Africa Trip Results in New Project Requests
Meetings in Ouagadougou, capital city of Burkina Faso, were completed May 16-21 and resulted in multiple requests for the translation, printing, and distrbution of Simple Truths. In seven days of travel, data gathering, and meetings with pastors, translators, Bible society executives, mission and denominational leaders, the early strategies have been put in place for new translations in seven additional languages in West Africa. Steps were also taken to solve the challenges of distributing the materials throughout the multiple countries where these languages are used. Translation work has already begun in Dagaari (spoken in Burkina Faso and Ghana) and Gourmantché (spoken in Burkina Faso, Togo, Benin). Other languages that have been recommended for consideration include Ewé/Evé, Kabiyé, Bambara, Yoruba, Hausa, Igbo, and Lobi/Lobiri. These languages are spoken in the countries of Togo, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Benin, Ghana, and Ivory Coast. Hausa is the most widely used, with speakers in northern Nigeria and Niger, and also in Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Congo, Eritrea, Ghana, Sudan and Togo.