Mpoto, Nyasa in Tanzania

Joshua Project has identified the Mpoto only in Tanzania





Largest Religion

Main Language


Introduction / History

The WaMpoto derive their name from the name Mpoto which interpreted means north. This group is a branch of the Matengo which during the Ngoni invasion settled on the hills to the north of Songea. Their language is very close to that of the Matengo, perhaps due to their common origin. They lived in villages which were headed by chiefs ('jumbes').

During colonial times, these chiefs were appointed by the government. Farming is their main way of life, especially subsistence farming. They too had a communal social set up. Work was done communally. In former times, they worshipped spirits especially on gravesites. They were opposed to Christianity due to their entrenchment in this kind of worship. There are a few who still do it today though not openly. Present Christianity is nominal with the majority being Roman Catholics.

Profile Source:   Anonymous  

People Name General Mpoto
People Name in Country Mpoto, Nyasa
Population in Tanzania 70,000
World Population 70,000
Countries 1
Progress Scale 3.2
Least-Reached No
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Chimpoto, Nyasa
Affinity Bloc Sub-Saharan Peoples
People Cluster Bantu, Central-Tanzania
People Name General Mpoto
Ethnic Code NAB57o
People ID 13846
Country Tanzania
Region East and Southern Africa
Continent Africa
10/40 Window No
Persecution Rank 33  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Location in Country Ruvuma region, Mbinga District, southwest, Lake Nyasa northeast shore.   Source:  Ethnologue 2010

No people group map currently available. Use the above button to submit a map.

Enthologue Language Map

Languages & Dialects on file:  1  (up to 20 largest shown)
Mpoto (70,000)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Mpoto 70,000
For Primary Language: Mpoto

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1913-1924)
New Testament No
Complete Bible No
Resource Format
None reported  
Primary Religion: Christianity
Religion Subdivision: Roman Catholic

Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 13.00 %)
90.00 %
Ethnic Religions
5.00 %
0.00 %
5.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %

Christian Segments Percent
0.0 %
35.0 %
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
25.0 %
Roman Catholic
40.0 %
Profile Source: Anonymous  
Data Sources: Data is compiled from various sources. Read more

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