People-in-Country Profile

People Selector:
Step 1 - Select a Country:   Send us your updates!
Step 2 - Select a People:  

Samo, Southern in Burkina Faso

Send us a photo of this people.  [1]

Samo, Southern in Burkina Faso map
Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
152,000 Samo, Southern Ethnic Religions 20.00 % 9.50 %   

Samo, Southern in Burkina Faso

Profile Text
Submit Profile Text:

Introduction / History
The Samo live in northwestern Burkina Faso, in a dry, arid area that receives minimal rainfall. Four different dialects with limited intelligibility makes ministry and translation in the mother tongue difficult. Approximately 75% of the Samo are bilingual in Jula, the trade language of western Burkina Faso. Many missionaries and churches communicate in Jula in order to unify speakers of different Samo dialects. The Samo place a high priority on education. Adults are eager to learn to read, although a shortage of time and funds prevents many from attending literacy classes. The adult literacy rate remains an extremely low 4%. Each village has its own school, and at least 60% of young people currently receive a primary education. Teachers and materials are scarce, and there are often over 100 students in a single class.

Young people have difficulty advancing in the workforce, and frequently resort to subsistence farming in order to support their families. The Samo culture is a mixture of traditional and modern influences. Women wear traditional African cloths, while men and children dress in Western style clothing. Village chiefs settle small disputes, but national government officials preside over larger conflicts. Modernization is seen in the increasing use of motorcycles and bush taxis, and some villages even have solar-powered pumps that provide water year-round.

Christians long for workers who are willing to live among them, teach literacy, and teach the scriptures to them in the Samo's mother tongue.

View Samo, Southern in all countries.

Prayer Links
  Submit Update:
Country: Burkina Faso
Continent: Africa
Region: Africa, West and Central
10/40 Window: Yes
Total Provinces on file:1
Location in Country:Boucle du Muhoun region, mainly Nayala province, Nouna and Solenzo areas, and Sourou province; Centre-Ouest region, Sanguie province; Nord region, Passore province; also in urban areas, Ouagadougou, Bobo-Dioulasso, Dedougou, and Koudougou cities; Toma dialect: Toma, Yaba, Gossina, Ye, Kougny, and Gassan departments.
(Source: Ethnologue 2016)
Submit Map:
Country Map:Political map
Ethnolinguistic Map:University of Texas or other map
Linguistic Map:Ethnologue language map
  Peoples [3]
Submit Update:
People Name in Country: Samo, Southern
People Name General: Samo Southern
Alternate People Names:
ROP3 Code: 108630
Joshua Project People ID: 14717
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 152,000
Population all Countries: 152,000
Least-Reached: No
Affinity Bloc: Sub-Saharan Peoples
People Cluster: Mande
People Name General: Samo Southern
Ethnic Code: NAB63z
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
Submit Update:
Primary Language: Samo, Southern (152,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): sbd    Ethnologue Listing
Primary Dialect:Toma
Dialect Code:20636
Total Languages: 1
Religion [4]
Submit Update:
Primary Religion: Ethnic Religions
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity20.00 %(Evangelical: 9.50 %)
Ethnic Religions50.00 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam30.00 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small0.00 % 
Unknown0.00 % 
Christianity Segments:
Anglican0.00 %
Independent2.00 %
Protestant45.00 %
Orthodox0.00 %
Other Christian0.00 %
Roman Catholic53.00 %
(Evangelicals distributed across Christianity segments)
Progress Indicators [5]
Progress Scale[6]   Evangelicals have a modest presence.
Least-Reached: No
GSEC Status:Level 2   Less than 2% Evangelical. Initial (localized) church planting within past 2 years
Bible Translation Status
Submit Update:
Bible Portions: 1964-1991
New Testament:
Complete Bible: 2014
Possible Bible Sources: Forum of Bible Agencies
 World Bible Finder
 World Christian Resource Directory
 Gospel Go
Ministry Resources [7]
Audio RecordingsMegaVoice Audio Bible and Stories
Audio RecordingsAudio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio RecordingsOnline New Testament (FCBH)
Film / VideoGod's Story Video
Film / VideoJesus Film: view in Samo, Southern
Ministry Activity
Register Ministry Activity:
Networking: Visit for networking possibilities.
Description: Register your ministry activity among this people group. Contact the Adopt-A-People Clearinghouse and Unleashed for the Unreached to learn about others that might be focused on this people group.
Data Notes
Data Sources

Samo, Southern in Burkina Faso

Global                 Global
  Affinity Bloc             Global  
People Cluster
    Mande     Africa, West and Central    
      Samo Southern Burkina Faso    
            People-by-Country (Profile)          
            Samo, Southern in Burkina Faso          
      Religion Language  
      Ethnic Religions     Samo, Southern  
    All Religions                              

Direct link: