Ngeti, South Lendu in Congo, Democratic Republic of

Joshua Project has identified the Ngeti only in Congo, Democratic Republic of





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Introduction / History

The Ngiti people are a group of 180,000 persons who live on the fertile hill slopes of north-eastern Zaire along the border with Uganda south of Lake Mobutu. They are self-sufficient agricultural people engaging in a wide range of farming activities as well as some animal husbandry. Farm products produce a balanced diet including maize, beans, various root crops, bananas and plantain. This diet is supplemented with milk and meat from the cattle and goat herds.

Land is owned communally by the village. When a man marries he is assigned a plot by the village elders which he retains so long as his family works it properly. Should he die or relocate his family, the land reverts to the village community property. Normally homes are along the ridges with the farm down the hillside. Very little development has reached these people.

School administration is done by church groups. The first three years of Primary school are taught in Kiswahili, then they switch over to French. Consequently a child who hears only the Ngiti language at home is presented with the problem of trying to learn his subjects in two entirely new languages. This includes trying to read, though no books are provided. Quite a few of the children cannot cope with this and consequently drop out before the end of Primary school. While school is considered mandatory, the parents are required to pay for uniforms, pencils and note book, an intolerable burden for many.

Several denominations have planted churches among the Ngiti population with maybe 50% of the people claiming Christianity. An alphabet has been created and several native speakers are about to begin Bible translation into their mother tongue. Scripture portions are now available. Other Ngiti people are needed to get involved in literacy work. Armed conflict in the area has hampered effort in translation and literacy and revealed the need for Scripture Use promotion.

Profile Source:   Anonymous  

People Name General Ngeti
People Name in Country Ngeti, South Lendu
Population in Congo, Democratic Republic of 186,000
World Population 186,000
Countries 1
Progress Scale 3.2
Least-Reached No
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Druna, Ngiti, South Lendu
Affinity Bloc Sub-Saharan Peoples
People Cluster Sudanic
People Name General Ngeti
Ethnic Code NAB66g
People ID 13352
Country Congo, Democratic Republic of
Region West and Central Africa
Continent Africa
10/40 Window No
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Orientale Province, Irumu Territory, south of Bunia.   Source:  Ethnologue 2010
Languages & Dialects on file:  1  (up to 20 largest shown)
Ngiti (186,000)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Ngiti 186,000
For Primary Language: Ngiti

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (2000-2008)
New Testament No
Complete Bible No
Resource Format
Audio Bible teaching (GRN) Audio Recordings
Jesus Film: view in Ngiti Film / Video
Primary Religion: Christianity
Religion Subdivision: Roman Catholic

Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 18.00 %)
75.00 %
Ethnic Religions
25.00 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %

Christian Segments Percent
0.0 %
10.0 %
0.0 %
Other Christian
20.0 %
35.0 %
Roman Catholic
35.0 %
Map Source: Anonymous  
Profile Source: Anonymous  
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