West Limba in Guinea

Main Language
Largest Religion
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Introduction / History

Many of the Limba people were hunters or farmers before their communities were devastated. The West and East Limba peoples suffered at the hands of slave traders who took them from their West African homelands and shipped them to North America. The risk of being captured drove many of them to go to Freetown, now in Sierra Leone. Others had to contend with African invaders such as the Susus, the Mandingos and the Fulanis.

Where Are they Located?

Limba people live in Sierra Leone, Liberia or Guinea.

What Are Their Lives Like?

Both the West and East Limba people love visual arts, music and dance. They are noted for their copper masks which they use for funeral ceremonies. They excel in wood carvings, and one can buy them online. The Limba peoples love folk tales, which they use to teach their history and traditions to the young. They have their own proverbs and riddles which are passed down from generation to generation. They earn their living through hunting, growing rice or trading.

What Are Their Beliefs?

Though those in the northern regions are officially Muslim, the West and East Limba peoples rely heavily on their ancestral spirits. They have a spiritual "home" called Kakoia, where some go on a pilgrimage. Those in the southern regions, usually in Sierra Leone, are more likely to be Christians.

What Are Their Needs?

Both West and East Limba people need disciplers who will show them how to submit to the Lord of lords, and put their faith on the firm foundation, which is Christ.

Prayer Points

Pray for spiritual discernment and openness to truth among the West Limba people of Guinea.
Pray for workers to take the gospel to them and disciple those who embrace Christ with teachings from the Bible.

Scripture Prayers for the Limba, West in Guinea.



Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

People Name General Limba, West
People Name in Country Limba, West
Natural Name West Limba
Alternate Names Limba; South Limba; West Central Limba; Yimbe
Population this Country 2,100
Population all Countries 589,000
Total Countries 2
Indigenous No
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group No
GSEC 1  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
People ID 16038
ROP3 Code 111065
ROP25 Code 309018
ROP25 Name Yimba, Limba

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Primary Religion: Ethnic Religions
Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.20 %)
4.00 %
Ethnic Religions
84.00 %
0.00 %
12.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %
Primary Language Limba, West-Central
Language Code lia   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Limba, West-Central
Language Code lia   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Limba, West-Central
Photo Source John Atherton - Wikimedia  Creative Commons 
Profile Source Keith Carey 
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