Boko (Bokonya)

Boko is a member of the Eastern Mande group of Niger-Congo languages. It is spoken by about 150,00 people in northern Benin and in the north and west of Nigeria. Boko speakers in Nigeria can be found in the Borgu LGA of Niger State, Bagudo LGA of Kebbi State, and Baruten LGA of Kwara state. In Benin they live in the town of Segbana in Alibori Department, and in the town of Kalalé in Borgou Department.

Boko is also known as Bokko, Boo, Bussa, Vussa or Busanci, and Boko speakers call it Bokonya. It is written with the Latin script.

Boko alphabet and pronunciation

Boko alphabet and pronunciation

Download an alphabet chart for Boko (Excel)

Sample text (The Lord's Prayer - Luke 11: 2-4)

  1. Ɔ̃ a ònɛ́: Tó álɛ wabikɛ, àli mɛ: Baa, to wà dↄ̃ kɛ́ n kua adoa. To kpala pↄ́ bↄ̀ n kĩ́i bↄ gupuau.
  2. Wá gba ú pↄ́ wáↄ ble lá gu lɛ́ dↄ.
  3. Wá duuna kɛ̃́wá, asa wi gbɛ̃́ pↄ́ tàaekɛ̀wɛ̃ɛↄ kɛ̃ píiɛ. Ńsu to wà fu yↄ̃awao.



  1. And he said unto them, When ye pray, say, Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, as in heaven, so in earth.
  2. Give us day by day our daily bread.
  3. And forgive us our sins; for we also forgive every one that is indebted to us. And lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from evil.


Sample video

Information about Boko | Tower of Babel


Information about the Boko languagesée)

Mande languages

Bambara, Boko, Busa, Dan, Dioula, Kpelle, Loma, Mandinka, Maninka, Mano, Mende, Soninke, Susu, Vai

Languages written with the Latin alphabet

Page created: 03.06.24. Last modified: 03.06.24


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