Luhya, Saamia in Kenya





Largest Religion

Main Language


Introduction / History

The Saamia-Bungwe people are an agricultural group living around Lake Victoria in both Kenya and Uganda. They also extend to the rocky hills of Tororo where water is drawn mainly from the bore-holes and a few erratic streams which often dry up. The main crops are Cassava, millet, maize, sweet potatoes, and beans. Fruits like mangoes, citrus etc. grow wild. In addition, people keep poultry, sheep and goats, although in small numbers due to the prevalence of tsetse flies. In the past, the area had a sleeping sickness problem but that is now under control. Among the Saamia, land ownership is communal. When a man marries, he inherits a portion of the land owned by his father. The size depends on the available quantity.

Marriage ceremonies have both traditional and Christian dimensions. Partners discover each other because arranged marriages are rare today. The bride price is paid in monetary terms or in kind as cattle. No special clothes are worn for a traditional marriage. However, for a Christian marriage, the English wedding gowns and other bridal fittings are used. The man dresses in a suit or a traditional "Kanzu".

For the marriage to succeed, children are a must. The average family size is seven per couple, but, polygamy is common. Despite reduced death rates, resistance to family planning is still high. Those that are Christians have a strong faith and are considering their futures.

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People Name General Luhya, Saamia
People Name in Country Luhya, Saamia
Population in Kenya 143,000
World Population 719,000
Countries 2
Progress Scale 3.2
Least-Reached No
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Gwe, Luhya, Saamia
Country Kenya
Region East and Southern Africa
Continent Africa
10/40 Window No
Persecution Rank 19  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Location in Country Lake Victoria area, Western Province..   Source:
Languages & Dialects on file:  1  (up to 20 largest shown)
Saamia (143,000)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Saamia 143,000
For Primary Language: Saamia

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1904-1968)
New Testament Yes   (2011)
Complete Bible No
Audio Bible Online
Resource Format
Audio Bible teaching (GRN) Audio Recordings
Online New Testament (FCBH) Audio Recordings
World Missionary Press Booklets Text / Printed Matter
Primary Religion: Christianity
Religion Subdivision: Protestant

Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 45.00 %)
95.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
0.00 %
2.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
3.00 %
0.00 %

Christian Segments Percent
0.0 %
20.0 %
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
50.0 %
Roman Catholic
30.0 %
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