Tumbuka, Phoka in Malawi





Largest Religion

Main Language


Introduction / History

The Tumbuka or Phoka is a small group of people originally from around the Nyika Plateau of the northern Malawi.

Where Are they Located?

Currently, they have spread to Zambia, but they are mostly found between the Nkhamanga Kingdom of Rumphi on the south, Tonga on the east and Ngonde on the North.

What Are Their Lives Like?

Basically they are a quiet people who depend on subsistence farming and hunting.

What Are Their Beliefs?

Originally they believed mostly in magic and witchcraft, but with the coming of civilization that has changed. Today many are Christians.

Profile Source:   Anonymous  

People Name General Tumbuka
People Name in Country Tumbuka, Phoka
Population in Malawi 2,440,000
World Population 3,085,000
Countries 3
Progress Scale 3.2
Least-Reached No
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Mombera, Phoka
Affinity Bloc Sub-Saharan Peoples
People Cluster Bantu, Chewa-Sena
People Name General Tumbuka
Ethnic Code NAB57b
People ID 15634
Country Malawi
Region East and Southern Africa
Continent Africa
10/40 Window No
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Northern Province, west shore of Lake Malawi, south of the Ngonde, north of the Tonga and Ngoni.   Source:  Ethnologue 2010

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Enthologue Language Map

Languages & Dialects on file:  1  (up to 20 largest shown)
Tumbuka: Phoka (2,440,000)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Tumbuka: Phoka 2,440,000

For Main Lanugage: Tumbuka

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1904-1994)
New Testament Yes   (1911-2003)
Complete Bible Yes   (1957-1980)
Audio Bible Online
Format Resource
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio Recordings Online New Testament (FCBH)
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Tumbuka
Text / Printed Matter EasyBibles
Text / Printed Matter EasyBibles
Text / Printed Matter World Missionary Press Booklets
Primary Religion: Christianity
Religion Subdivision: Protestant

Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 13.00 %)
97.00 %
Ethnic Religions
3.00 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %

Christian Segments Percent
0.0 %
5.0 %
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
75.0 %
Roman Catholic
20.0 %
Photo Source: Eric Gondwe  
Profile Source: Anonymous  
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