke, Serahuli in Guinea-Bissau





Largest Religion

Main Language


Soninke People Video

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Introduction / History

The Soninke are a people spread across at least seven countries in West Africa. They are primarily agriculturalists growing millet, rice, corn, peanuts and vegetables. They live in mud brick houses with flat roofs grouped together in enclosed compounds.

Historically, the Soninke are traders and travelers. With the increasing difficulty of farming resulting from the desertification of the land and since French colonialization, the Soninke have turned increasingly to travel and work outside of the area. Consequently, they have maintained an above average standard of living and are known to be relatively rich. In spite of being so well traveled, the Soninke have held fast to their traditional ways.

Economically, the Soninke are having to find new sources of income with the increasing difficulties in farming. Health care is a great need. Spiritually, the Soninke are known to be virtually all Muslim, although traditional beliefs are usually held alongside those of Islam. There are only 2 or 3 believers reported in Mali.

Profile Source:   Anonymous  

Expanded PDF Profile

People Name General Soninke
People Name in Country Soninke, Serahuli
Population in Guinea-Bissau 5,400
World Population 2,391,000
Countries 8
Progress Scale 1.2
Least-Reached Yes
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Azer, Sarakole, Sarawulé, Serahuli, Serer, Toubakai
Affinity Bloc Sub-Saharan Peoples
People Cluster Soninke
People Name General Soninke
Ethnic Code NAB63j
People ID 14996
Country Guinea-Bissau
Region West and Central Africa
Continent Africa
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Northeast, north of Gaoual.   Source:  Ethnologue 2010

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Enthologue Language Map

Languages & Dialects on file:  2  (up to 20 largest shown)
Soninke Serer-Sine
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Soninke Serer-Sine
For Primary Language: Soninke

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (2001-2012)
New Testament No
Complete Bible No
Resource Format
Audio Bible teaching (GRN) Audio Recordings
Jesus Film: view in Soninke Film / Video
Oral Bible stories in Soninke Audio Recordings
Primary Religion: Islam

Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.30 %)
0.50 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
0.00 %
99.50 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %

Christian Segments Percent
0.0 %
10.0 %
0.0 %
Other Christian
5.0 %
15.0 %
Roman Catholic
70.0 %
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Video Source: LinkUp Africa
Profile Source: Anonymous  
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