Kikuyu, Gikuyu in Kenya





Largest Religion

Main Language


Introduction / History

The Kikuyu of Kenya are the biggest tribe in the country. They have much of the power of rule and leadership. They are small scale farmers and keep livestock. Their main cash crop is maize.

What Are Their Beliefs?

The kikuyu God is Mwenenyanga, who placed the Kikuyu and Mumbi under a mugumo tree. They gave birth to nine daughters who later found men to marry. These daughters were Wairimu, Wanjiku, Waithara, Wangui, Wambui, Wanjiru, Njeri/Wasera to metion a few. Their God Mwenenyanga, living on Mount Kenya, is also know as Kirinyanga. They also believe in spirits and the dead, they offer libations to the dead so they can get blessings.

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People Name General Kikuyu
People Name in Country Kikuyu, Gikuyu
Population in Kenya 9,175,000
World Population 9,304,000
Countries 4
Progress Scale 3.2
Least-Reached No
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Gikuyu
Affinity Bloc Sub-Saharan Peoples
People Cluster Bantu, Gikuyu-Kamba
People Name General Kikuyu
Ethnic Code NAB57e
People ID 12681
Country Kenya
Region East and Southern Africa
Continent Africa
10/40 Window No
Persecution Rank 19  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Location in Country West central, Central Province, Kiambu, Murang'a, Nyeri, and Kirinyaga districts.   Source:  Ethnologue 2010

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Enthologue Language Map

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Languages & Dialects on file:  1  (up to 20 largest shown)
Gikuyu (9,175,000)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Gikuyu 9,175,000
For Primary Language: Gikuyu

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1903-1964)
New Testament Yes   (1926-1994)
Complete Bible Yes   (1951-1965)
Audio Bible Online
Resource Format
Audio Bible teaching (GRN) Audio Recordings
Bible-in-Your-Language Text / Printed Matter
Bible: Gikuyu Common Language with DC Text / Printed Matter
Bible: The Holy Bible in Gĩkũyũ Language Published as Ibuku Text / Printed Matter
EasyBibles Text / Printed Matter
Four Spiritual Laws General
God's Story Video Film / Video
Gods Simple Plan General
Jesus Film: view in Gikuyu Film / Video
Online New Testament (FCBH) Audio Recordings
Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project) Audio Recordings
Walk with Jesus (Africa, JFP) Film / Video
World Missionary Press Booklets Text / Printed Matter
Primary Religion: Christianity
Religion Subdivision: Independent

Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 55.00 %)
98.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.50 %
0.00 %
0.50 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
1.00 %
0.00 %

Christian Segments Percent
20.0 %
35.0 %
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
30.0 %
Roman Catholic
15.0 %
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Profile Source: Anonymous  
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