Mandingo, Mandinka in Benin

Largest Religion
Main Language
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Mandinka People Video

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Mandinka villages are fairly autonomous and self-ruled, being led by a chief and group of elders. Mandinkas live in an oral society. Learning is traditionally done through stories, songs, and proverbs. Western education's impact has been minimal. However, more than half the adult population can read the local Arabic script. During the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries as many as a third of the Mandinka population were shipped to the Americas as slaves. A significant portion of the African-Americans in the United States are descended from the Mandinka people. The majority of the Mandinka were still animists at the beginning of the 18th century, but today most practice Islam mixed with traditional beliefs.

Ministry Obstacles

Workers should remember that the Mandinka are an oral society and oral means of communicating will likely be most effective.

Outreach Ideas

The full Bible and many other Gospel resources are available in the language of the Mandinka. Workers are needed to take these to the people.

Pray for the Followers of Christ

Pray the few followers of Christ among the Mandinka will hate what is evil and cling to what is good. Pray they will be sent teachers to instruct them, especially using oral methods.

Pray for the Entire People Group

Pray for an improved literacy rate, and for parents to see the importance of providing an education for their children.

Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Mandingo, Mandinka
People Name in Country Mandingo, Mandinka
Population in Benin 11,000
World Population 1,874,000
Total Countries 6
Indigenous No
Least-Reached Yes
Unengaged Yes (per Finishing the Task)
Progress Scale 1
GSEC 1  (per
Alternate Names Malinke, Mandinko, Sose
People ID 13491
ROP3 Code 106233
Primary Language: Mandinka (11,000 speakers)   People group listing
Language Code: mnk   Ethnologue Listing
Written: Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages: 1
Primary Language: Mandinka (11,000 speakers)   People group listing
Language Code: mnk   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
Primary Language: Mandinka

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1837-2000)
New Testament Yes   (1989)
Complete Bible Yes   (2013)
Audio Bible Online
Possible Print Bibles
Forum of Bible Agencies
Gospel Go
World Bible Finder
World Bibles
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio Recordings Online New Testament (FCBH)
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Mandinka
Text / Printed Matter World Missionary Press Booklets
Primary Religion: Islam
Religion Subdivision: Sunni

Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.30 %)
1.00 %
Ethnic Religions
6.00 %
0.00 %
90.00 %
3.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %
Christian Segments Percent
0.0 %
10.0 %
0.0 %
Other Christian
10.0 %
30.0 %
Roman Catholic
50.0 %
Photo Source: Link Up Africa  
Map Source: Bryan Nicholson / cartoMission  
Video Source: LinkUp Africa
Profile Source: Joshua Project  
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