Kanuri, Tumari in Niger

Joshua Project has identified the Kanuri, Tumari only in Niger







Largest Religion

Main Language


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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 74,000
Progress Scale 1.1
Least-Reached Yes
Unengaged or Unknown 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
Country Niger
Continent Africa
Region West and Central Africa
10/40 Window Yes
Location in Country Tumari in N'guigmi; dialects in neighboring villages
People Group Map Kanuri, Tumari in Niger PDF Version

Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Hausa (Unknown) Kanuri, Tumari (Unknown)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Hausa Kanuri, Tumari
Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions No
New Testament No
Complete Bible No
Category Resource
Largest Religion Islam
0.00%    ( Evangelical  0.00% )
Ethnic Religions
Other / Small
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Map Source: Bryan Nicholson / cartoMission
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