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Bobo Madare in Burkina Faso

Bobo Madare

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
247,000 Bobo Madare, Southern Islam 0.02 % 0.01 % No   

Bobo Madare in Burkina Faso

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Introduction / History
The Bobo Madare of Burkina Faso are speakers of the Bobo Fing language. This ethnic group is traditionally divided geographically and linguistically into a northern group and a southern group. The following information pertains to the southern group.

The primary occupation of the Bobo Madare is farming. They raise millet, sorghum, peanuts, and tomatoes, along with a limited number of chickens, goats, and other livestock. Both women and men join in the daily agricultural chores. In addition to this, women are also responsible for all domestic work including cooking, washing, child care, and drawing water. Children are expected to help with chores at a very early age. Education remains a privilege for few children, and school enrollment creates a financial strain on any family. The men spend much time talking, sharing stories, and drinking beer. Because of their work load, women have little or no free time.

What are their beliefs?
About thirty churches have been established in the southern area of the Bobo Madare. Over two thousand have professed conversions to Christianity, but the majority of the population remains rooted in traditional animistic beliefs. A translation of the New Testament in Bobo Fing was completed in 1989, and the completion of the Old Testament is expected in 1998. Though parts of the Bible are now available in the mother tongue of this ethnic group, there continue to be great needs for evangelization among the Bobo Madare.

What are their needs?
Life remains challenging for the Bobo Madare peoples. Malaria, measles, meningitis, and malnutrition annually take many lives. Health care is often inaccessible and unaffordable.

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Global Prayer Digest: 2012-02-10
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Country: Burkina Faso
Continent: Africa
Region: Africa, West and Central
10/40 Window: Yes
Location in Country:Boucle du Muhoun region: Banwa province; Est region; Hauts-Bassins region: Houet province,: Bobo Dioulasso area; Kenedougou and Tuy provinces.
(Source: Ethnologue 2016)
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Linguistic Map:Ethnologue language map
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People Name in Country: Bobo Madare
People Name General: Bobo Madare
Alternate People Names:
ROP3 Code: 101526
Joshua Project People ID: 10902
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 247,000
Population all Countries: 247,000
Least-Reached: Yes
Affinity Bloc: Sub-Saharan Peoples
People Cluster: Malinke-Jula
People Name General: Bobo Madare
Ethnic Code: NAB63z
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Bobo Madare, Southern (247,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): bwq    Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity0.02 %(Evangelical: 0.01 %)
Ethnic Religions9.98 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam90.00 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small0.00 % 
Unknown0.00 % 
Christianity Segments:
Anglican0.00 %
Independent0.00 %
Protestant80.00 %
Orthodox0.00 %
Other Christian0.00 %
Roman Catholic20.00 %
(Evangelicals distributed across Christianity segments)
Progress Indicators [5]
Progress Scale[6]   Few evangelicals and few who claim to be Christians. Little, if any, history of Christianity.
Least-Reached: Yes
GSEC Status:Level 2   Less than 2% Evangelical. Initial (localized) church planting within past 2 years
Bible Translation Status
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Bible Portions: 1965
New Testament:
Complete Bible: 2004
Possible Bible Sources: Forum of Bible Agencies
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Ministry Resources [7]
Audio RecordingsMegaVoice Audio Bible and Stories
Audio RecordingsAudio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio RecordingsOnline New Testament (FCBH)
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Bobo Madare in Burkina Faso

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People Cluster
    Malinke-Jula     Africa, West and Central    
      Bobo Madare Burkina Faso    
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      Islam     Bobo Madare, Southern  
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