• PEOPLE NAME: YAO OF MALAWI

Affinity Group: Sub-Saharan African Peoples

Affinity Bloc: Sub-Saharan African

People Cluster: Bantu, Makua-Yao

Language: Yao - (yao)

Alternate Name(s):

Primary Religion: Islam - Sunni

Country: Malawi

Also found in: Mozambique; Tanzania; Zimbabwe

Population: 2,390,000

Global Population: 3,440,000


PEID: 15343

ROP: 110980

Progress of the Gospel: Engaged yet Unreached

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


Overview: The Yao of Malawi, numbering 2,390,000, are Engaged yet Unreached. They are part of the Bantu, Makua-Yao people cluster within the Sub-Saharan African affinity bloc. Globally, this group totals 3,440,000 in 4 countries. Their primary language is Yao. The primary religion practiced by the Yao is Sunni Islam, the largest branch of Islam. Sunni Muslims follow the teachings of the Qur'an and consider the first four caliphs to be the rightful successors of Muhammad.


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