Bakenyi of Uganda
People Name: Bakenyi
Country: Uganda
Language: Kenye
Population: 123,000
Unreached: No
People Cluster: Bantu, Central-Lakes
Primary Religion: Christianity
% Adherents: 85.00 %
% Evangelical: 24.00 %
Progress Status: 5.0
Profile provided by:

Joshua Project
PO Box 62614
Colorado Springs, CO 80962
United States


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.

Bakenyi of Uganda