Mbukushu, Gova of Namibia
People Name: Mbukushu, Gova
Country: Namibia
Language: Mbukushu
Population: 8,200
Unreached: No
People Cluster: Bantu, Central-South
Primary Religion: Christianity
% Adherents: 55.00 %
% Evangelical: 5.00 %
Progress Status: 4.0
Profile provided by:

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


Introduction / History
The Mbukushu territory straddles 3 countries, namely Angola, Namibia and Botswana. Their language is called Thimbukushu.

They do agriculture and some cattle husbandry, but their interest is more with agriculture. As many of them live along the Kavango river, they also do fishing. In Namibia, the Mbukushu territory is part of the Kavango Region. Most Mbukushu people live traditional rural African lives, in huts built from mud/dung and thatched roofs.

The population is young, with many children. They have a tribal leadership consisting of a king, chiefs and councilors.

What are their beliefs?
There are many Christians, though many Mbukushu are also practicing beliefs in witchcraft. This means that bad fortune is seen as a curse exercised by an enemy, such as a jealous family member. Witchdoctors are then consulted to help. The challenge of the church is to be disciples of Jesus Christ who can help people get free and discover Christian fellowship.

What are their needs?
Many Mbukushu are quite poor, living off the land by means of subsistence farming. Therefore the church also struggles with funds for leadership/ministerial training and putting up infrastructure.

Mbukushu, Gova of Namibia