Meet Mamady from Guinea, West Africa


Name: Mamady Conde, age 11
School: Morignoumaya Village, Guinea, West Africa
Languages: Mandingo and French
Religion: Muslim
Favorite subject in school: Poetry
Favorite hobby: “I like to play football (soccer).”
Family: Mamady lives with his uncle who is a farmer in the village.
What he wants to be when he grows up: “I would like to be a driver.”

Population: 9.9 million
Capital: Conakry
Official language: French; 8 national languages, including Soussou, Peuhl, Maninka, Kissi and Toma
Religion: 85% Muslim, 8% Christian, 7% native/traditional beliefs
Work: 76% of workers are in agriculture
History: Ruled by France from 1890-1958;previously part of Mali Empire
Name: The country’s name comes from the Soussou language, where GinE means “woman.”


Hello: I nike!
How are you?: Ta na sitii la?
I’m fine: Ta na sitè
Bread: Buru
School: Lacoli
Boy: Kanberen
Girl: Demusso

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