Sumbwa in Tanzania

Joshua Project has identified the Sumbwa only in Tanzania





Largest Religion

Main Language


Introduction / History

The Sumbwa people are scattered over a wide area in northern Tanzania. According to tradition, they originated in the far western part of the country, and many, many years ago they moved into the north central area of the country, where they conquered the local people and set up their own chiefdom. This area is considered the heart of the Sumbwa lands, although many Sumbwa live quite far from there.

Originally, the Sumbwa were hunters, but now they are mainly farmers. Cotton is their main cash crop, and they grow maize and cassava for food. Bee-keeping for the purpose of gathering honey is also one of their sources of food and income. Among the Sumbwa people there are Christians, Muslims, and followers of the traditional religion. A large percentage of the Sumbwa claim affiliation with the Roman Catholic church, which has been in the area for over one-hundred years. There are other Christian denominations in the area, but most have arrived only within the past ten years or so. Many Sumbwa still follow the traditional religion, while few of the Sumbwa are followers of Islam.

Profile Source:   Anonymous  

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People Name General Sumbwa
People Name in Country Sumbwa
Population in Tanzania 420,000
World Population 420,000
Countries 1
Progress Scale 3.1
Least-Reached No
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names
Affinity Bloc Sub-Saharan Peoples
People Cluster Bantu, Central-Tanzania
People Name General Sumbwa
Ethnic Code NAB57o
People ID 15120
Country Tanzania
Region East and Southern Africa
Continent Africa
10/40 Window No
Persecution Rank 33  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Location in Country Shinyanga region, Bukombe District.   Source:  Ethnologue 2010
Languages & Dialects on file:  1  (up to 20 largest shown)
Sumbwa (420,000)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Sumbwa 420,000
For Primary Language: Sumbwa

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions No
New Testament No
Complete Bible No
Resource Format
Audio Bible teaching (GRN) Audio Recordings
God's Story Video Film / Video
Primary Religion: Ethnic Religions

Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 5.00 %)
32.00 %
Ethnic Religions
45.00 %
0.00 %
23.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %

Christian Segments Percent
10.0 %
5.0 %
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
30.0 %
Roman Catholic
55.0 %
Map Source: Anonymous  
Profile Source: Anonymous  
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