Tumbuka in Zimbabwe

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Introduction / History

The Tumbuka or Phoka is a small group of people originally from around the Nyika Plateau of the northern Malawi.

Where Are they Located?

Currently, they have spread to Zambia, but they are mostly found between the Nkhamanga Kingdom of Rumphi on the south, Tonga on the east and Ngonde on the North.

What Are Their Lives Like?

Basically they are a quiet people who depend on subsistence farming and hunting.

What Are Their Beliefs?

Originally they believed mostly in magic and witchcraft, but with the coming of civilization that has changed. Today many are Christians.

Prayer Points

Scripture Prayers for the Tumbuka in Zimbabwe.

Profile Source:   Anonymous  

People Name General Tumbuka
People Name in Country Tumbuka
Population this Country 18,000
Population all Countries 3,505,000
Total Countries 3
Indigenous No
Progress Scale 4
Unreached No
Frontier People Group No
GSEC 1  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed
Alternate Names Mombera; Phoka
People ID 15634
ROP3 Code 110273

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Primary Language Tumbuka (18,000 speakers)
Language Code tum   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Tumbuka (18,000 speakers)
Language Code tum   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Tumbuka

Primary Language:  Tumbuka

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1904-1994)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1911-2003)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1957-2017)
Bible-NT Audio Online
Bible-NT Text Online
Possible Print Bibles
World Bibles
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
Virtual Storehouse
Resource Type Resource Name Source
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching Global Recordings Network
Audio Recordings Online New Testament Faith Comes by Hearing
Film / Video God's Story video God's Story
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Tumbuka Jesus Film Project
Film / Video LUMO film of Gospels Bible Media Group/LUMO
Film / Video My Last Day video, anime Jesus Film Project
General Bible for Children Bible for Children
General Gospel resources links Scripture Earth
Mobile App Download audio Bible app from Google Play Store Faith Comes by Hearing
Text / Printed Matter Bible: Tumbuka YouVersion Bibles
Text / Printed Matter Literacy primer for Tumbuka Literacy & Evangelism International
Text / Printed Matter Topical Scripture booklets and Bible studies World Missionary Press
Primary Religion: Christianity
Religion Subdivision: Independent
Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 5.00 %)
89.00 %
Ethnic Religions
10.00 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
1.00 %
0.00 %
Christian Segments Percent
0.0 %
50.0 %
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
40.0 %
Roman Catholic
10.0 %
Photo Source Eric Gondwe 
Profile Source Anonymous  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more