Hello everyone :)
I am a final year student of Oriental Faculty in SPb. I study languages and culture of Bambara and Maninka ( ethnic groups living in Mali and Guinea). So I would like to visit these countries to provide my language skills
Unfortunately, this trip is quite expensive. I would be exceedingly grateful if anyone could help so that I can reach my goal.
Thank you in advance
P.S Here is some information:)
The Bambara (Bambara: Bamana or Banmana) are a Mandé people living in Africa, primarily in Mali but also in Guinea, Burkina Faso and Senegal.
The Bamana originated as a royal section of the Mandinka people. They are founders of the Mali Empire in the 13th Century. Both Manding and Bambara are part of the Mandé ethnic group, whose earliest known history can be traced back to sites near Tichitt (now subsumed by the Sahara in southern Mauritania), where urban centers began to emerge by as early as 2500 BC. By 250 BC, a Mandé subgroup, the Bozo, founded the city of Djenne. Between 300 AD and 1100 AD, the Soninke Mandé dominated the Western Mali, leading the Ghana Empire. When the Mandé Songhai Empire dissolved after 1600 AD, many Mandé-speaking groups along the upper Niger river basin turned inward. The Bamana appeared again in this milieu with the rise of a Bamana Empire in the 1740s, when the Mali Empire started to crumble around 1559.
Maninka (Malinke), or more precisely Eastern Maninka, is the name of several closely related languages and dialects of the southeastern Manding subgroup of the Mande branch of the Niger–Congo languages. It is the mother tongue of the Malinké people and is spoken by 3,300,000 speakers in Guinea, where it is the main language in the Upper Guinea region, and Mali