Segeju in Tanzania


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Introduction / History

The Segeju are a people group living on the northeast coast of Tanzania, between the town of Tanga and the Kenya border.


What Are Their Lives Like?

The men spend their time fishing, selling fish and building fishing boats. Segeju children learn their school lessons in Swahili, a trade language used throughout East Africa. Their heart language is passing from use and is even threatened with extinction. It has no written form.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The Segeju people are Sunni Muslims who believe that the One, Supreme God, Allah, spoke through his prophet, Mohammed, and taught mankind how to live a righteous life through the Koran and the Hadith. To live a righteous life, you must utter the Shahada (a statement of faith), pray five times a day facing Mecca, fast from sunup to sundown during the month of Ramadan, give alms to the poor, and make a pilgrimage to Mecca if you have the means. Muslims are prohibited from drinking alcohol, eating pork, gambling, stealing, slandering, and making idols. They gather for corporate prayer on Friday afternoons at a mosque, their place of worship. The two main holidays for Sunni Muslims are Eid al Fitr, the breaking of the monthly fast and Eid al Adha, the celebration of Abraham’s willingness to sacrifice his son to Allah. Sunni religious practices are staid and simple. They believe that Allah has pre-determined our fates; they minimize free will. African Muslims like the Segeju people depend on the spirit world for their daily needs since they regard Allah as too distant. Allah may determine their eternal salvation, but the spirits determine how well we live in our daily lives. For that reason, they must appease the spirits. They often use charms and amulets to help them with spiritual forces.


What Are Their Needs?

The Segeju need the chance to respond to the only Savior, Jesus Christ, who offers them life to the full.


Prayer Points

Pray that the Segeju people will have a spiritual hunger that will open their hearts to the King of kings. Pray for the Lord to thrust out workers to the Segeju people. Pray for workers who are driven by the love and boldness of the Holy Spirit to go to them. Pray for a movement to Christ among them to begin this decade.


Scripture Prayers for the Segeju in Tanzania.


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

Additional Info
Global Prayer Digest: 2010-01-18
People Name General Segeju
People Name in Country Segeju
Population this Country 22,000
Population all Countries 23,000
Total Countries 2
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
GSEC 1  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Alternate Names Dhaiso
People ID 14816
ROP3 Code 108791
Country Tanzania
Region Africa, East and Southern
Continent Africa
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Tanga region, Muheza District, narrow strip of northeast coast between Tanga and Kenya border   Source:  Ethnologue 2010
Country Tanzania
Region Africa, East and Southern
Continent Africa
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Tanga region, Muheza District, narrow strip of northeast coast between Tanga and Kenya border.   Source:  Ethnologue 2010
Primary Language Segeju
Language Code seg   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Unknown
Total Languages 3
Secondary Languages
Chidigo Swahili
Primary Language Segeju
Language Code seg   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 3
Secondary Languages
  Chidigo
  Swahili
People Groups Speaking Segeju

Primary Language:  Segeju

Bible Translation Status:  Unspecified

Resource Type Resource Name Source
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching Global Recordings Network
Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religion Percent
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.02 %)
0.03 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
99.97 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Christian Segments Percent
Anglican
Unknown
Independent
Unknown
Orthodox
Unknown
Other Christian
Unknown
Protestant
Unknown
Roman Catholic
Unknown
Photo Source Link Up Africa 
Map Source Bryan Nicholson / cartoMission  
Profile Source Joshua Project  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more