Mali is a multilingual country. The languages spoken there reflect ancient settlement patterns, migrations, and its long history. Although French is the national language, bambara is widely spoken. In all, the country has 13 indigenous languages with legal status of national language. Almost all the people who speak French speak it as a second language, while Bambara is first.
The Economy of Mali is based upon agriculture, with a mosly rural population engaged in subsistence agriculture. Mali is actually in the Top 10 poorest nations of the world, and 1 of the 37 heavily indebted poor countries. Mali's greatest potential wealth is in mining, and the production of agricultural commodities, livestock, and fish. Agricultural activities occupy 70% of Mali's labor force. That labor provides 40% of Mali's GDP.
Rice and millet are the staples of Milain cuisine, which is heavily based on cereal grains. Grains are made from sauces with a variety of edible leaves. Such as spinach or baobab, with tomato peanut sauce. And can be accompanied by meat, such as chicken, mutton, beaf , pork or goat. Malain cuisine varies regionally, other popular dishes include fufu, jollof rice, and maafe.
Mali's sport of choice is football, or soccer as we know it by, which is the most popular sport known. There national team bacame more prominent, after hosting the 2002 African Cup of Nations. Many towns and cities have regular games. The most popular National teams are Djoliba, Stad, and Real. Unfortunately informal games are played by youths, using a bundle of rags as a ball.