The Kanembu are considered the modern descendants of the Kanem-Borno Empire, which exerted influence over central north Africa for over 1000 years. Their sultans and traditional rulers are still more influential than government authorities. They live in mud brick houses, with their culture and clothing much the same as in ancient times. For centuries they have been Muslim, but traditional African beliefs are mixed with Islam. The Kanembu depend on spiritism to meet daily problems.
The Kanembu have been Muslim for generations, and their identity is wrapped up in their current belief system.
Scripture portions are available in the Kanumbu language, as are Gospel recordings. Pray for Christians in other tribes to take the message of Christ to the Kanembu people.
There may be a very few followers of Jesus among the Kanembu, but even that is doubtful. Pray for those believers the Lord will soon call to himself from this tribe. Pray they will live holy lives, and will learn to live in the power of God's Spirit.
Pray this ancient tribe will be privileged to hear accurately who Jesus truly is, the Son of God, deity.
|Profile Source: Joshua Project|
|Expanded PDF Profile|
|Global Prayer Digest: 2013-02-03|
|Global Prayer Digest: 2016-02-12|
|People Name General||Kanembu|
|People Name in Country||Kanembu|
|Population in Nigeria||2,000|
|Pioneer Workers Needed||1 to 2|
|Progress Scale||1 ●|
|GSEC||1 (per PeopleGroups.org)|
|Alternate Names||Kanembou, Karkawu, Kenembu|
|Region||West and Central Africa|
|National Bible Society||Website|
|Persecution Rank||12 (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)|
|Primary Language||Kanembu (2,000 speakers)|
|Language Code||kbl Ethnologue Listing|
|Dialect Code||11508 Global Recordings Listing|
|Language Written||Yes ScriptSource Listing|
|People Groups||Speaking Kanembu|
Primary Language: Kanembu
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|Possible Print Bibles|
|Amazon||National Bible Societies|
|Forum of Bible Agencies||World Bible Finder|
|Gospel Go||World Bibles|
|Resource Type ▲||Resource Name|
|Audio Recordings||Audio Bible teaching (GRN)|
|Major Religion ▲||Percent *|
|Christianity (Evangelical 0.00 %)||
|Other / Small||
|Christian Segments ▲||Percent|