Nyaneka in Angola

Joshua Project has identified the Nyaneka only in Angola





Largest Religion

Main Language


Introduction / History

On a high Angolan plateau, a goatherd watches his small flock. He pulls his rough-woven garment more tightly around him against the breeze, noticing the beginning of a chill in the air. The mild summer is almost over in the Nyaneka-Mwila region, and he knows a cold winter will soon descend on the land. From his vantage point, he can see a neighbor's house, and he wonders if the man has lost any more cattle since outsiders recently raided. Without fences, the community shares the land, grazing their animals and raising small gardens. But how long can this continue with others moving in and staking "claims"? He ponders the disturbing situation as he watches the contented goats munch.

A few restless youth have moved to the city, but the goatherd doubts that is the answer. Maybe the church can help, but who can understand what it teaches? Who can understand a God who speaks another language? The Mwila are one subgroup of the Nyaneka people. The whole of Nyaneka consists of Myila and three other distinct languages, Handa, Cilenge and Nkumbi.

Profile Source:   Anonymous  

People Name General Nyaneka
People Name in Country Nyaneka
Population in Angola 563,000
World Population 563,000
Countries 1
Progress Scale 3.2
Least-Reached No
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Humbi, Nhaneca
Affinity Bloc Sub-Saharan Peoples
People Cluster Bantu, Central-Southwest
People Name General Nyaneka
Ethnic Code NAB57n
People ID 14084
Country Angola
Region East and Southern Africa
Continent Africa
10/40 Window No
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Southwest.   Source:  Ethnologue 2010

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Enthologue Language Map

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Languages & Dialects on file:  1  (up to 20 largest shown)
Nyaneka (563,000)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Nyaneka 563,000
For Primary Language: Nyaneka

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

Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 8.00 %)
90.00 %
Ethnic Religions
10.00 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %

Christian Segments Percent
0.0 %
5.0 %
0.0 %
Other Christian
10.0 %
10.0 %
Roman Catholic
75.0 %
Profile Source: Anonymous  
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