Nzebi, Njebi in Gabon





Largest Religion

Main Language


Introduction / History

The majority of the Nzebi people live in small villages and towns spread across the forested lands of southern Gabon with a small population over the border in southwestern Congo (Brazza). Many, however, are found in the major urban centers of Gabon, especially in the capital, Libreville. The church was well established amongst the Nzebi beginning in the 1930s through the Christian & Missionary Alliance. Today, a congregation meets in nearly all Nzebi villages for worship and teaching.

Some still follow the traditional pagan religion, Mbuti, and especially in the villages there is much nominal Christianity with syncretism of Christian practice and traditional religion. Spiritual needs include the whole Bible in the vernacular, greater use of the vernacular as opposed to French in worship and preaching, and trained pastors and lay leadership for village churches.

They are primarily subsistence farmers who grow manioc, plantains, corn, yams, sugarcane, taro, peppers, oranges, pineapples, and bananas. Small cash crops include coffee, peanuts, palm oil, dried fish, and yams in local markets. The Nzebi also hunt and fish. They are adequately educated with a fairly high literacy rate in French. Gabon's stability, established through good leadership and rich oil reserves, has made electricity and clean water available to many in the cities, towns, and villages though some towns and villages are still without one or the other of these.

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People Name General Nzebi
People Name in Country Nzebi, Njebi
Population in Gabon 176,000
World Population 197,000
Countries 2
Progress Scale 3.2
Least-Reached No
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Bandzabi, Ndjabi, Njebi, Njevi
Affinity Bloc Sub-Saharan Peoples
People Cluster Bantu, Northwest
People Name General Nzebi
Ethnic Code NAB57k
People ID 14109
Country Gabon
Region West and Central Africa
Continent Africa
10/40 Window No
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Ogooue-Lolo and Ngounie provinces, west of Franceville, to Lebamba area.   Source:  Ethnologue 2010

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Enthologue Language Map

Languages & Dialects on file:  1  (up to 20 largest shown)
Njebi (176,000)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Njebi 176,000
For Primary Language: Njebi

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1958-1959)
New Testament Yes   (1968-1979)
Complete Bible No
Audio Bible Online
Resource Format
Audio Bible teaching (GRN) Audio Recordings
Jesus Film: view in Njebi Film / Video
Online New Testament (FCBH) Audio Recordings
World Missionary Press Booklets Text / Printed Matter
Primary Religion: Christianity
Religion Subdivision: Roman Catholic

Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 14.00 %)
72.00 %
Ethnic Religions
16.00 %
0.00 %
9.00 %
3.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %

Christian Segments Percent
0.0 %
15.0 %
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
20.0 %
Roman Catholic
65.0 %
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