Africa

The Horn of Africa-Cushitic peoples. There are 101 million in 160 ethnic groups living mainly in Sudan, Eritrea, Ethiopia and Somalia. They are represented in six people clusters – Afar, Beja, Ethiopian (often referred to as “Semitic”), Omotic, Oromo and Somali. A number of peoples are Christian. The great challenge remains to reach the Somali […]

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The Swahili-speaking Bantu peoples of Africa’s east coast, concentrated in Tanzania, Kenya, Mozambique, Madagascar and Comoros. Almost all are Muslim. Major groupings: Swahili (1.5m, mostly in Zanzibar), Comorian (0.9m), Zaramo (0.8m), Shirazi (0.7m). They are stoutly Muslim and traditionally resistant to Christian outreach.

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A number of Chadic, Nilotic and Nuba mountain peoples are thoroughly unreached, even though they are from clusters with significant Christian populations and are related to highly Christianized peoples. Among Africa’s least reached are 44 Chadic peoples, 15 Nilotic peoples and 26 Nuba Mountain peoples. They live primarily in Sudan, Chad, Cameroon and Nigeria.

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The Hausa are dominant in Niger and northern Nigeria, but live in 20 countries in total and number 32.4 million. Hausa has become the major language for much of Nigeria, Niger and beyond. Many resources exist in Hausa – the Bible, the JESUS film, radio broadcasting – and much ministry is done in Hausa, but […]

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The peoples of Sudan, Chad, the CAR and Egypt. These include the Nubian cluster (30 peoples, 3.0m), the Ouaddai-Fur (38 peoples, 3.2m) and smaller Guera-Naba cluster (6 peoples, 0.5m). Among the Nubians, only the Dongolawi number over 500,000 (0.9m in Egypt, with only 0.1% Christian). Among the Ouaddai-Fur, only the Fur (0.9m) and Masalit (0.4m) […]

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The interior peoples of West Africa. These consist of the Kanuri, Bambara, Songhai, Soninke people clusters, adding up to 78 peoples with 31 languages and 22.3 million people. Largest among them are the Yerwa Kanuri of Nigeria (5.5m), the Zarma of Niger (4.5m), the Bambara of Mali and Côte d’Ivoire (3.1m, 1.0m), the Songhai-Koryaboro of […]

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The Fulbe (Pulaar, Fulani) number 31.9 million in 50 or so distinct ethnic groups speaking related dialects. They have spread from Senegal to become a major component of nearly every country of the Sahel as far east as Sudan. They are the largest nomadic-culture people in the world. More than half now live settled lifestyles […]

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The Tamacheq (Tuareg) are related to the Berber, but have a unique culture and live in the central Sahara Desert. They number 2.5 million in seven countries and comprise 16 sub-groups. Believers among them are increasing, but only in Niger and Mali are there established groups. A number of agencies have formed a partnership for […]

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The peoples of the West Africa coastal nations, including the Wolof, Malinke, Jula and Susu clusters. Totalling 17.2 million people, they include 114 peoples speaking 75 languages and dialects. The largest peoples are the Wolof of Senegal (4.6m), Maninke of Guinea (2.4m), Maninka of Côte d’Ivoire (1.9m), Mandinka of Senegal and Gambia (1.4m) and Susu […]

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The Arabs of North Africa. Arriving from the Arabian peninsula in the early years of Islam, the Arabs conquered the Maghreb and imposed Islam upon the population. There has been little by way of outreach to them until recent years – and even less by way of response. They number nearly 210 million from Mauritania […]

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