Bwamu, Twi in Burkina Faso

The Bwamu, Twi have only been reported in Burkina Faso
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Main Language
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Introduction / History

The speakers of Twi, one of the Bwamu languages, are found in western Burkina Faso. It is an area with scattered trees and a lot of dust. They call themselves the "Bwaba". The climate in this area is hot and dry with the exception of the annual rainy season from May to September. The most typical occupation of the Bwaba is subsistence farming. Typical products are corn, millet, sorghum, and peanuts. They sell some surplus of their crops. Their food is mainly composed of these starches and nutrient and vitamin deficiencies are common. Malnutrition is a problem. Wells are the source for water, but many of them are contaminated and parasites and infections are very common.

The Bwaba live in mud huts with only the barest minimum of necessities, practically no furniture. Furniture is considered a luxury. Clothing is Spartan: men wear western style and the women wear a traditional skirt and a top.

Bicycles and walking are the most common forms of transportation. Recreation includes trips to the market and visiting relatives. Maintaining good relationships with relatives is a necessity for survival. If one is in need of money, food or child care, the relatives are obligated to meet their needs. The eldest male family member maintains authority within a large extended family structure.


What Are Their Beliefs?

Families usually celebrate either traditional religious ceremonies or the Muslim festivals or both. The people remain open to Christianity, but individuals who have converted have experienced family pressures and even persecution. There is a need to learn the Twi-Bwamu language for effective cross cultural missionaries. They would need to share in their culture if they want to help them and share the Gospel with them. They need the Bible translated into their language.


Prayer Points

* Scripture Prayers for the Bwamu, Twi in Burkina Faso.


Profile Source:   Anonymous  
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People Name General Bwamu, Twi
People Name in Country Bwamu, Twi
World Population 42,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 5
Unreached No
Frontier People Group No
GSEC 4  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed
Alternate Names Bwaba; Twi; Twi Bwamu
People ID 11061
ROP3 Code 101825
Country Burkina Faso
Region Africa, West and Central
Continent Africa
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Boucle du Muhoun region: Bale province, Kabourou area; Est region; Hauts-Bassin region: Tuy province: Founzan; Sud-Ouest region: Ioba province.   Source:  Ethnologue 2016
Country Burkina Faso
Region Africa, West and Central
Continent Africa
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Boucle du Muhoun region: Bale province, Kabourou area; Est region; Hauts-Bassin region: Tuy province: Founzan; Sud-Ouest region: Ioba province..   Source:  Ethnologue 2016
Primary Language Bwamu, Cwi (42,000 speakers)
Language Code bwy   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Unknown
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Bwamu, Cwi (42,000 speakers)
Language Code bwy   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Bwamu, Cwi

Primary Language:  Bwamu, Cwi

Bible Translation Status:  Translation Started

Resource Type Resource Name
None reported  
Primary Religion: Ethnic Religions
Major Religion Percent
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 14.00 %)
28.30 %
Ethnic Religions
62.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
9.70 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Christian Segments Percent
Anglican
0.0 %
Independent
5.0 %
Orthodox
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
Protestant
40.0 %
Roman Catholic
55.0 %
Map Source Anonymous  
Profile Source Anonymous  
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