Kanembu in Nigeria

Photo Source:  James Lane 
Map Source:  Anonymous
People Name: Kanembu
Country: Nigeria
10/40 Window: Yes
Population: 2,300
World Population: 1,000,300
Primary Language: Kanembu
Primary Religion: Islam
Christian Adherents: 0.00 %
Evangelicals: 0.00 %
Scripture: Portions
Online Audio NT: No
Jesus Film: Yes
Audio Recordings: Yes
People Cluster: Kanuri-Saharan
Affinity Bloc: Sub-Saharan Peoples
Progress Level:


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.

Ministry Obstacles

The Kanembu have been Muslim for generations, and their identity is wrapped up in their current belief system.

Outreach Ideas

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.

Pray for the Followers of Christ

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 for the Entire People Group

Pray this ancient tribe will be privileged to hear accurately who Jesus truly is, the Son of God, deity.

Text Source:   Joshua Project