Published August 22, 2017
This video was recorded by Kristen Tcherneshoff in Paris, France, where Afou lives, during the Refugee Food Festival. Nyarafolo, also known as Niafolo, is spoken by as many as 60,000 people, primarily in the Ferkessédougou Department of the West African nation of Côte d'Ivoire, where Afou is originally from. A Niger-Congo language, Nyarafolo is a member of the Senufo linguistic group, which includes some fourteen other mother tongues spoken throughout West Africa: in addition to Côte d'Ivoire, in Mali, Burkina Faso, and Ghana. It remains a primarily spoken language without a wide body of print or digital media.