Lolo in Mozambique

Joshua Project has identified the Lolo only in Mozambique





Largest Religion

Main Language


Introduction / History

They don't share the same language with ethnic groups in the same area. Theirs can be a dialect from Lomwe or Makhuwa and very close to Takwani. There are cultural traces and similarities with other groups but with differences in rituals and family customs. They differ basically only on the kind of local leadership (e.g. the "Regulo"-- the traditional local leader-- should be from the same ethnic group)

Where Are they Located?

They live in the west area of the Province of Zambezia, in the Morrumbala district and around Derre. There are quite well populated towns and villages in the area.

What Are Their Lives Like?

Their subsistence activities are agriculture, trading and fishing.

What Are Their Beliefs?

They are animists. There is a Christian minority represented by many denominations. Most denominations teach a works based salvation message. There is also a high syncretism between Christianity and animism. There is a kind of church far way from being considered as a genuine Christian Church. There is an influence of sect groups from Malawi that mix Christian beliefs with witchcraft practices.

What Are Their Needs?

The most basic need is for a clear understanding and faith in Jesus Christ for salvation in the existing churches. There is an openess the Bible not found in most of the unreached groups in the north of Mozambique. There are some small groups of Lolo believers that need to mature. There is a severe lack in understanding of why the Bible matters among women, especially younger women. There are also minor needs in the areas of clean water, health, education and sustainable development.

Profile Source:   Ethnic & Missiologic Research, et al.  

Prayer Links
Global Prayer Digest: 2009-01-04
People Name General Lolo
People Name in Country Lolo
Population in Mozambique 227,000
World Population 227,000
Countries 1
Progress Scale 2.2
Least-Reached No
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Elolo, Ilolo
Affinity Bloc Sub-Saharan Peoples
People Cluster Bantu, Makua-Yao
People Name General Lolo
Ethnic Code NAB57b
People ID 18840
Country Mozambique
Region East and Southern Africa
Continent Africa
10/40 Window No
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country West area of the Province of Zambezia, in the Morrumbala district and around Derre..   Source:  Field worker
Languages & Dialects on file:  1  (up to 20 largest shown)
Lolo (227,000)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Lolo 227,000
For Primary Language: Lolo

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (2008)
New Testament No
Complete Bible No
Resource Format
None reported  
Primary Religion: Ethnic Religions

Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 1.00 %)
35.00 %
Ethnic Religions
65.00 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %

Christian Segments Percent
0.0 %
0.0 %
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
75.0 %
Roman Catholic
25.0 %
Photo Source: Anonymous  
Map Source: Anonymous  
Profile Source: Ethnic & Missiologic Research, et al.  
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