Kanembu in Nigeria






Largest Religion

Main Language



The Kanembu are considered the modern descendants of the Kanem-Borno Empire, which exerted influence over central north Africa for over 1000 years. Their sultans and traditional rulers are still more influential than government authorities. They live in mud brick houses, with their culture and clothing much the same as in ancient times. For centuries they have been Muslim, but traditional African beliefs are mixed with Islam. The Kanembu depend on spiritism to meet daily problems.

Ministry Obstacles

The Kanembu have been Muslim for generations, and their identity is wrapped up in their current belief system.

Outreach Ideas

Scripture portions are available in the Kanumbu language, as are Gospel recordings. Pray for Christians in other tribes to take the message of Christ to the Kanembu people.

Pray for the Followers of Christ

There may be a very few followers of Jesus among the Kanembu, but even that is doubtful. Pray for those believers the Lord will soon call to himself from this tribe. Pray they will live holy lives, and will learn to live in the power of God's Spirit.

Pray for the Entire People Group

Pray this ancient tribe will be privileged to hear accurately who Jesus truly is, the Son of God, deity.

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Global Prayer Digest: 2013-02-03
People Name General Kanembu
People Name in Country Kanembu
Population in Nigeria 1,900
World Population 730,000
Countries 3
Progress Scale 1.1
Least-Reached Yes
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Kanembou, Karkawu, Kenembu
Affinity Bloc Sub-Saharan Peoples
People Cluster Kanuri-Saharan
People Name General Kanembu
Ethnic Code NAB61
People ID 12489
Country Nigeria
Region West and Central Africa
Continent Africa
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 10  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Languages & Dialects on file:  1  (up to 20 largest shown)
Kanembu: Nguri (1,900)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Kanembu: Nguri 1,900
For Primary Language: Kanembu

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (2001)
New Testament No
Complete Bible No
Resource Format
Audio Bible teaching (GRN) Audio Recordings
Primary Religion: Islam

Major Religion Percent
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Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
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Ethnic Religions
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100.00 %
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Other / Small
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Christian Segments Percent
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Other Christian
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Roman Catholic
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Map Source: Anonymous  
Profile Source: Joshua Project  
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