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Kanuri, Tumari in Niger

Kanuri, Tumari

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
107,000 Kanuri, Tumari Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % No No   

Kanuri, Tumari in Niger

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Introduction / History
The Tumari Kanuri, a name that includes the Tumari, Suwarti, Kuburi and Fachi peoples, live in and around the town of N 'Guigmi, and around the Lake Chad basin in eastern Niger. Their language has its roots in the former Kanem-Bornu empire, one of the earliest known Islamic empires in Africa. The Tumari Kanuri have been Muslims for over 1,000 years, their religion is part of their identity.

The Quranic school system is well developed, most children receive religious education. The Tumari Kanuri are proud of their language and their heritage. They would prefer to use it over other languages that they use in trade relations, such as Hausa or French. The Tumari raise cattle, and engage in active trade with their neighbors. During dry periods, herdsmen take their cattle to Lake Chad, while the other members of the group stay at home. With their home at a crossroads of desert trade routes, men spend a lot of time buying and selling, women and girls spend most of their time in food preparation and related activities. Children are expected to assume tasks suitable to their age, including caring for younger siblings, water carrying and running errands. Visiting neighbors and friends, and expressing hospitality and generosity are important to the Tumari Kanuri. Having many friends and relationships is more important than accumulating money and possessions.

Only a small percentage of the eligible school-age children actually attend primary school, and of those, only a very few continue on to secondary school. In 1980 an experimental school opened in the town of N 'Guigmi to teach students in their mother tongue, however, teachers were given material in a related Kanuri dialect which students did not understand. Because of this, most attempts at education and literacy in the mother tongue have not been successful. The Tumari Kanuri need materials in their own language.

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Country: Niger
Continent: Africa
Region: Africa, West and Central
Persecution Rank:28 (Only top 50 ranked, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
10/40 Window: Yes
Location in Country:Tumari in N'guigmi; dialects in neighboring villages
(Source: Ethnologue 2010)
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Linguistic Map:Ethnologue language map
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People Name in Country: Kanuri, Tumari
People Name General: Kanuri, Tumari
Alternate People Names:
Tumari Kanuri
ROP3 Code: 104604
Joshua Project People ID: 12508
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 107,000
Population all Countries: 107,000
Least-Reached: Yes
Affinity Bloc: Sub-Saharan Peoples
People Cluster: Kanuri-Saharan
People Name General: Kanuri, Tumari
Ethnic Code: NAB61
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Kanuri, Tumari
Language Code (ISO): krt    Ethnologue Listing
Secondary Languages:
Hausa (Unknown)
Total Languages: 2
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
Bible Translation Status
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New Testament: None Reported
Complete Bible: None Reported
Ministry Resources [7]
None Reported
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Kanuri, Tumari in Niger

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People Cluster
    Kanuri-Saharan     Africa, West and Central    
      Kanuri, Tumari Niger    
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