Kanuri, Bilma in Niger

Joshua Project has identified the Kanuri, Bilma only in Niger






Largest Religion

Main Language



The Kanuri people are an African ethnic group living largely in the lands of the former Bornu Empire. The Bilma are one of the subgroups of Kanuri. Following the downfall of the Kanem-Bornu Empire and the scramble for Africa in the 19th century, the Kanuri were divided under the rule of the British, French, and German African empires. The Kanuri became Muslims in the 11th century. Some folk beliefs and traditions are still practiced in conjunction with Islam. Charms and amulets are worn around the neck or in pockets for various reasons. There is a charm to ensure a good pregnancy for a mother. There is also one to keep the ghost of the dead from haunting its descendants.

Ministry Obstacles

No scripture is reported as available in the language of the Bilma Kanuri.

Outreach Ideas

Please pray for Christian radio to be made widely available throughout Niger, and that the Kanuri will learn of its availability.

Pray for the Followers of Christ

There very well may be no followers of Jesus among the Bilma Kanuri today, but there may be a few. Please pray for new believers among the Kanuri, that they will be protected from discouragement and doubt. They need fellowship with mature believers.

Pray for the Entire People Group

Please pray for the Kanuri of Niger, that they will be drawn to the man Isa (Jesus) as the Koran is read and studied. Pray for an increasing interest in this man, a curiosity to find out more about him.

Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Kanuri, Bilma
People Name in Country Kanuri, Bilma
Population in Niger 31,000
World Population 31,000
Countries 1
Progress Scale 1.1
Least-Reached Yes
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names
Affinity Bloc Sub-Saharan Peoples
People Cluster Kanuri-Saharan
People Name General Kanuri, Bilma
Ethnic Code NAB61
People ID 19550
Country Niger
Region West and Central Africa
Continent Africa
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Northeast, Kawar region.   Source:  Ethnologue 2010
Languages & Dialects on file:  1  (up to 20 largest shown)
Kanuri, Bilma (31,000)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Kanuri, Bilma 31,000

For Main Lanugage: Kanuri, Bilma

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions No
New Testament No
Complete Bible No
Format Resource
None reported  
Primary Religion: Islam

Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.10 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
0.00 %
99.90 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %

Christian Segments Percent
0.0 %
35.0 %
0.0 %
Other Christian
20.0 %
20.0 %
Roman Catholic
25.0 %
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Map Source: Anonymous  
Profile Source: Joshua Project  
Data Sources: Data is compiled from various sources. Read more

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