• PEOPLE CLUSTER: BANTU, GIKUYU-KAMBA

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QUICK FACTS:

People groups: 11

Population: 16,251,500

Unreached people groups: 6

UPG population: 630,500

Unengaged UPGs: 0

UUPG population: 0

Number of countries: 3


Affinity Bloc: Sub-Saharan African

Overview: Bantu refers to a large, complex linguistic grouping of peoples in Africa. The Gikuyu-Kamba Bantu people cluster encompasses more than a dozen ethnic or tribal people groups of which the two largest are the Kikuyu (Gikuyu), one of the main ethnic groups in Kenya located in the highlands north of Nairobi, and the Kamba, another of Kenya's primary ethnic groups located east of Nairobi, especially in the Machakos and Kitui districts in Eastern Province.

  -- James Olson, The Peoples of Africa: An Ethnohistorical Dictionary. Westport, Connecticut: Greenwood Press (1996). Pp. 268, 286.

Peoples within this cluster: Chuka; Embu; Kamba; Kikuyu; Meru; Meru, Rwo; Tharaka

Countries where they are found: Kenya; Tanzania; Uganda


People groups: 11

Population: 16,251,500

Unreached people groups: 6

UPG population: 630,500

Unengaged UPGs: 0

UUPG population: 0

Number of countries: 3