Mbukushu, Gova in Namibia





Largest Religion

Main Language


Introduction / History

The Mbukushu territory straddles 3 countries, namely Angola, Namibia and Botswana. Their language is called Thimbukushu.

They do agriculture and some cattle husbandry, but their interest is more with agriculture. As many of them live along the Kavango river, they also do fishing. In Namibia, the Mbukushu territory is part of the Kavango Region. Most Mbukushu people live traditional rural African lives, in huts built from mud/dung and thatched roofs.

The population is young, with many children. They have a tribal leadership consisting of a king, chiefs and councilors.

What Are Their Beliefs?

There are many Christians, though many Mbukushu are also practicing beliefs in witchcraft. This means that bad fortune is seen as a curse exercised by an enemy, such as a jealous family member. Witchdoctors are then consulted to help. The challenge of the church is to be disciples of Jesus Christ who can help people get free and discover Christian fellowship.

What Are Their Needs?

Many Mbukushu are quite poor, living off the land by means of subsistence farming. Therefore the church also struggles with funds for leadership/ministerial training and putting up infrastructure.

Profile Source:   Henk Olwage  

People Name General Mbukushu
People Name in Country Mbukushu, Gova
Population in Namibia 8,000
World Population 58,000
Countries 4
Progress Scale 3.1
Least-Reached No
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Gova, Kusso
Affinity Bloc Sub-Saharan Peoples
People Cluster Bantu, Central-South
People Name General Mbukushu
Ethnic Code NAB57g
People ID 13639
Country Namibia
Region East and Southern Africa
Continent Africa
10/40 Window No
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Northwest Ovambo and northeast Okavango area, Andara.   Source:  Ethnologue 2010

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Enthologue Language Map

Languages & Dialects on file:  1  (up to 20 largest shown)
Mbukushu (8,000)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Mbukushu 8,000
For Primary Language: Mbukushu

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1976-1986)
New Testament Yes   (1986)
Complete Bible No
Resource Format
Audio Bible teaching (GRN) Audio Recordings
Jesus Film: view in Mbukushu Film / Video
Primary Religion: Christianity
Religion Subdivision: Roman Catholic

Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 5.00 %)
55.00 %
Ethnic Religions
45.00 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %

Christian Segments Percent
0.0 %
20.0 %
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
20.0 %
Roman Catholic
60.0 %
Photo Source: Henk Olwage  
Profile Source: Henk Olwage  
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