Bambara in Canada


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Introduction / History

The Bambara are among the most powerful, influential, and populous people groups in Mali. They speak Bamana, which is one of the Manding languages. Bamana is widely spoken in Mali, especially in the realm of business and commerce. It is related to the Bantu language, which includes Swahili and Zulu. They often speak French as well, which is very helpful for those who have moved to Canada.

During the 1700s, there were two Bambara kingdoms: Segu and Karta. In the 1800s, militant Muslim groups overthrew these kingdoms, leaving only a few anti-Muslim Bambara warlords to resist their occupation. This lasted 40 years, until the arrival of the French colonialists. A very small number of the Bambara had converted to Islam by 1912. After World War II, the number of Muslim converts grew due to their resistance to the French and their exposure to Muslim merchants. Today, the Bambara are mostly Muslim, and those who have migrated to North America are no exception.

Though the majority of the Bambaras live in West Africa, those with advanced education and needed skills are able to migrate to Canada and the United States.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Those who come to Canada use part of their earnings to build up their villages in West Africa.

On a social level, all African Muslim peoples in North America tend to come together for social and religious events. They worship at the same mosques and often attend the same festivals.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The Bambara people are Sunni Muslim, but they mix a liberal amount of pre-Islamic beliefs with Islam. There is also the pressure to become more secularized in Canada, especially for the younger generation.


What Are Their Needs?

Several mission agencies are currently focusing on the Bambara in Africa, and some progress has been made. Bambara people in Canada are living among other Africans. They need more workers to be thrust out to reach them for Christ in this secularized environment. Prayer is the key to tearing down the remaining strongholds that are keeping them from knowing the only savior.


Prayer Points

Pray that God will raise prayer teams who will begin breaking up the spiritual soil of Bambara families through intercession.

Pray for the effectiveness of the JESUS Film among the Bambara people both in Africa and Canada.

Pray that the Holy Spirit will complete the work begun in the hearts of the Bambara believers through adequate discipleship.

Pray that God will give the Bambara believers boldness to share the love of Jesus with their own people.

Ask the Lord to raise up strong local churches among the West African Muslims in Canada.


Scripture Prayers for the Bambara in Canada.


References

https://joshuaproject.net/people_groups/10617/ML

https://joshuaproject.net/people_groups/10617/FR

http://www.nytimes.com/2005/09/11/world/africa/for-mali-villagers-france-is-a-workplace-and-lifeline.html?_r=0

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Malians_in_France

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/worldviews/wp/2015/11/20/what-mali-means-to-france/

http://www.ibtimes.com/mali-when-france-ruled-west-africa-1015854


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Bambara
People Name in Country Bambara
Pronunciation BOM-buh-ruh
Alternate Names Bamanakan; Kpeera; Noumou
Population this Country 3,600
Population all Countries 7,428,000
Total Countries 12
Indigenous No
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group No
GSEC 1  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
People ID 10617
ROP3 Code 100925
ROP25 Code 300783
ROP25 Name Bambara
Country Canada
Region America, North and Caribbean
Continent North America
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Country Canada
Region America, North and Caribbean
Continent North America
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Map of Bambara in Canada
Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religion Percent
Buddhism
Unknown
Christianity  (Evangelical 1.60 %)
4.00 %
Ethnic Religions
Unknown
Hinduism
Unknown
Islam
96.00 %
Non-Religious
Unknown
Other / Small
Unknown
Unknown
Unknown
Primary Language Bamanankan (3,600 speakers)
Language Code bam   Ethnologue Listing
Primary Dialect Bambara
Dialect Code 10   Global Recordings Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Bamanankan (3,600 speakers)
Language Code bam   Ethnologue Listing
Primary Dialect Bambara
Dialect Code 10   Global Recordings Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Bamanankan
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