Teso in Kenya

Population

378,000

Christian

94.0%

Evangelical

46.0%

Largest Religion

Main Language

Progress


Profile Source: Anonymous


Introduction / History

The Kenyan Teso people are an extension of their Ugandan counterparts in that they were merely separated by the partition of East Africa during the historic scramble and partition of Africa just like the Maasai of Kenya and Tanzania and the Oromo of Kenya and Ethiopia. They are among the Plain Nilotic groups closely related to the Turkana, Karamojong, Toposa and the Maa groups of the Maasai and Samburu.


Where are they Located?

The Teso people are located in Western Province of Kenya currently in Busia County which is in South of Mt. Elgon. Still, a large number of them inhabit parts of Bungoma and even Trans Nzoia Counties which are dominated by the Bukusu of the Luhya community.


What are Their Lives Like?

Teso people are the only Plains Nilotic people whose lifestyles underwent drastic changes. Having been pastoralists since time immemorial, these people are now the most successful farmers in both Western Kenya and Eastern Uganda.


What are Their Beliefs?

In recent years the people have changed much of their lifestyle. They used to exhume the dead after some time because of population pressure on their land and they no longer have bushes to dump the bones of people who died long time ago. Now they use cement graves -- a sign that they have embraced new ways of dealing with the dead. They believe in one God (Akuju) and also in life after death.


What are Their Needs?

Promotion of self-respect and cohesiveness. Improvement of schools and other social amenities, development of roads, urbanization and governance.


Prayer Points

* Pray that the Teso can embrace wholly the true God and stop practicing witchcraft and other harmful beliefs.
* Pray for prosperity to come to the Teso land
* Pray for rejuvenation of ways of doing things through enrichment of their mindset and for the people to become more hardworking and productive to counter the challenges of life.



Profile Source: Anonymous

People Name General Teso
People Name in Country Teso
Population in Kenya 378,000
Progress Scale 3.2
Least-Reached No
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Iteso
Affinity Bloc Sub-Saharan Peoples
People Cluster Nilotic
People Name General Teso
Ethnic Code NAB62q
Country Kenya
Continent Africa
Region East and Southern Africa
10/40 Window No
Location in Country Western Province, Busia District

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Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Teso (378,000)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Teso 378,000
Largest Religion Christianity
Buddhism
0.00%
Christianity
94%    ( Evangelical  46% )
Ethnic Religions
6.00%
Hinduism
0.00%
Islam
0.00%
Non-Religious
0.00%
Other / Small
0.00%
Unknown
0.00%
Christian Segments
Anglican
0.00%
Independent
15.00%
Protestant
75.00%
Orthodox
0.00%
Other Christian
0.00%
Roman Catholic
10.00%
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