Munyoyaya in Kenya

Joshua Project has identified the Munyoyaya only in Kenya






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Main Language


Introduction / History

The Munyoyaya are a small, closely-knit people group, living in the Tana River district, North of the Coast Province. Although they believe that they are known to all peoples, they remain unknown to many Kenyans.

They claim to have come from Ethiopia, migrating southwards to settle in their present home.

They are a Cushitic people, speaking the same language as the Ormas. Unlike most Cushitic people though, they practice subsistence farming on the flood plains of the Tana River, growing primarily corn and bananas. They occasionally fish too, and keep a few livestock.

These people hold very strong traditional beliefs and customs, yet also claim to be Muslims. Their employment to Arabs along with their interaction with their Somali neighbors brought the change from wholly traditional beliefs to the adoption of Islam. The fact that many do not understand Islam makes them turn to their previous practices to find solutions to life problems.

The inaccessibility of this people group could be a reason why they had no Christian contact. Some ministry among them began in 1991 (Sheepfold Ministries), but to date, there are no adherents.

Profile Source:   Anonymous  

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People Name General Munyoyaya
People Name in Country Munyoyaya
Population in Kenya 1,800
World Population 1,800
Countries 1
Progress Scale 1.1
Least-Reached Yes
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names
Affinity Bloc Horn of Africa Peoples
People Cluster Oromo
People Name General Munyoyaya
Ethnic Code CMT33b
People ID 20202
Country Kenya
Region East and Southern Africa
Continent Africa
10/40 Window No
Persecution Rank 19  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Location in Country North Eastern and Coast provinces, Garissa and Tana River districts.   Source:  Ethnologue 2010

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Enthologue Language Map

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Languages & Dialects on file:  1  (up to 20 largest shown)
Orma: Munyo (1,800)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Orma: Munyo 1,800
For Primary Language: Orma

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (2000)
New Testament No
Complete Bible No
Resource Format
Audio Bible teaching (GRN) Audio Recordings
Oral Bible Audio Recordings
Primary Religion: Islam

Major Religion Percent
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Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
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Ethnic Religions
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Other / Small
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Christian Segments Percent
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Other Christian
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Roman Catholic
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Profile Source: Anonymous  
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