Quick facts about the Maninka
- Location: Guinea, Burkina Faso, Cote d'Ivoire, Liberia, Mali, Senegal, Sierra Leone
- Also Known As: Malinké, Mandingo
- Status: Engaged by IMB
- Population: 4,000,000
- Primary Religion: Folk Islam
- Number of Christians: around 2,250
- Language: Maninkakan (dialects change according to population segment)
- Maninka are only 0.06% Christian -- 99% of the population is lost
- Steeped in Islam and African Traditional Religion
- Located mostly in rural areas
- Health care: Small local gov’t clinics with limited supplies, no prevention awareness or clean water in most villages; poor sanitation practices and African traditional medicines.
- Family Structure: Polygamous marriages
- Diet: rice with tomato and onion-based sauce with peanuts, ground millet, eggplant, leafy greens or meat/fish; fruits—mangoes, bananas, oranges, papayas, grapefruit.
Learn more about the Maninka!
The Maninka trace their roots back to the vast, wealthy Mali Empire of West Africa, which rose to power in the 1200’s. Today, also known as the Malinké or Mandingo, they are the same people group numbering over four million and found in at least six countries of