Kebena in Ethiopia

Joshua Project has identified the Kebena only in Ethiopia





Largest Religion

Main Language


Introduction / History

The Kebena People Group live in the Gurage Zone. In the 19th century they were part of the Hadya Kingdom, in fact it was one of the two principalities of Hadya, an autonomous state ruled by Umar Baska. It became known as Kebena or Hadya Womba. It also became an important commercial and Islamic center under Baska rule. It was conquered by Menelik II soldiers after a fierce battle which was more of a religious nature. The Kebena subsist on agriculture. Unlike their southern kinsmen, the Hadya, the Kebena are followers of Islam.

Prayer Points

* Pray to the Lord to send people that intercede for the Kebena.
* Ask the Lord to send laborers, especially from among the Hadya to reach the Kebena people.
* Ask the Lord to loosen the hold that Islam has in their lives.
* Ask the Lord to provide evangelistic resources in their language.

Profile Source:   MANI 

Prayer Links
Global Prayer Digest: 2014-01-21
People Name General Kebena
People Name in Country Kebena
Population in Ethiopia 75,000
World Population 75,000
Countries 1
Progress Scale 1.2
Least-Reached Yes
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Qebena
Affinity Bloc Horn of Africa Peoples
People Cluster Omotic
People Name General Kebena
Ethnic Code CMT33d
People ID 12600
Country Ethiopia
Region East and Southern Africa
Continent Africa
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 22  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Location in Country Southwest Gurage, Kambaata, Hadiyya region. Durame is main town.   Source:  Ethnologue 2010

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Enthologue Language Map

Languages & Dialects on file:  1  (up to 20 largest shown)
Kambaata: Qebena
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Kambaata: Qebena
For Primary Language: Kambaata

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1979-1990)
New Testament Yes   (1992)
Complete Bible No
Audio Bible Online
Resource Format
Audio Bible teaching (GRN) Audio Recordings
Jesus Film: view in Kambaata Film / Video
Online New Testament (FCBH) Audio Recordings
Primary Religion: Islam

Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 1.00 %)
3.00 %
Ethnic Religions
20.00 %
0.00 %
77.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %

Christian Segments Percent
0.0 %
10.0 %
70.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
20.0 %
Roman Catholic
0.0 %
Photo Source: MANI  
Profile Source: MANI 
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