Bemba, Wemba in Tanzania





Largest Religion

Main Language


Introduction / History

Bembe or Wabembe are Bantu people, occupying the whole coast of Lake Tanganika of the Kigoma Region. All of them are descendants of those who came from the Democratic Republic of the Congo a long time ago. Some of them changed the tribe name and are now called Wamanyema, others mixed with the Waha tribe (the majority ethnic group of the Kigoma region).

Where Are they Located?

The Wabembe of Tanzania occupy the entire coastal region of Lake Tanganyika, from Kagunga to Mgambo. Their population is not totally known. This is because most of them claim to be Wamanyema, Wagoma and sometimes Waha people. 85% of Ujiji population, Kigoma region, are Bembe people.

What Are Their Beliefs?

Their ancestors believe in a deity they see as the living God - the Yehova. Ancestors used to give offerings through prayers which they call "Iyela or Lo'elo" when famine or illness come into the village. They also strongly beilve in the spirit of the dead which they call "Oci". Oci are considered as the messenger from ancestors which come to visit the surviving children and grandchildren. Oci comes in the form of a spirit talking to people through a human being. for the Oci to come everytime, a small round house must be built in the form of Msonge- which serves the purpose of invoking the ancestor. They speak Kibembe or Ebembe.

Profile Source:   Anonymous  

People Name General Bemba
People Name in Country Bemba, Wemba
Population in Tanzania 63,000
World Population 4,202,000
Countries 5
Progress Scale 3.2
Least-Reached No
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Bembe, Chibemba, Chisinga, Chiwemba, Ichibemba, Wemba
Affinity Bloc Sub-Saharan Peoples
People Cluster Bantu, Central-South
People Name General Bemba
Ethnic Code NAB57b
People ID 10782
Country Tanzania
Region East and Southern Africa
Continent Africa
10/40 Window No
Persecution Rank 33  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)

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Enthologue Language Map

Languages & Dialects on file:  1  (up to 20 largest shown)
Bemba (63,000)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Bemba 63,000
For Primary Language: Bemba

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1904-1948)
New Testament Yes   (1916-2003)
Complete Bible Yes   (1956-1983)
Audio Bible Online
Resource Format
Audio Bible teaching (GRN) Audio Recordings
Bible-in-Your-Language Text / Printed Matter
Bible: Revised Bemba Bible 2014 Text / Printed Matter
EasyBibles Text / Printed Matter
EasyBibles Text / Printed Matter
Four Spiritual Laws General
God's Story Video Film / Video
Jesus Film: view in Bemba Film / Video
Online New Testament (FCBH) Audio Recordings
Online Scripture (Talking Bibles) Audio Recordings
Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project) Audio Recordings
Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project) Film / Video
The Hope Video Film / Video
Primary Religion: Christianity
Religion Subdivision: Protestant

Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 14.00 %)
95.00 %
Ethnic Religions
5.00 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %

Christian Segments Percent
0.0 %
5.0 %
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
65.0 %
Roman Catholic
30.0 %
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