Kwegu in Ethiopia

Joshua Project has identified the Kwegu only in Ethiopia





Largest Religion

Main Language


Introduction / History

The Kwegu speak a language which is Nilo-Saharan. There is 36% lexical similarity with the Mursi and, depending on the area where they live, they use the Bodi dialect of Me'en or Mursi as second languge.

The Kwegu live in symbiotic relationship with the Mursi, which by some anthropologists is considered more of tribal dominance, in which the Mursi dominates the Kwegu. The Kwegu serve the Mursi by providing them with honey, games and are available to ferry them across the Omo, for the Kwegu are expert in crossing through the swift currents of the Omo River. In return, the Mursi benefit the Kwegu by assisting them to obtain cattle (which the Kwegu do not have) which is the vital part of bride wealth and without which they cannot get married.

Profile Source:   Dr. Samuel Kebreab  

Expanded PDF Profile

People Name General Kwegu
People Name in Country Kwegu
Population in Ethiopia 800
World Population 800
Countries 1
Progress Scale 3.2
Least-Reached No
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Bacha, Koegu, Kwegi, Menja
Affinity Bloc Sub-Saharan Peoples
People Cluster Nilotic
People Name General Kwegu
Ethnic Code NAB62z
People ID 18363
Country Ethiopia
Region East and Southern Africa
Continent Africa
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 22  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Location in Country Southwest, Omo River west bank, Kuchur village, and a small group north.   Source:  Ethnologue 2010
Languages & Dialects on file:  1  (up to 20 largest shown)
Kwegu (900)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Kwegu 900
For Primary Language: Kwegu

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Translation Need Questionable
Resource Format
Audio Bible teaching (GRN) Audio Recordings
Primary Religion: Christianity
Religion Subdivision: Orthodox

Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 44.00 %)
58.00 %
Ethnic Religions
30.00 %
0.00 %
12.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %

Christian Segments Percent
0.0 %
10.0 %
80.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
10.0 %
Roman Catholic
0.0 %
Map Source: Anonymous  
Profile Source: Dr. Samuel Kebreab  
Data Sources: Data is compiled from various sources. Read more

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