Photo of the Susu of West Africa


Quick facts about the Susu

  • Location: Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Senegal, Sierra Leone
  • Also Known As: Soussou, Soso, Sussu
  • Status: Engaged by IMB
  • Population: 1,100,000
  • Primary Religion: Folk Islam
  • Number of Christians: Fewer than 100 known evangelical Christians
  • Language: Susu

  • Susus live in the southwest corner of the 10-40 window.
  • They are the dominant people in the coastal region of Guinea.
  • The Susu language has become the language of several smaller unreached people groups in coastal Guinea.
  • Focused work to reach the Susus only started in the mid 1990s.
  • Though there are several evangelical churches in Susu territory, only three very small ones are considered Susu churches with services in the Susu language.

Lift up the Susu believers that are going back to their home villages to share the Gospel message with their own people. Pray that churches in the Susu territory will reach out to the Susus in their own language. Pray also for the completion of the Bible translation into the Susu language, and pray that those who receive Bible portions will be touched by God's word as they read it in their heart language.

Learn more about the Susu!

The Susu are the largest people group in coastal Guinea. Conakry is in their territory and Susu is the trade language in this capital city and in the whole region.

Susus live primarily from subsistence farming. Work is done by manual labor, and plowing the ground using cattle is only seen in more progressive villages. The main crops are rice, peanuts, cassava, hot peppers, and eggplant. They also cultivate bananas and mangoes, and extract red cooking oil from palm nuts. In coastal villages fishing and salt extraction are the main activities.

The Susus are community oriented and most decisions are taken by the extended family. Families are large and polygamy is the norm. It is not uncommon for a man to have three or four wives and over 20 children.

Almost all Susus (99%) are Muslim. Though very proud of being Muslim, Susus also follow their traditional African beliefs.

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Images of the Susu (click images to enlarge)

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