People Group Profiles

“All nations will come and worship before you."

- Revelations 15:4

Soninke of United States

People Group Info

Total Population: 5,300

ROP3 Code: 109413
IMB Affinity Group: Sub-Saharan African Peoples
Affinity Bloc: Sub-Saharan African
People Cluster: Soninke
Language: Soninke - (snk)
Religion: Islam
Country of Origin: Mali

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Majority Located Where

  New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY - 15,000

  Cincinnati-Middletown, OH - 5,000

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Brief Profile

The Soninke people originated from Mali, officially the Republic of Mali, a landlocked country in West Africa.

They are part of the Malian cluster of peoples. Their distinguishing people identity is their high sense of national identity, often when asked who they are will answer as being from Mali or Malian, and their primary language being Soninke. The Bambara and Jula people are two other distinct people of Malian descent.

Many live illegally in the United States, and raise native-born children. Furthermore, the practice of polygamy exists in Muslim countries and is still maintained in the Malian community in the United States.

They speak Soninke as a first or second language. In addition, they also speak French and English.

The majority of Soninke people adhere to Sunni Islam.

Prayer Points

  • Pray God will send Christians to live among and share the message of Christ both in word and deed.
  • Pray God will work via dreams and other means to reveal Jesus Christ as the way, truth, and life for the Soninke people.
  • Pray Christians will minister to both the spiritual and physical needs of the Soninke people.

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Country City Metro Area Name State / Prov. Baseline Population
United StatesBronxNew York-Newark-Jersey CityNY15,000
United StatesCincinnatiCincinnati-MiddletownOH5,000