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Kanembu in Nigeria


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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
2,300 Kanembu Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % No   

Kanembu in Nigeria

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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.

Scripture Focus
So teach us to number our days that we may get a heart of wisdom.

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Prayer Links
Global Prayer Digest: 2013-02-03
Global Prayer Digest: 2016-02-12
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Country: Nigeria
Continent: Africa
Region: Africa, West and Central
Persecution Rank:6 (Only top 50 ranked, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
10/40 Window: Yes
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Linguistic Map:Ethnologue language map
  Peoples [3]
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People Name in Country: Kanembu
People Name General: Kanembu
Alternate People Names:
ROP3 Code: 104570
Joshua Project People ID: 12489
Indigenous: No
Population in Country: 2,300
Population all Countries: 969,000
Least-Reached: Yes
Affinity Bloc: Sub-Saharan Peoples
People Cluster: Kanuri-Saharan
People Name General: Kanembu
Ethnic Code: NAB61
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Kanembu (2,300 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): kbl    Ethnologue Listing
Primary Dialect:Nguri
Dialect Code:11508
Total Languages: 1
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity0.00 %(Evangelical: 0.00 %)
Ethnic Religions0.00 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam100.00 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small0.00 % 
Unknown0.00 % 
Christianity Segments:
Anglican0.00 %
Independent0.00 %
Protestant0.00 %
Orthodox0.00 %
Other Christian0.00 %
Roman Catholic0.00 %
(Evangelicals distributed across Christianity segments)
Progress Indicators [5]
Progress Scale[6]   Few evangelicals and few who claim to be Christians. Little, if any, history of Christianity.
Least-Reached: Yes
GSEC Status:Level 1   Less than 2% Evangelical. Some evangelical resources available, but no active church planting within past 2 years
Bible Translation Status
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Bible Portions: 2001
New Testament: None Reported
Complete Bible: None Reported
Possible Bible Sources: Forum of Bible Agencies
 World Bible Finder
 World Christian Resource Directory
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Ministry Resources [7]
Audio RecordingsMegaVoice Audio Bible and Stories
Audio RecordingsAudio Bible teaching
Film / VideoJesus Film
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Kanembu in Nigeria

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  Affinity Bloc             Global  
People Cluster
    Kanuri-Saharan     Africa, West and Central    
      Kanembu Nigeria    
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            Kanembu in Nigeria          
      Religion Language  
      Islam     Kanembu  
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