East Limba in Guinea

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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. Today the two Limba tribes, West and East, make up the third largest tribe in Sierra Leone.

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 East 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, East in Guinea.



Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

People Name General Limba, East
People Name in Country Limba, East
Natural Name East Limba
Alternate Names East Limba; North Limba; Yumba
Population this Country 1,200
Population all Countries 2,100
Total Countries 2
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
GSEC 1  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
People ID 16119
ROP3 Code 111211
ROP25 Code 304722
ROP25 Name Limba
Country Guinea
Region Africa, West and Central
Continent Africa
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Mamou region: Mamou prefecture, Oure-Kaba subprefecture, on Sierra Leone border.   Source:  Ethnologue 2016
Country Guinea
Region Africa, West and Central
Continent Africa
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Mamou region: Mamou prefecture, Oure-Kaba subprefecture, on Sierra Leone border..   Source:  Ethnologue 2016

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Primary Religion: Islam
Religion Subdivision: Syncretized
Major Religion Percent
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Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
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Ethnic Religions
20.00 %
0.00 %
80.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
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Primary Language Limba, East
Language Code lma   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Unknown
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Limba, East
Language Code lma   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Limba, East

Primary Language:  Limba, East

Bible Translation Status:  Translation Needed

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Profile Source Keith Carey 
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