Safaliba (Safale̱ba)

Safaliba is member of the Northern Gur branch of Niger-Congo language family. It is spoken by about 7,000 people in northwestern Ghana, particularly in the Bole District of the Savannah Region. There are also some speakers in Côte d'Ivoire (Ivory Coast).

Safaliba is also known as Safali, Safalaba, Safareba or Safalba. It is closely related to Dagaare.

A way to write Safaliba using the Latin alphabet was developed in 1996 by Edmund Kuŋi Yakubu, a Safaliba teacher and activist, and revised by Paul and Jennifer Schaefer between 1999 and 2003. There are plans to teach Safaliba-speaking children to read and write their language in some primary schools.

Safaliba alphabet and pronunciation

Safaliba alphabet and pronunciation


Long vowels are doubled (aa).

Download an alphabet chart for Safaliba (Excel)

Some details provided by Michael Peter Füstumum

Sample text (Amaaliya Mbatumwini)

A ŋaa, o̱ ba ɛ' yini "solime" gbagba ŋ lɛ' woo. O̱ ɛ' naaŋ yini ye' be̱lɛ e̱ haŋ nya' yɛla haŋ pake̱ nɛra. Yooni kpaŋ yaŋ, Ɛɛŋ, ŋ aso̱ba Abulai ane̱ ŋ aso̱ba Yɛle̱waya, ba be' bee, baŋ zaa be' po' kpenleeri ne̱ ŋ aso̱ba Bokoro.

Translation (The Reward of Jealousy)

As for this, be aware that it is not like an actual "story". It is really more like what you may have seen happen to a person. One year, my uncle Abulai and my uncle Yeliwaya, there they were, they both were farming together with my uncle Bokoro.


Sample videos in and about Safaliba


Information about Safaliba

Gur languages

Berba, Birifor (Northern), Birifor (Southern), Dagaare, Dagbani, Frafra, Gourmanchéma, Kabiye, Kasem, Konkomba, Kusaal, Láá Láá Bwamu, Mampruli, Moba, Mossi, Paasaal, Safaliba, Sisaali, Tammari, Tem, Tumulung Sisaala, Turka, Waama, Western Sisaala

Languages written with the Latin alphabet

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