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Soninke: people of Mali, Senegal

Soninke (Sarakole): Mali, Senegal, Gambia, Mauritania, Burkina Faso, Guinea-Bissau. Doctorate Africa

The Soninke people, or Sarakolé (Mande group) lives in Mali, Senegal, Gambia and Mauritania (West Africa)

  1. Estimation of Soninke by country:
    1. Mali: 1,077,000
    2. Senegal: 280,000
    3. Gambia: 180,000
    4. Mauritania: 1,560,000
    5. Small populations of Soninke in Burkina Faso and Guinea-Bissau.
  2. Language of Soninke (Sarakole): Soninke (Mande language)
    1. 1.2 million people speak Soninke
  3. Main religions of Soninke:
    1. Sunni Islam (Soninke were the first West-Africans to convert to Islam)
    2. African Traditional Religions
  4. Main economic activity of Soninke: agriculture
  5. Origin of Soninke: Ancient Egypt
  6. Ancestor of Soninke: Igo Khassé Dingka
    1. Foundation of the Kingdom of Ouagadougou by Igo Khassé Dingka
  7. The foundation of the Kingdom of Ouagadou, is the origin of the Empire of Ghana, according to oral tradition of the Soninke griots, is attributed to a legendary personage, Igo Khassé Dingka (meaning “great old man”), the ancestor of the Soninke.

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