West African Soro: 54 Ways to Say I Love You - Fatia Kasumu
Feb 10, 2014

Happy Valentines Day, Kings and Queens! West African Soro spoke with founder and creator of lovenwords.com, a website promoting a culture of love, fatherhood and romance with an African twist!

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Chioma Obii-Obioha is the director of the website lovenwords.com and shared some insights on how to keep love spicy in her post this week, titled "52 Weeks of Romance Challenge." Click the orange and white arrow button below to hear our interview!




The continent of Africa is made up of 56 countries, over 200 languages, and even more dialects. West Africa is made up of 17 countries. I challenge you to tell your loved ones "I love you" in one of the languages/dialects listed below...GO!



Cameroon
Yaounde-Fang (including Ewondo)- Spoken in Gabon and Cameroon: ma dzing wa / ma gnôre wa

Nigeria 
Yorùbá - Spoken in Benin and Nigeria: Mo ni fe re 
Hausa – Spoken in Niger, Nigeria: Ina Sonki

Niger
Kanuri – Spoken in Nigeria, Niger, Chad and Cameroon: Nya Raakna

Togo
French – Spoken in Algeria, Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, CAR, Chad, Comoros, Cote D’Ivore, Djibouti, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Guinea, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Niger, Senegal, Seychelles, Togo, and Tunisia: Je t’aime

Ghana
Akan/Twi/Fante – Spoken in Ghana: Me dowapaa

Burkina Faso
Moore/Dagbani – Spoken in Burkina Faso, Ghana, Togo and Mali: Mi ndigui

Sierra Leone
Mende – Spoken in Sierra Leone: cale sa duie ca upeif

Senegal
Wolof – Spoken in Senegal, Gambia, and Mauritania:
Sopp naa la ("I admire you" – when courting); Nopp naa la (between partners)

Guinea
Soussou – Spoken in Guinea: iran fan ma
Pular - Spoken in Guinea: Mbe de yid ma

Guinea-Bissau
Mandingo/Mandinka – Spoken in Mali, Senegal, Gambia, Guinea, Côte d’Ivoire, Burkina Faso, Sierra Leone, Liberia, and Guinea-Bissau and Chad: Nye kanu laye

To view the rest of the languages click here!