Biafada

Categories: Ethnicities

The Biafada are a people of Guinea-Bissau, Senegal, and Gambia, who speak a Tenda language in the Niger-Congo family that is heavily influenced by Mandinka. In the 19th century, the Biafada fought against both the Fula of Futa Jallon, as well as the Portuguese colonial regime, the latter of which finally subjugated them in 1907-08. Their culture is very similar to that of the Bijago, Balanta, Mankanya, and the Papel people. On the islands of Guinea-Bissau, their main occupation is fishing, whereas inland, they mainly farm and raise livestock.

Synonyms:
Beafada, Biafar, Bidyola, Dfola, Dyola, Fada, Yola
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