Malakote, Ilwana in Kenya

Joshua Project has identified the Malakote only in Kenya





Largest Religion

Main Language


Introduction / History

The name Malakote (meaning slave) was given to this people group by the Somalis. The Somalis introduced them to Islam and made them slaves. The people today prefer to be called Ilwana (meaning free men) closely related to the Kiswahili word muunguana translated by Krapf and Cust (1882) to be "a free man". A Christian community among the Ilwana has provided refuge to Muslim Background Believers and other Christians when fighting breaks out and persecution is intense.

Where Are they Located?

They live along the Tana River

What Are Their Lives Like?

Their livilihood is based on farming, fishing and bee-keeping.

What Are Their Beliefs?

They practice Islam mixed with animism and witchcraft. Evangelism efforts have met opposition.

Profile Source:   Worker in Kenya, Pray for Kenya brochure  

Prayer Links
Global Prayer Digest: 2012-01-31
People Name General Malakote
People Name in Country Malakote, Ilwana
Population in Kenya 19,000
World Population 19,000
Countries 1
Progress Scale 3.2
Least-Reached No
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Ilwana
Affinity Bloc Sub-Saharan Peoples
People Cluster Bantu, East-Coastal
People Name General Malakote
Ethnic Code NAB57j
People ID 13432
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 Coast Province, Tana River District, Tana River north of Pokomo, between Bura and Garissa.   Source:  Ethnologue 2010
Languages & Dialects on file:  1  (up to 20 largest shown)
Kiwilwana (19,000)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Kiwilwana 19,000
For Primary Language: Kiwilwana

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions No
New Testament No
Complete Bible No
Resource Format
Audio Bible teaching (GRN) Audio Recordings
Primary Religion: Islam

Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 6.00 %)
15.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
0.00 %
85.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %

Christian Segments Percent
0.0 %
15.0 %
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
60.0 %
Roman Catholic
25.0 %
Photo Source: Jeff Nelson  
Map Source: Anonymous  
Profile Source: Worker in Kenya, Pray for Kenya brochure  
Data Sources: Data is compiled from various sources. Read more

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