Tambo in Nigeria





Largest Religion

Main Language


Introduction / History

The Mbula people live in rural villages in northeastern Nigeria. They are increasingly affected by changes happening around them. About 50 percent claim they believe in Jesus Christ. However, because many Mbula do not understand the Hausa trade language that is used in churches, God seems quite distant. Believers here are convinced that mother tongue Scripture will transform their villages and churches and be a clear tool to share salvation with family and friends.

The Mbula people are farmers. They make a living from their land, but poverty plagues them. Although they live in rural areas, the influences of urban civilization are making inroads into their villages.

What Are Their Beliefs?

Historically, Mbula speakers have been passionate about Scripture translation. Sixty years after they first received Danish missionaries, a mother tongue speaker translated parts of God's Word on his own. However, he lacked help to produce a full, high-quality translation; today, his manuscripts are illegible.

Profile Source:   Anonymous  

Expanded PDF Profile

People Name General Tambo
People Name in Country Tambo
Population in Nigeria 29,000
World Population 55,000
Countries 2
Progress Scale 2.2
Least-Reached No
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Tembo
Affinity Bloc Sub-Saharan Peoples
People Cluster Bantu, Central-Tanzania
People Name General Tambo
Ethnic Code NAB56b
People ID 15230
Country Nigeria
Region West and Central Africa
Continent Africa
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 10  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Location in Country Adamawa state, Numan, Guyuk, Song, Demsa LGAs.   Source:  Ethnologue 2010
Languages & Dialects on file:  1  (up to 20 largest shown)
Mbula-Bwazza (29,000)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Mbula-Bwazza 29,000
For Primary Language: Mbula-Bwazza

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (2008)
New Testament No
Complete Bible No
Resource Format
Audio Bible teaching (GRN) Audio Recordings
Jesus Film: view in Mbula-Bwazza Film / Video
The Seed Company Translation Project Text / Printed Matter
Primary Religion: Ethnic Religions

Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 1.00 %)
10.00 %
Ethnic Religions
88.00 %
0.00 %
2.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %

Christian Segments Percent
0.0 %
25.0 %
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
50.0 %
Roman Catholic
25.0 %
Map Source: Anonymous  
Profile Source: Anonymous  
Data Sources: Data is compiled from various sources. Read more

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