Ngoni in Mozambique





Largest Religion

Main Language


Introduction / History

They don't share a common language but there is certain interaction with Swahili and Makhuwa. More than 30% of men can speak it. Portuguese can also be spoken by 30 to 40% of the male and children's population that have been in school.They have similar background, with little differences, with neighboring tribes.

What Are Their Lives Like?

Their subsistence activities are agriculture, trading and fishing.

What Are Their Beliefs?

Almost all of them are Muslims. Some also practice their traditional, animistic religion. Even though they have Islam as their formal religion, in their daily lives when facing problems they go to the traditional healers or witchdoctors.

What Are Their Needs?

There is little willingness in reaching out Muslim areas and the number of missionaries is very small. It is likely that mission organizations will be more willing to reach them out than nationals at the moment.Their physical needs are in the areas of health, education/sports and social development.

Profile Source:   Ethnic & Missiologic Research  

People Name General Ngoni
People Name in Country Ngoni
Population in Mozambique 74,000
World Population 1,187,000
Countries 3
Progress Scale 2.2
Least-Reached No
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Angoni, Gomani, Magwangara, Mombera, Mpezeni, Sutu
Affinity Bloc Sub-Saharan Peoples
People Cluster Bantu, Nguni
People Name General Ngoni
Ethnic Code NAB57i
People ID 13367
Country Mozambique
Region East and Southern Africa
Continent Africa
10/40 Window No
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Central Cabo Delgado Province; Niassa Province, Macuaida area; northeast Tete Province.   Source:  Ethnologue 2010
Languages & Dialects on file:  1  (up to 20 largest shown)
Ngoni (74,000)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Ngoni 74,000
For Primary Language: Ngoni

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1891-2012)
New Testament No
Complete Bible No
Resource Format
Audio Bible teaching (GRN) Audio Recordings
Primary Religion: Ethnic Religions

Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 2.00 %)
26.00 %
Ethnic Religions
73.00 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
1.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %

Christian Segments Percent
30.0 %
0.0 %
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
0.0 %
Roman Catholic
70.0 %
Map Source: Anonymous  
Profile Source: Ethnic & Missiologic Research  
Data Sources: Data is compiled from various sources. Read more

Copyright © 2015 Joshua Project.  A ministry of Frontier Ventures.