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Bakenyi in Uganda


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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
123,000 Kenye Christianity 85.00 % 24.00 % No No   

Bakenyi in Uganda

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Introduction / History
The Bakenyi of Uganda are a Bantu ethnic group of people. It is believed that they migrated from the Buganda central region and moved eastward and settled in eastern part of Uganda around Lake Kyoga basin in the Buyende district in sub counties like Kidera, Nkondo, Kagulu and others.

Some Bakenyi crossed Lake Kyoga and settled in the Teso region in areas of the Kadungulu sub county around Kagwara and Namulemuka. Many Bakenyi are settled around the northern part of Lake Victoria in the Bwonda landing site in Mayuge and the district landing site in Jinja District.

The Bakenyi have around 20 clans like Bakoma, Baseregwe, Bawengere, Babango, Bagulu, Bandije, Bajwana, Batembe, Basagule, Babira and others.

What are their lives like?
They live near waterways and fishing is an important aspect of their lives.

They are polygamist and practice widow inheritance. This means a widow is forced to marry the brother of her deceased husband.

What are their beliefs?
They believe in small gods such as Lubale, Katigo, Isiranya and others.

What are their needs?
They need clean water and medical care. AIDS and malaria are killing people. They need capital to buy standard fishing tools. Education is needed as well as spiritual support.

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Country: Uganda
Continent: Africa
Region: Africa, East and Southern
10/40 Window: No
Location in Country:Buyende, Kaliro, Pallisa, Serere, and Mayuge districts: Lake Victoria and Lake Kyoga basin; some in Kamuli, Kaberamaido, Kayunga, Bugiri, and Busia districts.
(Source: Ethnologue 2016)
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People Name in Country: Bakenyi
People Name General: Bakenyi
ROP3 Code: 104849
Joshua Project People ID: 12630
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 123,000
Population all Countries: 123,000
Least-Reached: No
Affinity Bloc: Sub-Saharan Peoples
People Cluster: Bantu, Central-Lakes
People Name General: Bakenyi
Ethnic Code: NAB57d
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Kenye (123,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): lke    Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Christianity
Religion Sub-division:Roman Catholic
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity85.00 %(Evangelical: 24.00 %)
Ethnic Religions1.00 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam14.00 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small0.00 % 
Unknown0.00 % 
Christianity Segments:
Anglican15.00 %
Independent15.00 %
Protestant15.00 %
Orthodox0.00 %
Other Christian0.00 %
Roman Catholic55.00 %
(Evangelicals distributed across Christianity segments)
Progress Indicators [5]
Progress Scale[6]   Evangelicals have a significant presence.
Least-Reached: No
Bible Translation Status
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New Testament: None Reported
Complete Bible: None Reported
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None Reported
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Bakenyi in Uganda

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People Cluster
    Bantu, Central-Lakes     Africa, East and Southern    
      Bakenyi Uganda    
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