Bakenyi in Uganda

Joshua Project has identified the Bakenyi only in Uganda





Largest Religion

Main Language


Introduction / History

The Bakenyi of Uganda are a Bantu ethnic group of people. It is believed that they migrated from the Buganda central region and moved eastward and settled in eastern part of Uganda around Lake Kyoga basin in the Buyende district in sub counties like Kidera, Nkondo, Kagulu and others.

Some Bakenyi crossed Lake Kyoga and settled in the Teso region in areas of the Kadungulu sub county around Kagwara and Namulemuka. Many Bakenyi are settled around the northern part of Lake Victoria in the Bwonda landing site in Mayuge and the district landing site in Jinja District.

The Bakenyi have around 20 clans like Bakoma, Baseregwe, Bawengere, Babango, Bagulu, Bandije, Bajwana, Batembe, Basagule, Babira and others.

What Are Their Lives Like?

They live near waterways and fishing is an important aspect of their lives.

They are polygamist and practice widow inheritance. This means a widow is forced to marry the brother of her deceased husband.

What Are Their Beliefs?

They believe in small gods such as Lubale, Katigo, Isiranya and others.

What Are Their Needs?

They need clean water and medical care. AIDS and malaria are killing people. They need capital to buy standard fishing tools. Education is needed as well as spiritual support.

Profile Source:   Anonymous  

People Name General Bakenyi
People Name in Country Bakenyi
Population in Uganda 106,000
World Population 106,000
Countries 1
Progress Scale 3.2
Least-Reached No
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names
Affinity Bloc Sub-Saharan Peoples
People Cluster Bantu, Central-Lakes
People Name General Bakenyi
Ethnic Code NAB57d
People ID 12630
Country Uganda
Region East and Southern Africa
Continent Africa
10/40 Window No
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Busoga Province between Lake Victoria and Lake Kyoga.   Source:  Ethnologue 2010

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Enthologue Language Map

Languages & Dialects on file:  1  (up to 20 largest shown)
Kenye (106,000)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Kenye 106,000
For Primary Language: Kenye

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions No
New Testament No
Complete Bible No
Resource Format
None reported  
Primary Religion: Christianity
Religion Subdivision: Roman Catholic

Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 24.00 %)
85.00 %
Ethnic Religions
1.00 %
0.00 %
14.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %

Christian Segments Percent
15.0 %
15.0 %
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
15.0 %
Roman Catholic
55.0 %
Profile Source: Anonymous  
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