Cheickna TIGANA

Cheickna Tigana is a linguistic researcher born in 1974 at Soutra Boubou, Nara Circle, Mali. He studied in a Koranic school from 1980-1988. He then studied Islam at Sounsana and Kamisara until 1994. He then spent two years shining shoes for a living, and worked as a merchant from 1996-2006. He started studying N’Ko in 1999 and became a member of the N’Ko MCD association, then was named Vice Secretary of Environment in 2006, and then in 2009, Secretary for Culture, Patrimony, Religion and Heritage. He works in teaching N’Ko and does research on N’Ko lexicography and terminology as well as working on the N’Ko magazine Yereya. He is married and the father of four children.

Photo courtesy of the West African Research Association.