• PEOPLE CLUSTER: BANTU, CENTRAL-LUBA


QUICK FACTS:

People groups: 14

Population: 18,430,500

Unreached people groups: 11

UPG population: 5,409,500

Unengaged UPGs: 1

UUPG population: 282,000

Number of countries: 3


Affinity Bloc: Sub-Saharan African

Overview: Bantu refers to a large, complex linguistic grouping of peoples in Africa. The Luba are a major ethnic group of the Democratic Republic of Congo. The Luba Kingdom first appeared in the fifteenth century. It began to decline in the late nineteenth century due to the expansion of the Chokwe empire. The Central-Luba Bantu people cluster encompasses more than a dozen people groups, most of which are subgroups of the Luba.

  -- James Olson, The Peoples of Africa: An Ethnohistorical Dictionary. Westport, Connecticut: Greenwood Press (1996). Pp. 345-346.

Peoples within this cluster: Bangobango; Binji; Kanyok; Kete; Luapula Lunda; Luba; Luba-Hemba; Luba-Lulua; Lwalwa; Ruund; Salampasu; Sanga, Luba Garenganze; Songye

Countries where they are found: Congo (Kinshasa); United States; Zambia


People groups: 14

Population: 18,430,500

Unreached people groups: 11

UPG population: 5,409,500

Unengaged UPGs: 1

UUPG population: 282,000

Number of countries: 3