• PEOPLE CLUSTER: MALINKE-BAMBARA

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QUICK FACTS:

People groups: 18

Population: 7,505,800

Unreached people groups: 17

UPG population: 7,371,800

Unengaged UPGs: 7

UUPG population: 221,200

Number of countries: 11


Affinity Bloc: Sub-Saharan African

Overview: The Bambara, also known as Bamanakan, are a large Manding-speaking ethnic group found throughout Mali, the northern areas of Ivory Coast and parts of Guinea-Bissau. They are the largest ethnic group in Mali. The Malinke-Bambara people cluster encompasses the Bambara and several related subgroups speaking Bamanankan or a related Manding language.

  -- James S. Olson, The Peoples of Africa. London: Greenwood Press (1996), pp. 63-64

Peoples within this cluster: Bambara; Fulanke; Ganadougou; Malian; Wasulu

Countries where they are found: Burkina Faso; Canada; Cote d’Ivoire; France; Gambia; Guinea; Mali; Mauritania; Niger; Senegal; United States


People groups: 18

Population: 7,505,800

Unreached people groups: 17

UPG population: 7,371,800

Unengaged UPGs: 7

UUPG population: 221,200

Number of countries: 11