This Ninkare-French dictionary is the fruit of a collaboration between Awẽnnɛ and Awẽnpɔka (Urs and Idda Niggli, SIL Burkina Faso) and the Ninkare Translation Committee (CTBN) in Guelwongo. Our special thanks go to Mr. OUENA Kuliga Jean-Pierre and to Mr. SIA Bagana Jacques who helped us very much to achieve this goal. The Ninkare language has different names such as: Frafra, Gurune, Gurenne, Nankani and Ninkare.
According to the Ethnologue (Lewis et al., 2013), Ninkare is spoken in the Nahouri province, in the subdistricts Zecco and Ziou in Burkina Faso by about 25,000 speakers (1991). Alternate Names are Frafra, Gurenne, Gurne and Nankani. It is classified as follows: Niger-Congo, Atlantic-Congo, Volta-Congo, North, Gur, Central, Northern, Oti-Volta, Western, Northwest.
The linguistic family tree for the Ninkare language is as follows:
In Burkina Faso there are about 30’000 Ninkare speakers in 2015. A Ninkare speaker is called a Ninkarga of which the plural is Ninkarse.