• PEOPLE NAME: TUMBUKA OF ZAMBIA

Affinity Group: Sub-Saharan African Peoples

Affinity Bloc: Sub-Saharan African

People Cluster: Bantu, Chewa-Sena

Language: Tumbuka - (tum)

Alternate Name(s):

Primary Religion: Ethnic Religions

Country: Zambia

Also found in: Malawi; Tanzania; Zimbabwe

Population: 597,000

Global Population: 2,399,500


PEID: 15640

ROP: 110273

Progress of the Gospel: Engaged yet Unreached

Global Status of Evangelical Christianity: Less than 2% Evangelical, Concentrated CP Activity


Overview: The Tumbuka of Zambia, numbering 597,000, are Engaged yet Unreached. They are part of the Bantu, Chewa-Sena people cluster within the Sub-Saharan African affinity bloc. Globally, this group totals 2,399,500 in 4 countries. Their primary language is Tumbuka. The primary religion practiced by the Tumbuka is ethnic religion. Ethnic religion is deeply rooted in a people's ethnic identity and conversion essentially equates to cultural assimilation.


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