Mwani in Mozambique

Joshua Project has identified the Mwani only in Mozambique





Largest Religion

Main Language


Introduction / History

The word "Mwani" means "beach" in their language. Mwani tradition states that around 1,100 years ago Arab traders came down the east coast of Africa to trade and to take slaves. Entire people groups along the coast became Muslims because the Arabs, being Muslims, were not allowed to take another Muslim as slaves. In this way the Mwanis also became Muslims. Today, to be a Mwani is to be a Muslim. From when they are children, Mwanis go to the Madrassa, or Islamic school. There they learn about Islam and learn to read and recite the Quran in its original Arabic form (Quran means to recite in Arabic), but many don't understand its meaning. Despite this ability to read Arabic, most Mwani are illiterate in their own language. Many speak only a little bit of the national language, Portuguese, and then not on a level enabling understanding of the Gospel.

Where Are they Located?

The Mwani live along the coast of northern Mozambique, and on islands close to the coast.

What Are Their Lives Like?

Most of them live not far from the sea. Most are very poor. Some make their living from fishing and transporting people by sea, many through trading, baking, and some farming. Many men attend mosque five times a day.

What Are Their Beliefs?

Folk Islamic. Very dedicated to Islam, but with some animistic practices, especially among the women.

What Are Their Needs?

The gospel. Micro enterprise development. Education.

Prayer Points

* A breakthrough of the gospel
* Breaking down of spiritual strongholds
* Wisdom, safety and health for the missonaries

Profile Source:   Anonymous  

Prayer Links
Global Prayer Digest: 2009-01-05
People Name General Mwani
People Name in Country Mwani
Population in Mozambique 134,000
World Population 134,000
Countries 1
Progress Scale 1.2
Least-Reached Yes
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Ibo, Lbo, Muwame, Quimuane
Affinity Bloc Sub-Saharan Peoples
People Cluster Bantu, Swahili
People Name General Mwani
Ethnic Code NAB57j
People ID 13902
Country Mozambique
Region East and Southern Africa
Continent Africa
10/40 Window No
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country In the north of Pemba, between Arimba and Palma, Ibo, Mocimba da Praia and the Querimba Islands..   Source:  Field worker
Languages & Dialects on file:  2  (up to 20 largest shown)
Mwani Makwe
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Mwani Makwe
For Primary Language: Mwani

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (2002-2006)
New Testament No
Complete Bible No
Audio Bible Online
Resource Format
Audio Bible teaching (GRN) Audio Recordings
Bible: Habari Ngema Text / Printed Matter
Jesus Film: view in Mwani Film / Video
Online New Testament (FCBH) Audio Recordings
Online New Testament (FCBH) Audio Recordings
The Hope Video Film / Video
Primary Religion: Islam

Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.03 %)
1.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
0.00 %
89.00 %
10.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %

Christian Segments Percent
0.0 %
100.0 %
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
0.0 %
Roman Catholic
0.0 %
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