Suba in Kenya

Population

148,000

Christian

100%

Evangelical

45%

Largest Religion

Main Language

Progress


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Introduction / History

Beginning in the mid-1700's, Suba people began coming from the region just West of Lake Victoria to settle the islands and shores of the northeastern side of the lake. Fishing and boat building have been their traditional occupations. The Suba were also renowned hippo hunters before it was against the law to kill wild animals. Today farming is growing as an occupation, and cattle are kept mainly to provide for the payment of bride price.

Ever since coming to this area the Suba have been overshadowed by other ethnic groups, particularly Luo to the east. The result has been a reliance on others for trade and survival. Intermarriage with the Luo is commonplace, but Luo customs are generally maintained when this happens. European influence, which penetrated Africa from the east, viewed the Suba as a sub-group of the Luo. This further caused the Suba minority to lose recognition of their distinct culture.

Because the Suba language is very different from other language in the area, it came to be viewed as inferior. Education was introduced in English and Luo, and some Suba people have lost the ability to speak their own language. Christianity too was brought to this area through the Luo people. In recent years the Suba people have developed a strong interest in preserving their culture and language. A vital step in this direction is to make Suba a written language. Suba Scriptures will greatly strengthen the existing church by making the Bible available to the people in the language they understand best.




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Country Kenya
Continent Africa
Region East and Southern Africa
10/40 Window No
Location in Country Lake Victoria east shore; Mfangano and Rusinga islands
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People Name General Suba
People Name in Country Suba
ROP3 Code 109563
Joshua Project People ID 15098
Indigenous Yes
Population in Kenya 148,000
Least-Reached No
Alternate Names for People Group
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Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Suba 147,922
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Affinity Bloc Sub-Saharan Peoples
People Cluster Bantu, Central-Lakes
People Name General Suba
Ethnic Code NAB57d
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Largest Religion Christianity
Buddhism
0.00%
Christianity
100%    ( Evangelical  45% )
Ethnic Religions
0.00%
Hinduism
0.00%
Islam
0.00%
Non-Religious
0.00%
Other / Small
0.00%
Unknown
0.00%
Christian Segments
Anglican
60.00%
Independent
20.00%
Protestant
20.00%
Orthodox
0.00%
Other Christian
0.00%
Roman Catholic
0.00%
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