Kanuri, Tumari in Niger

Joshua Project has identified the Kanuri, Tumari only in Niger






Largest Religion

Main Language



Kanuri became Muslims in the 11th century. The people are intensely proud of their ancient tradition of Islamic statehood. The traditional Kanuri dress consists of large robe-type garments that are worn with turbans or brightly embroidered caps. Social organization emphasizes the importance of the nuclear family and the supreme authority of the father. The greater the number in a household, the more prestige the family head is given. The divorce rate among the Kanuri is extremely high, with eight out of ten marriages ending in divorce.

Ministry Obstacles

The Kanuri people have been strong adherents of their current religion for generations. Change of religion requires change of worldview, and this is difficult. The entire country of Niger is strongly Muslim.

Outreach Ideas

No Christian resources are known to be available in the language of the Tumari Kanuri. Much prayer is needed for the creation of resources, and to prepare the people for the Gospel message.

Pray for the Followers of Christ

There are probably no followers of Christ today among this people. Please pray for those the Lord will soon call to himself, that the Lord is even now preparing pastors and teachers for them.

Pray for the Entire People Group

Please pray that all Kanuri tribes will be given an increasing desire to know Isa (Jesus) as the Koran is read in the mosque. Pray for spiritual hunger.

Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

Expanded PDF Profile

People Name General Kanuri, Tumari
People Name in Country Kanuri, Tumari
Population in Niger 77,000
World Population 77,000
Countries 1
Progress Scale 1.1
Least-Reached Yes
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Beriberi, Kanembu, Tumari Kanuri
Affinity Bloc Sub-Saharan Peoples
People Cluster Kanuri-Saharan
People Name General Kanuri, Tumari
Ethnic Code NAB61
People ID 12508
Country Niger
Region West and Central Africa
Continent Africa
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Tumari in N'guigmi; dialects in neighboring villages.   Source:  Ethnologue 2010
Languages & Dialects on file:  2  (up to 20 largest shown)
Hausa Kanuri, Tumari
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Hausa Kanuri, Tumari
For Primary Language: Kanuri, Tumari

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions No
New Testament No
Complete Bible No
Resource Format
None reported  
Primary Religion: Islam

Major Religion Percent
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Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
0.00 %
100.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %

Christian Segments Percent
0.0 %
0.0 %
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
0.0 %
Roman Catholic
0.0 %
Photo Source: International Mission Board-SBC   Copyrighted ©   Used with permission
Map Source: Bryan Nicholson / cartoMission  
Profile Source: Joshua Project  
Data Sources: Data is compiled from various sources. Read more

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